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The energy industry is in transition, driven by factors including decarbonization, decentralization and digitization. Energy and resources companies must transform at pace and SAP technologies can play a central role in this transformation.  Today, cloud-based solutions can combine preconfigured core processes with specialized edge solutions – apps – to deliver business value across all areas of the enterprise.


To increase the value from the transformation, energy and resources companies must address four big questions, says David Townshend, EY Global Energy leader.

  1. How can the speed of implementation be increased?

  2. How do you increase the use of standard software and decrease custom development?

  3. How do put people at the center of the change?

  4. How do you help ensure that the solution delivers measurable business value for all stakeholders?


“We are constantly iterating and improving our program delivery approach to manage value from SAP based transformations,” Townshend says. “At the same time, we have a roadmap to build out industry cloud apps, using the latest SAP technologies, to fill product ‘white space’ and deliver increased value for our clients.”


EY teams have built a comprehensive, sector-specific SAP offering, based on standard SAP S/4HANA and cloud components, complimented with a suite of sector-specific innovations.  EY teams offer this as a pre-built solution on which energy companies can base their SAP S/4HANA based transformation.  Using this solution energy companies can decrease implementation costs and risks and increase their use of standard software components, driving value in both the short and long term.


The EY Intelligent Transformation Platform automates the analysis, migration, and testing of business processes, configuration, custom code and user-profiles in an SAP S/4HANA migration.  By automating these commodity IT delivery activities, the project reduces workdays and risk. “This allows increased focus on where the value is going to be driven in the implementation,” Townshend says.


EY believes in putting people at the center of change, helping all stakeholders understand the reason and value for change. “We have a very strong focus on getting the business ready for the system, as well as the system ready for the business and ensuring users are proficient in the future solution,” Townshend says.


Value provision is at the heart of the EY methodology and approach.  Identifying the business value, focusing program activities on the capabilities that will provide the value, and then measuring the realization of benefits helps energy companies to manage value from their transformation.