Data and Utility Excellence

Posted by Todd Hall on October 16, 2019

Transformation. The Utility Industry has ongoing challenges that demand just that, transformation! Common among Utilities are large efforts such as hardening/modernizing the transmission and distribution systems, creating a new clean (non-fossil) energy front print, integrating these new generating systems, regulatory pressure on costs and rates, aging workforce and raising customer expectation of excellence in service. Removing all impediments as these critical initiatives are inflight is necessary to ensure a successful implementation.

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Data as a Digital Foundation to the Digital Transformation and Move to S/4HANA

Posted by David Kuketz on October 11, 2019

Today, companies are moving at the speed of thought, moving the needle on the KPIs for the outcomes that make them great companies. Great companies provide optimized customer experience management (CX) and operational excellence (OX), not to mention accurate, real-time reporting with full transparency of information to stakeholders.

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Tactical Steps for On-Time and On-Budget Data Migrations

Posted by Steve Ludwig on September 26, 2019

We get it. Data migration has been a headache in the past. Projects balloon out of control and before you know it, your 12-month, $20 million migration project turns into an 18-month, $30 million project due to poor project management and delays in development. Now that ECC is old news and S/4 is the way of the future, your business knows that it’s time to start that process all over again.

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Save Time and Enjoy an Improved User Experience:  SAP MDG vs. SAP ECC or S/4 HANA and the SAP Material Master

Posted by Bill Meinweiser on September 20, 2019

One of the first differences between the SAP Material Master in an ECC or S/4 HANA systems and a in SAP Master Data Governance (MDG) that one notices is the number of entities in MDG compared to the views in the classic ECC or S/4 HANA systems. What used to be approximately 20 views in ECC or S/4 HANA becomes over 40 different entities in the MDG System.

As striking as that difference is, once you begin working with the MDG “version” of the SAP Material Master, you begin to see that it becomes much easier to customize access to specific areas of the material master because of those entities. Hence, the user experience can be much more tailored to specific functional roles that the users perform during the creation and modification of the material master data.

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Leveraging Asset Information and Data Governance to Drive Asset Uptime

Posted by Sharon Blake on September 13, 2019

Confused about how to use SAP’s MDG-EAM and SAP’s Asset Information Workbench (AIW) capabilities with SAP’s Intelligent Asset Management solutions? Let’s discuss how the solutions complement each other to help organizations ensure complete, trustworthy, and accurate master data.

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Using Field Data Collection to Maximize Asset Excellence

Posted by Eric Ecker on August 26, 2019

Having reliable, consistent, and up to date information on all your world-wide technical assets is the foundation to operate your business-critical production plants successfully. The goal is to get to the digital plant and have a central registry of all your equipment with clean, standardized, and trusted information. Now an operational plant holds lots of so-called brownfield equipment – i.e., equipment that is running since years in your plant and will continue to be used over the year but is not necessarily digitally registered or up to date in your critical operational and analytical systems.

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To Infinity and Beyond:  How Machine Learning is Accelerating Delivery, Maximizing Quality and Streamlining Efficiency in Data Conversion

Posted by Peter Aynsley-Hartwell on August 21, 2019

Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are the current buzz words. Everyone is claiming they have it and that it will do wonders and solve the world’s problems. But what is it?  Is it like The Terminators Skynet, The Matrix, Ex Machina or Isaac Asimov’s I Robot? Well, right now, no, but how long before movie Sci-Fi becomes reality? We already have driverless cars, which was subject of one of Isaac Asimov’s short stories, Sally, back in 1955.

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Is Your Retail Data Ready for the Future?

Posted by Martin Printz on August 13, 2019

Read any study from Gartner, SAP Benchmarking, and alike. Retailers understand the benefits of high-quality data. For years retailers attended conferences like NRF and SAPPHIRE NOW being promised a bright future by analytics and promised competitive advantages with smart solutions and lately Machine Learning (ML) and IoT.

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Utopia CTO has Staring Role on SAP Webinar:  A Guide to Perfect Asset Data

Posted by Tom Martin on August 8, 2019

Peter Aynsley-Hartwell, CTO of Utopia Global, was recently an honored guest thought leader on SAP’s hit webinar series Data Bite. If you didn’t have a chance to see Peter’s live presentation on some of the most exciting advancements in master data, watch the replay by clicking here (select A Plant Managers Guide to Perfect Asset Data, it’s a quick, yet valuable presentation from a globally leading technologist). 

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Data Governance Benefits for Today and the Long Term

Posted by Utopia Marketing on August 6, 2019

What is Data Governance?  

Data governance is defined as management of data to validate for accuracy as per the requirements, standards, or rules that an individual organization needs for their individual business.  

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