Thursday, January 22, 2015

Multi-state electric utility to optimize SAP FERC with HPC America

We're starting 2015 with a terrific long-term project to modernize the SAP Regulatory Reporting (FERC) design of a multi-jurisdictional utility company, including SAP FICO and FERC consulting and the implementation of HPC Utility Financials Accelerator software, which extends the capability of the original FERC module and is certified by SAP as powered by the NetWeaver® technology platform.

Our client is one of the largest electric distribution utilities in the United States, serving six million customers across five states. After having revamped its SAP Financials system in recent years, the utility determined that optimizing SAP Regulatory Reporting is the next step in modernizing its SAP ERP.

Late last year, a joint team of HPC's SAP consultants and the client's subject matter experts identified a number of key regulatory reporting challenges the utility faces. The Rates Department does not have easy, independent access to complete SAP FERC data; cost flows are unusually long and complex; the allocation model is not currently visible to the SAP FERC process; and SAP FERC run times are unusually long and error-prone.

To address these issues, HPC will replace the utility's legacy FI-centric (GL-based) cost model with a modern CO-centric model that traces all primary and secondary costs, eliminates reconciling differences between SAP FI, CO, and FERC, and simplifies cost flow complexity with little disruption to current business processes. Through HPC's system design and Utility Financials Accelerator software, the utility will benefit from a faster monthly FERC close, improved rate case support, and greater end-user self-sufficiency for regulatory reporting activities. The new system is slated to go live in January 2016.

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