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UKISUG Connect is a great forum to get to know other SAP customers and hear their stories – Bernadette Brennan, SAP Solution Architect

The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is a state-owned electricity company operating in Ireland. As a vertically integrated utility, ESB operates right across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to supply. The Electricity Supply Board currently supplies electricity to approximately 1.4 million customers throughout the island of Ireland and employs approximately 7,000 people.

With SAP systems at the centre of its business organisation, it is imperative for the ESB team to stay up to date with SAP changes and offerings, as the company adheres to a ‘Get Current / Stay Current’ strategy in relation to support of its enterprise-wide application systems. Keeping abreast of any changes in relation to SAP services is key to continually implementing efficient business processes throughout ESB.

Events such as Connect are a valuable source of information in relation to SAP’s latest developments, innovations and product roadmaps which helps us leverage our existing SAP landscape, maximise the return on our technical investments and ultimately deliver an improved end user experience – Malcolm Dalton, SAP Solution Architect

The UK & Ireland SAP User Group (UKISUG) has provided more than 16 hours of networking at UKISUG Connect. The three-day event also includes keynotes, interactive workshops and breakout sessions in various areas relating to the public sector and utilities organisations - including Platform and Database and Total Workforce Management (including hire to retire).

The delegates from ESB who have attended UKISUG Connect have passed on the knowledge and experience they gain at the conference to their peers, meaning the wider team are engaged either directly or indirectly, empowering SAP success across the board.

Professional knowledge transfer and experience stories to share with colleagues. Good networking opportunities – Paul Quinn, SAP Solution Architect

In 2018, ESB came away from Connect with genuine business benefits…

Last year we were in the process of making a business case for embarking upon our SAP S/4 HANA journey. The Connect event offered us an excellent opportunity to liaise and network with other User Group members to gain a greater insight into how they prepared for this major undertaking, what challenges they experienced and more importantly what pitfalls may potentially arise and how best to avoid them.  Through increased collaboration with other SAP users and the detailed information garnered at Connect 2018, we certainly were in a much better position to approach our S/4 HANA migration project with greater confidence – Malcolm Dalton, SAP Solution Architect

Completely independent from SAP, UKISUG exists solely to engage and empower all SAP customers, including those in the public sector. Taking this, the theme of UKISUG Connect 2019 is Empowering Minds, Engaging Success through facilitating the power of YOUR network. ESB have benefitted.

This year, will you?

To sign up or find out more, visit sapusers.org/connect19
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