Many parts of the world are undergoing structural reform in terms of their utilities and services, and Electrical Utilities are no exception. Privatization was opening up both opportunities and challenges for the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC). “With greater competition on the horizon, the company needed to push its efficiency to the next level”, says a new Cisco case study that talks about the business challenges and how Cisco is helping EAC address them.
As the case study mentions, EAC uses SAP applications for almost every area of business, from materials and warehouse management to enterprise resource planning, finances, and human resources. By improving performance of these SAP applications, EAC realized that it could boost productivity and help departments run smoother across the organization. So that’s what it’s doing.
So EAC turned to Cisco and our partners to provide a solution that could help EAC take cycles out of the business whilst still maintaining agility and resilience and allowing them to scale for the future. That solution has, at the heart of it, the Cisco FlexPod environment, built around Cisco® Unified Data Center solutions and NetApp storage (supported via the FlexPod Cooperative Support Model), and helps get gets the most out of SAP applications.
Some pretty compelling Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) numbers are expected, along with other valuable business benefits as outlined in the case study:
- Reports that used to take 24 hours to complete take far less time -- great for managers to get visibility into the business sooner
- Faster closing of monthly financial periods -- faster visibility into the Utility’s performance
- Faster migration of user applications down from two to three months to just one month so users can be up-and-running with less delay.
- Backups that used to take 40 hours can now be completed in only 45 minutes, getting systems up to speed faster than ever.
All-in-all an impressive improvement. I’ll leave the last word to Phanos Kolokotronis, IT manager and CIO, Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) as he states in the case study:
To read more about EAC, the business, and the solution offered with product lists from Cisco and the Cisco Partners (which includes Oracle for the database along with the Oracle Customer Care and Billing application; SAP ECC6; Esri GIS and the Aspect Contact Centre software) click here.
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Tags: EAC, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, FlexPod, netapp, Oracle, SAP, utilities
What if an industrial vehicle or piece of equipment could tell you to change a part or warn you before it breaks? The impact for mining and other industrial companies would be tremendous in terms of reduced downtime and maintenance costs. As I spent time with mining executives at the recent SAP Mining Forum, many interesting discussions were around the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) in their operations. In fact, Cisco and SAP have been working on using (or ‘mining’) the wealth of data from sensors and machines in new and innovative ways.
The most immediate impact of IoT on mining is in the improvements to maintenance of mining heavy machinery and assets. Based on the many conversations I have had with industry experts, it is apparent that many in the mining industry are using a ‘break to fix’ mentality on their assets. They ‘push’ the asset to a point that it breaks. The issue here is that this approach is unpredictable and incredibly costly to the operations of the business. Waiting until a machine breaks leads to downtime which leads to lost revenue. Read More »
Tags: Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, IoTWF, mining, SAP
Cisco embraces SAP HANA TDI for Networking
SAP recently announced that they have expanded their SAP HANA Tailored Data Center Integration (TDI) to include networking. So what does this mean? It means that if a SAP customer installs SAP HANA, and that same customer has enough capacity on their existing networking equipment to satisfy the SAP HANA certification requirements for networking, then the customer can utilize their existing networking architecture for SAP HANA without having to purchase additional equipment to meet those requirements. Read More »
Tags: data center, networking, SAP
It’s October, which means only one thing…and it’s not MLB baseball playoffs. The Cisco & SAP teams are covering all the bases for the upcoming SAP TechEd && d-code October 20 – 24 in Las Vegas.
Leading off, we have a full line-up of demos, sessions and events that will highlight how we deliver a complete compute platform SAP Applications, including SAP HANA.
Connect with Cisco in Booth 1000
Learn about Cisco Data Center products and talk to Cisco solution heavy hitters in booth 1000. We’ll be conducting live solution demonstrations on:
• SAP HANA
• SAP Solutions on Vblock
• SAP Solutions on FlexPod
• Internet of Things, jointly with SAP
• IT Process Automation by Cisco
• Application Centric Infrastructure
Read More »
Tags: Cisco, SAP, SAP TechED, SAP. HANA
Cisco and Akili feature their joint Oil & Gas Technology Solutions with SAP HANA running on Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) at the Best Practices for Oil and Gas conference Sept. 16-19 in Houston, TX.
The Best Practices for Oil & Gas Conference is North America’s leading forum for upstream, midstream, downstream and oil field services professionals to collaborate across the value chain. You know Cisco’s top aim these days is Business Outcomes for our customers. The fourth annual event has a significant shift to a business focus and features first-hand knowledge on how business solutions that have been successfully implemented at oil and gas organizations across all industry segments.
The event will feature special guest speaker T. Boone Pickens, an oil and gas and American business legend, sharing his views on enhancing U.S. energy policies. It will also feature Cisco as one of the exhibitors and, working with Gold Sponsor and Cisco partner Akili, we’ll be talking about business solutions and how customers can gain competitive advantage while improving bottom line profitability and reducing costs.
Akili and Cisco’s exhibit will highlight their shared offerings of industry Best in Class Solutions for Upstream Oil and Gas including:
- SAP ERP Solution for Upstream Oil and Gas
- SAP BPC Solution for Integrated Financial and Operational Planning
- Real-time business intelligence and predictive analysis across finance and operations
- HANA Solutions built on flexible, converged infrastructure for rapid deployment, scalability and cost containment
- Cisco UCS - the high performance, scalable, cost-effective, SAP certified platform for exceptional in-memory compute
We’re looking forward to seeing you there! For more information on Cisco in Oil and Gas please go to this link. For more about Cisco, Analytics and SAP, go to this link.
Best Practices for Oil & Gas will take place September 16-19, 2014, in Houston, TX. For more information and to register visit www.sap-oil-and-gas.com.
Tags: Best Practices for Oil & Gas, Cisco UCS, Energy, HANA, Houston, oil and gas, SAP, UCS