CentricaCentrica speeds up slow-running SAP Z programs for faster reporting
Centrica is a top 30 FTSE 100 company focused on the UK and the USA markets. Centrica’s core brands are Bristish Gas, Dyno and Direct Energy. Basis Technologies has worked with British Gas and Centrica for many years to address a number of SAP related business challenges.
With over 400 ABAP programs dealing with extraordinarily high data volumes, Centrica was suffering from severely slow-running custom programs that its business depended on.
On top of this Centrica had a highly complex SAP development environment with a high volume of change. Centrica needed to reduce the reliance on the manual management of its SAP transports and wanted to be able to move transports across its landscape easily.
Our Solutions - ActiveControl & Z Accelerators
In order to improve the quality of the company’s SAP change and release process and make better use of its Basis resources, Centrica uses ActiveControl – the software solution that automates over 70% of manual processes in the SAP change control process. Centralizing visibility of all SAP Transports (and non-SAP changes) is done with ActiveControl’s dashboard overview. With an automated process in place, Centrica has improved its change management efficiency massively, being able to focus its attention on more business value-adding tasks.
In order to optimize its custom SAP programs and dynamically distribute workload across multiple processes, Z Accelerators are used to help scale performance and maximize the available hardware capacity. Z Accelerators enables Centrica to distribute processing across 30 processes and run what would previously be a one hour SAP job in just 2 minutes. Centrica can now speed up, slow down, stop and re-start ABAP processing at run-time – giving the company greater control of critical SAP jobs and reports.