SCANA Success Story
is a South Carolina holding company that offers comprehensive
solutions to energy needs. With its 13 wholly-owned
subsidiaries (South Carolina Electric & Gas being the largest),
SCANA's primary business is conventional/nuclear electric and gas
utility operations. It also provides an array of value added
services including: exploration, research, fiber-optic
telecommunications, power-plant maintenance, appliance maintenance
and repair services.
culture of SCANA enjoys a rich tradition of successes dating back
150 years when they installed the first gas streetlights, then later
the first electric streetlights and, in 1894, the first electric
powered textile mill.
recognized that to maintain and improve their competitive position
as an industry leader, plus to efficiently service 500,000+
customers, they had to: reengineer the core of their financial
processes and take full advantage of Client/Server technology;
deliver high performance and flexible financial reporting to
corporate and remote users; as well as, increase staff productivity
and capabilities. Further, all of the above had to be
accomplished in a high volume, distributed environment operating 5
independent accounting systems.
after purchasing the SmartStream Financials suite SCANA selected eZ
Extract from Applied Business Systems as the foundation for their
company's financial reporting and Intranet report distribution.
needed a high performance, scalable financial report writer
that minimized report development costs and could easily be
deployed on independent systems. eZ Extract satisfied
all of our needs and empowered our users. And, because
eZ Extract employs sound architecture and is well-integrated
within SmartStream, it increases our ability to quickly
respond to future industry changes."
upon their successes with eZ Extract, SCANA engaged Applied Business
Systems to address various other aspects of the SmartStream
implementation, including: SmartStream development,
customization and trouble-shooting; performance tuning; conversion
and system testing. They also utilized Applied Business
Systems to develop and conduct custom, on-site user/technical
training programs for eZ Extract, SmartStream and MS Access.
application expertise and technical skills of Applied
Business Systems were a great asset to the project.
Their consultants were highly productive and accelerated our
staff's learning curves. Applied Business Systems resolved
SmartStream issues (e.g. job control deadlocking) that could
have been show-stoppers. They reduced run times, in
some cases, by factors of over 100. And, certain key
project deliverables that Applied Business Systems completed
were ahead of schedule and under budget."
benefits from using Applied Business Systems show substantial
productivity gains have been achieved in the SCANA environment.
Reporting effectiveness, flexibility and efficiency have greatly
improved. SmartStream is more robust. Staff productivity and
capabilities have increased.