NEW YORK; Nov. 19, 2013 – Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has implemented new back-office applications and business management systems for Salt River Project (SRP), one of the largest U.S. public power utilities. The systems implementation is part of the largest enterprise resource planning (ERP) system overhaul in the utility company’s history.
To make operations more efficient and enable the utility to be more nimble in an era of volatility and persistent change, SRP worked with Accenture to update and consolidate more than 150 outdated finance and supply chain procurement applications and integrate more than 20 disparate systems that support and manage a range of SRP business functions. These functions include: financial accounting, accounts payable, budgeting and planning, procurement of goods and services and work management of field crews and power plant operations.
The consolidation of these disparate sources of data will enable access to reliable business intelligence that should help SRP improve reporting, increase efficiencies, support strategic planning and drive collaboration across the company.
“This finance and supply chain transformation program will help us become a much more agile and adaptable organization in the face of an ever-changing business environment, so that we can deliver better value to our customers and stakeholders,” said Aidan McSheffrey, SRP’s associate general manager and chief finance executive. “We chose Accenture because of its experience and delivery track record with complex IT, business process and change management transformation programs.”
SRP used Accenture Delivery Methods (ADM) to help quick start the ERP Blueprinting process. Accenture and SRP designed, built, tested and deployed a suite of applications, including SAP software solutions for ERP, supplier relationship management, business intelligence and governance, risk and compliance. In addition, Accenture integrated the ERP solution with SRP’s existing Maximo work and asset management applications.
Dan Hahn, Utilities industry group managing director, Accenture, said, “A flexible and integrated operation with analytic capabilities will enable SRP to more rapidly make informed decisions that better position the company for future growth in today’s dynamic business environment. We are proud to have successfully delivered the first phase of this transformation and look forward to continuing to support SRP on this journey.”
Under the terms of the multi-year systems integration and technology consulting agreement, Accenture will continue to work with SRP on the next phases of their ERP program.
SRP is the oldest multipurpose federal reclamation project in the United States. The SRP power district provides electricity to more than 970,000 retail customers in a 2,900-square-mile service area that spans three Arizona counties, including most of the metropolitan Phoenix area (known as the Valley).
SRP is also the largest provider of raw-water to the greater Phoenix area. The company delivers about 1 million acre-feet of water annually to a 375-square-mile service area and manages a 13,000-square-mile watershed that includes an extensive system of reservoirs, wells, canals and irrigation laterals.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 275,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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