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Numerous electricity suppliers are fighting for customers. In view of the increasing competition and the increased willingness of private and commercial customers to switch, utilities are coming under increasing pressure. Even special contract customers "haggle" at the energy price known to decimal places. The result: energy providers must noticeably improve their efficiency.

Challenges

But network operators are also increasingly exposed to massive economic pressure: on the one hand, there are substantial investments in network expansion, and on the other hand, incentive regulation limits the scope for increases in network user charges.

It does not look much different with energy producers: in view of the required decommissioning of power plants or the construction of new environmentally friendly power plants, they are facing far-reaching investment decisions. Therefore, energy suppliers need effective measures controlling in order not to jeopardize their profitability in the future.

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Herbert Brauneis

Herbert Brauneis
Director Sales & Marketing

Big Data Management: energy suppliers prepare for smart metering

Smart Metering inevitably leads to an „exploding“ glut of accounting or customer data: standard load profiles at energy accounting in the private customer sector are replaced by quarter-hourly measurements of consumption. Their storage and maintenance require a „Big Data Management“: accounting and decision-relevant information must be available or must be edited. Big Data Management becomes a central challenge for energy suppliers. How to face this challenge is shown by Plaut: as a competent consulting partner for successful reorganisations of business processes and IT at the “Big Data Management“.

IT optimization: energy suppliers want to make better use of their IT

Especially regarding integrative business processes, like the maintenance Controlling with integrated budget invoices and maintenance management, but also with respect to necessary changes of business processes, often because of new guidelines of the regulating authority for energy suppliers. In this case “Business Process Agility“ is efficient and almost indispensable. Realised through creation and use of a „service-oriented architecture (SOA)“: with SOA, existing IT-supported business applications (so-called services) are connected loosely. These “services“ are flexibly new configurable or also changeable. New IT-supported business applications arise quickly and cost-effectively based on existing “services“. How this circumstance is realisable and which concrete benefit is achieved is shown by Plaut: as a competent consulting partner for SOA, especially (but not only) in the SAP environment.

Tailor-made Management Reporting

Especially in difficult times modern IT systems ensure an effective management control for energy suppliers. However, they quickly provide a vast information flood. Only with an economical and IT specific “tailor-made“ composition of Management Reporting for energy suppliers, the crucial control information is provided target-group-specifically and within a narrow time frame – with the aid of market role specific KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), in fact simultaneously for different controlling perspectives such as “Financials“, “Market“, “Processes“, “Sustainability and Human Capital“. Designed and realised from Plaut as a modern BI solution for different IT platforms (SAP or Non-SAP) of Plaut: as a competent consulting partner for modern Management Reporting and contemporary IT.

More transparency for energy suppliers

Transparency in the own company is the best insurance for energy suppliers in the rough competition. Required for this purpose is a multidimensional, sales-driven, modern Controlling solution which is implemented with standard software (f.ex. SAP). During this also an activity based costing is integrable. The primary orientation on a transparent and added value-oriented management control is guaranteed by that. Realised by the „integrated cost accounting and income statement (iKE)“ of Plaut. Plaut: a competent and long-term experienced consulting partner for the optimisation of Controlling with modern IT for the improvement of transparency.

However, also service providers and subcontractors of energy suppliers are encouraged to be more transparent: the “Open Book Costing” finds its way and provides disclosures of cost information among legally autonomous business partners: a procedure known from the automobile sector, used as an instrument in the Supply Chain Management. Also in the energy supply sector the „Open Book Costing“ is increasingly in demand to make maintenance offers from external service providers transparent. Apart from that, these service providers can better realise their own efficiency and competitiveness – a win-to-win situation is targeted. Plaut shows how this is possible: as a competent consulting partner for the necessary reorganisations of business processes and IT to increase transparency.

SEPA for energy suppliers

Year 2014: the “Single European Payment Area (SEPA)“ also brings energy suppliers a Europe-wide new claim collection for debit entry and remittance in the electronic payments.

The SEPA change on the 1st of February 2014, however, means fundamental changes of payment and accounting processes, and not only the changes to IBAN and BIC. The complex SEPA effects on numerous business processes of energy suppliers must be brought under control, especially regarding their customer contact or claim management. Unfortunately, these demands are still demands for action which are often still underestimated.

For this reason, energy suppliers must punctually plan the necessary reorganisations and implement them quickly before the 1st of February 2014. Punctually means to begin now. Together with Plaut: a competent consulting partner for the necessary reorganisations of business processes and IT in consequence of SEPA.

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Herbert Brauneis

Herbert Brauneis
Director Sales & Marketing