Perspective: SAPPHIRE NOW 2015 — For Utilities, More About Value Proposition than Transformation Imperative
This IDC Energy Insights Perspective studies the recent SAP SAPPHIRE NOW event in Orlando, Florida, and examines what the event and the SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA announcements made at the event mean for the utility industry.
SAP has continued to develop its in-memory SAP HANA database technology, the SAP HANA platform, and the SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, the next generation of which is SAP S/4HANA. With multiple technical pieces to the SAP HANA story, developing a SAP HANA strategy will be approached differently by different utilities.
While SAP has built a solid set of value propositions for SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA, utilities may get the feeling that SAP is still building the case for SAP S/4HANA as a strategic imperative. Particularly given the predominance of heavily customized systems in the utility industry, the SAP utility customers that could stand to gain the most from migrating to a modern platform such as SAP S/4HANA may also find it the most difficult to justify and execute. Still, SAP presented some very good stories at SAPPHIRE as to what leading utilities are doing.
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