Ayala Group’s energy unit AC Energy ( ACEN) started implementing SAP S/4HANA on Azure with the aim of creating a unified digital business platform covering finance, procurement, inventory, and asset maintenance across multiple entities.
ACEN is among the companies that commit to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, pushing toward a sustainable future. It has ~4,000 MW of attributable capacity in the Australia, Indian, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam.
“Without a digital business platform, running a day-to-day business can be challenging,” said Miguel de Jesus, executive director and head of Commercial Operations & Information Technology, ACEN. “Entities were set up differently, so teams needed more effort to collaborate. When people and processes are misaligned, work often must be redone, leading to wasted time, effort, energy, and materials.”
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SAP S/4HANA helped enable the company to have visibility across its entities. This is crucial since ACEN teams must collaborate to formulate and execute strategic ways to increase solar and wind plant capacities while reducing inefficiencies and waste.
From the usual 12 days of standard financial statements completion, ACEN was able to finish it in a week with SAP S/4HANA. There was a notable decrease in the error rate for audit adjustments from 8% to less than 5%. And within one year, ACEN successfully utilized SAP S/4 HANA in 15 entities.
ACEN has been able to embark on its mission to achieve efficiency in day-to-day operations with streamlined processes on a digital platform. This mission includes improving corporate governance, reducing cybersecurity risks, and minimizing paper wastage. In addition to this, learning a new skill, such as SAP S/4HANA, helped contribute to human empowerment in the workplace.