Fujitsu to Drive Digital Transformation for Major Utility EDP

SUNNYVALE, CA, Nov. 15, 2016 /CNW/ - Utility company EDP (Energias de Portugal, S.A.) has awarded a major IT services contract to Fujitsu to drive digital transformation throughout EDP's IT operations. The Lisbon-headquartered company considers the continuous improvement of IT services as key to its success as a digital utility and selected Fujitsu due to its capability to satisfy current and future Service Desk needs.

As a vertically integrated utility, EDP is the largest generator, distributor and supplier of electricity in Portugal and the third largest electricity generator on the Iberian Peninsula. By the end of 2015, EDP had an installed capacity of 24.4GW of power, generating 63.7TWh, of which 72 percent came from wind and hydro plants.

Digitalization is a key part of the company's 2020 vision, since EDP has identified that more effective use of IT is an enabler to achieve its ambition of becoming a digital utility. In a major step toward this goal, EDP choose Fujitsu to provide its 12,000-strong global workforce - spread across business operations in 12 countries[1] - with Global Service Desk support, focused on an approach of centralizing and standardizing processes, backed by constant innovation.

EDP was particularly impressed by Fujitsu's Sense and Respond approach to Service Desk operations. Fujitsu follows continual service improvement methodologies (CSIP) to enhance the quality of front-line support, helping eliminate cost and inefficiencies. Consequently, EDP anticipates that it will be able to reduce operational Service Desk costs while also making strides in delivering the best possible end user experience by providing a more proactive support experience focused on workforce needs.

This is underpinned by Fujitsu's global delivery capabilities, with Fujitsu delivering Portuguese, Spanish and English-language Service Desk support to more than 12,000 EDP employees in 12 countries. Furthermore, EDP has entrusted Fujitsu with second-level Central Device Management services in Portuguese and Spanish languages for some 12,000-plus of its workforce.

Vergílio Rocha, IT Department Corporate Director at EDP, comments: "We began our Digital Transformation in 2010 and we are fully on course to completion in 2018. We have already created an array of centralized processes such as electronic invoicing, smart metering, mobility management for field teams, an app for manual readings and a cloud-based mobile app for our employees. We chose Fujitsu because of its compelling combination of innovation and continuous improvement, plus its dedication to lowering Service Desk costs through driving first-time fixes to around 80 percent. We feel that Fujitsu understands our business and is able to fully support us in providing our global workforce with continuous improvement in Quality of Service for IT support, as well as ensuring greater user satisfaction."

Angeles Delgado, VP and Head of Iberia and Latin America at Fujitsu, says: "With a strategic intent to become a global and digital utility, embracing innovation is a key part of EDP's process of continuous improvement and helps to increase operational efficiencies. EDP and Fujitsu are taking a co-creation approach to break new ground in Service Desk with proactive, predictive end-user support that is driving digital transformation in the workplace. This is a great example of how Fujitsu is giving our customers the competitive edge in their IT operations. We're able to provide customers like EDP with true value by partnering with them to understand and address the challenges they face. Based on this we develop and deliver innovative, effective digital solutions that are both in context and in tune with our customer's unique needs."

This contract opens a new chapter in the collaboration between EDP and Fujitsu, which began in 2014 when Fujitsu supported EDP in a successful project to simplify and streamline SAP HANA systems.

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