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Feature Article | December 28, 2010 by Daniel Hardt

To keep its electricity flowing, Vattenfall has separated its grid and sales activities

To keep its electricity flowing, Vattenfall has separated its grid and sales activities

Vattenfall separates grid and sales

The German utility company Vattenfall has been conducting its IT activities separately with regard to its grid and sales since October 2010, thus meeting the unbundling requirements stipulated by Germany’s Federal Network Agency before the corresponding deadline. Vattenfall Europe Information Services (VE IS) handled the separation.

A key aspect of this process was isolating billing data from the areas of sales and distribution by restructuring SAP for Utilities – a solution portfolio used throughout the company. Meanwhile, Vattenfall had to integrate its Hamburg and Berlin locations into a common sales and grid operator system. Over the course of the two-year project, the company also implemented SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) and another new SAP release. This involved accounting for interfaces to 80 systems and adjusting 170 main processes to their new market roles.

Steeb helps implement SAP Business All-in-One for FEMEG

FEMEG, a provider of frozen fish and other types of seafood, recently began using SAP Business All-in-One following an implementation project carried out by Open Systems Consulting GmbH (OSC) and Steeb Anwendungssysteme GmbH. While Steeb took care of licensing and support, OSC conducted the five-month implementation. FEMEG had been looking for a solution that would support the entire value chain; in the seafood industry, speed and seamless documentation of the production and supply chain are important.

SAP Business All-in-One delivers process data in real time and is directly connected to the automated mobile racks in FEMEG’s warehouses. Among other areas, the solution manages goods receipt and 3,500 storage positions while enabling FEMEG to fully track batches and monitor them in compliance with international food standards.

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UNIORG aids SAP rollout at Atlas Copco

After acquiring the U.S.-based Mafi-Trench Company LLC in 2007, the international industrial technology manufacturer Atlas Copco has now harmonized its system landscapes with the help of Dortmund, Germany’s UNIORG.

To achieve this, Atlas Copco implemented the same industry-tailored SAP template it uses itself at Mafi-Trench, replacing the solutions the acquired company used to employ in financial accounting, production, and CRM with SAP ERP 6.0. UNIORG handled the template’s rollout and was also involved in its development.

In addition to implementing the software, Atlas Copco had to redesign a number of underlying processes. It was also necessary to import partially redundant legacy data distributed across three systems into its new SAP system. Meanwhile, the company lacked the information SAP ERP needs for bills of materials, customers, and suppliers. A GAP analysis made it possible to overcome these challenges before the project began; the implementation and testing took seven months.

cormeta holds information day on accounting

At cormeta AG’s recent information day on the subject of accounting, experts reported on the possibilities SAP provides in liquidity accounting and introduced innovations related to electronic balance sheets, SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area), maintaining currency exchange rates, business intelligence, company planning and management, and automated card invoicing.

In addition to SAP NetWeaver Business Client and its improved user interface, attendees at the event were particularly interested in the topics of reporting and consolidation. SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is designed to simplify business planning in these areas. The application facilitates integrated BI analysis and thus delivers data and forecasts that are more detailed than the analyses still often seen in Microsoft Excel.

SAPERION reveals ECM trends for 2011

Business software used for enterprise content management (ECM) and other activities usually serves to streamline business processes. A survey SAPERION conducted of 200 companies ascertained a greater willingness to invest in ECM products in 2011: 46% of the organizations surveyed plan to invest in electronic filing, 28% in e-mail management, and 30% in optimizing their business processes with regard to compliance conformity.

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