Anglian Water First in UK to Use SAP’s Dedicated Solution for the Utilities Industry

England & Wales’ largest water utility consolidates operations with SAP solutions in collaboration with CSC, to meet with the demands of an increasingly challenging industry

LondonSAP today announced that Anglian Water, a leading provider of water and wastewater services, has selected SAP’s industry specific solution, SAP for Utilities, to strengthen the company’s ability to meet the unique demands of the water industry including increasing demand for water with limited resources, heightened customer services requirements and an ever-changing regulatory environment. Working with CSC, Anglian Water’s IT outsource provider, Anglian Water is looking to offer more customer orientated services to its six million industrial, commercial and domestic customers, whilst reducing operating costs, and increasing efficiencies.

Central to Anglian Water’s IT strategy is to consolidate many of its legacy systems, previously featuring a network of disparate interfaces onto SAP. SAP for Utilities offers industry-specific functionality that integrates well with existing applications thereby reducing costs and simplifying processes across the business. Anglian Water has already gone-live with SAP’s enterprise asset management solution and is currently implementing SAP’s billing and customer care solution.

A key benefit to bringing the billing and asset functions onto SAP’s solution is that the Call Agents will have access to all customer information both operational and billing.

“We have been working closely with SAP and CSC for some time across our supply chain, financials and HR operations and are proud to be the first to run with the industry specific solution,” said Shan Shanthakumar, Head of Information Services, Anglian Water. “It is a major investment for the company and we are confident that the solution will deliver significant benefits for the business.”

“Our industry faces increasing regulation and competition and it is imperative that we have the processes in place in order to deliver the best possible service for our customers – the SAP implementation will play a key role in focusing on customer service, business transparency for compliance purposes, underpinned by maximum operational efficiency.”

Buy in from the new users and effective Business Change has been at the heart of the project. Executives at Anglian Water have provided strong sponsorship and new business users have been engaged at all levels.

“The water utility industry is asset centric, labour centric and customer centric. Being able to tie these together onto one platform will give Anglian Water greater visibility across the business,” said David Horne, Account Manager, SAP UK. “We are delighted to be working with one of the top performers in the water industry and that Anglian Water is the first in the UK to use our industry-specific solution.”

Ivor Canavan, Vice President for CSC’s UK Managed Services business commented, “This is a significant achievement by the SAP and CSC team and will undoubtedly lead the way for other implementations across the water industry. The benefits to Anglian Water mean that they are able to keep at the forefront of a demanding and changing environment in their business”.