LAHORE - Speakers at a moot called for investment in acquiring new IT technologies which would help produce power generation. Speaking as a keynote speaker at a conference on SAP- enabled Business Transformation in Pakistans Utilities Sector, organized by SAP & AbacusConsulting, MD PEPCO, Tahir Basharat Cheema said that recourse to new technologies has become urgent for the utilities, particularly when the country is faced with severe power crisis. There is a need for the electricity utility companies need to invest in acquiring new IT technologies and processes, along with increasing the generation capacity, to improve management and curtail operational cost, he said. The power crisis is considered to be the worst of the four such crises the nation has faced since 1974-75 and we have to plan properly to face it, he added. Hassan Latif Jamal, Country Head of SAP Pakistan, said his company was a leading provider of software to Electricity Generation and Distribution companies globally. SAP empowers over 1,600 utility companies including 275 plus power generation units globally with industry best practices to achieve operational efficiency in every aspect of their businesses, including enterprise asset management, grid maintenance, energy management to name just a few. The conference will demonstrate to Utility Companies in Pakistan on how to become best run business, he added. Asad Ali Khan, President AbacusConsulting, said that with SAPs comprehensive suite of applications for utilities sector, integrated with global best practices and AbacusConsultings diverse experience, major utilities companies can optimise key end-to-end business processes. He maintained that utilities can achieve key business goals like improving employee productivity by optimising processes for workforce; talent management; maximizing energy efficiency; financial excellence; operational excellence and superior customer value. Asad further added, SAP will enable utilities companies to respond rapidly to changes in this dynamic environment, be flexible enough in supporting a variety of technologies and help utilities companies to offer innovative and personalized customer-focused services in the future. KESC and AbacusConsulting executives jointly shared the SAP ERP success story. SAP ERP went live at KESC in March 2009 as part of the companys efforts to achieve business transformation. Tabish Gauhar, CEO KESC shared his experiences, lessons learned and useful information regarding challenges associated with implementing an integrated top tier solution across the enterprise.