ENSO: Separating and combining SAP systems at the same time
Unbundling and fusion in one swoop: Utility company ENSO needed to unbundle sales and production and took the opportunity to combine its electricity and gas divisions.
In the wake of the liberalization of the energy market in the EU, the German Federal Network Agency has called upon energy providers to separate their energy production and network divisions. One of the aims of the unbundling requirement is to boost competition in the energy sector.
ENSO was asked to unbundle the two divisions, which means also decoupling the company's IT systems, like SAP IS-U, and the affiliated data for production and the power grid. Those in charge at ENSO decided to combine the previously separate electricity and gas divisions while they were at it.
Many companies in the utilities industry use the industry-tailored software solution SAP IS-U (Industry Solutions utilities) to run their companies. They use the system to manage customer data, bill customers for energy consumption and usage or to manage their electricity, gas and water meters. As a regional utility company, ENSO Energie Sachsen OST AG uses SAP as well.
Standard processes save money
For T-Systems, that meant making two projects out of one and combining two systems to create one, single system during the unbundling process. To make this happen, SAP experts unbundled individual task areas in the SAP IS-U system within the scope of sub-projects, keeping both the unbundling and fusion processes in mind all the while. They managed to do both within one year. When the project was over, ENSO was able to benefit from standardized processes in both business segments, resulting in a reduced workload and fewer costs.