SAP Africa Utilities Forum 2014 Kicks Off in Rwanda

RWANDALeading companies from across East Africa have gathered today in Kigali, Rwanda, to learn about how technology developments and innovation are set to drive growth for businesses operating in the electricity, gas, waste, recycling and water utilities arenas.

SAP empowers utilities customers across the globe with innovations like smart meters, mobile applications and predictive analytics all of which empower them to rapidly react to fluctuating market conditions. Utility providers in Africa are currently operating in tumultuous environments characterised by daunting regulatory, environment and technological challenges. In spite of this, through the effective use of technology, African electricity, water and gas companies are becoming more agile, inventive, efficient and attentive to customer requirements. Responding to a myriad of industry issues – from climate change, security of energy supply and an ageing asset base to a more informed and demanding customer base, rising energy costs, and supply chain modernisation – all African utilities have to become “future-thinking” to survive.

Hosted by SAP Africa, forum delegates are being joined by several high profile speakers and SAP executives, and SAP Africa’s Head of Energy and Natural Resources, Ashley Boag and Andrew Waititu, Head of SAP East Africa all of whom will be sharing best practices and discussing technology solutions available and those currently being effectively deployed by leaders in this sector. In addition, discussions will focus on broader utility industry trends within the region.

“Forum attendees are being given the opportunity to learn about the latest developments and most innovative projects underway at SAP while coming to grips with the vibrant ecosystem that has grown around the SAP for Utilities Solution portfolio,” said Andrew Waititu, Managing Director, SAP East Africa, “They will also be invited to watch live software demonstrations, interact and gain hands on experience with the latest software functionality which focuses on the specific needs of electricity, gas, waste, recycling and water utility companies.”

With 91% of the utilities companies in the Forbes Global 200 being SAP customers, the company is well placed to show those operating in the utilities space how best to use SAP solutions to ensure simple transparency across the business, which better enables decision-making and heightens revenue generation opportunities.

“Understanding the complex nature of the environment in which utilities operate, one sees that they have to carefully consider the implications of every business decision and the software they rely upon has to provide them with the relevant information required to help execute on these decisions quickly.” commented Boag. ”Companies that capitalise on real-time business intelligence are able to drive better decisions and fuel business transformation. Through this forum we aim show East African businesses exactly how this is possible, whether their solution lies in enterprise resource planning (ERP) or customer relationship management (CRM).”

Other global SAP Utilities Fast Facts:

  • 88% of the diversified utilities companies in the Forbes Global 2000 are SAP customers.
  • 91% of the electric utilities companies in the Forbes Global 2000 are SAP customers.
  • 87% of the natural gas utilities companies in the Forbes Global 2000 are SAP customers

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