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Former Member
It was another beautiful blue California day when I landed at Orange County airport for the 9th annual SAP for Utilities conference in Huntington Beach. Over 1000 attendees were checking in - a record number which further establishes this conference a marquee event within the Utility industry. Even though it is billed as a North American event, there were utility professionals from over 20 countries in attendance.

The conference was kick-started on Sunday afternoon with presentations on the Utility solutions including the SAP S/4HANA for Utilities, IoT Applications, the SAP HANA Cloud Platform and other SAP Applications running on SAP HANA.

Henry Bailey, GVP Utilities

How to start:

The topic on everyone’s mind was the roadmap to SAP S/4HANA. How do we take our proven, SAP systems and move to the Digital Core that is SAP S/4HANA to enable the digital business transformation?


Tools to Help:

Peter Maier, GM for Energy & Natural Resources, walked the audience through a concept tool to be delivered at SAPPHIRE which gave insights into how customers and partners can easily configure their own roadmap to SAP S/4HANA by answering questions about their current products running today.

The tool then provides a guided process to build a list of equivalent Go to Products for SAP S/4HANA. For example, does the Utility have a “Cloud First” strategy for sales activities?


Once the user has answered the questions, the Go to Product list is buildout on the roadmap tool providing a suggested path forward.

Of course, SAP and SAP Certified Partners will be there to help ensure a smooth transition.

Many customers responded positively after seeing the presentations and understanding the roadmap to SAP S/4HANA. More on information can be found here.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the International SAP Conference for Utilities in Lisbon ( and please follow me on Twitter @henry.bailey730 (Link: and on LinkedIn (

Best regards,

Henry Bailey