Origin Energy is Australia’s leading integrated energy company – exploring, generating and delivering energy solutions locally and internationally. Origin Energy delivers energy to more than 4 million electricity, natural gas and LPG customers, making them Australia’s largest energy retailer. With significant investments in gas exploration and renewable energy technologies such as geothermal, hydro, wind and solar, Origin is also searching for and creating tomorrow’s energy solutions.
Being the largest renewable energy supplier in Australia, with over 4 million customer accounts, Origin Energy significantly relies on its SAP landscape for its operations. The company needs to ensure stable and flexible SAP change and release management for the large amounts of change to their systems. It also needs to be able to run its reporting on time to meet business requirements.
In order to ensure high-quality releases, Origin Energy needed to test its changes on production-like data, but it had to endure system downtime whilst running system copies. Having regular system downtime was becoming harmful to the business and the company needed a tool that would help automate the process to reduce the BDLS runtime to as little time as possible, ensuring that the system copies would run much faster.
Origin Energy automates its SAP change and release management process using ActiveControl which enables the company to run much more cost-effective SAP development. Basis resources can spend time on more business value-adding tasks, while release cycles can be run more often, with automated quality checks to manage risk.
The company can carry out testing faster and more frequent, by having better access to production-like data with System CopyGT in place, which significantly reduces the time it takes to run a system copy. Origin Energy doesn’t have to wait several days for the BDLS run to complete, one of the steps in a system copy, which means its system downtime is reduced to a third. The team can conduct testing on its data sooner and more often, which prevents delays to projects, maintaining continuous delivery.
To enable the company’s SAP Z Programs to instantly run faster, for faster reporting, by making better use of the available SAP hardware capacity, Origin Energy uses Z Accelerators.