Aspen Technology has just announced the commercial release of the Aspen Operations Manager (AOM) suite of products. AOM enables companies to integrate plant-floor and business applications, aggregate data from operations, and analyze information for improved decision-making. AOM will power AspenTech’s vertical industry solutions – including Upstream – to address what is described as a new market - enterprise operations management (EOM).
Describing the installation at ConocoPhillips’ Ferndale refinery, Barry Barnreiter said, ‘AOM allows us to integrate many disparate systems ranging from advanced control, blending, document management, alarm management and business systems, into a single environment. We leverage installed systems inexpensively because integration does not mean system replacement. AOM gives others in the ConocoPhillips organization access to the refinery’s software applications without any help from IT support staff.’
AspenTech president Dave McQuillin said, ‘Operations Manager is a central pillar of our strategy and will provide a strong technology platform for our new vertical industry EOM solutions. These solutions solve a well-defined array of operational problems specific to each sector, and will include dedicated suites for the Oil and Gas, Petroleum, Chemicals, Polymers, Pharmaceutical and other process industries.’
AOM offers four key functions, which can be licensed separately or as part of an integrated suite: role-based visualization, score carding, event management and infrastructure integration. AOM is aligned with the emerging ISA S95 standard allowing interoperability with third-party plant and supply chain applications, ERP systems and other third-party business applications. The infrastructure supports open standards and integration with leading market technologies including Microsoft .NET, SAP NetWeaver, web services and J2EE.
No upstream yet
Aspen’s Peter Watt told Oil IT Journal, ‘Operations Manager can be used in combination with our Upstream software to create an enterprise-level application that gives companies the ability to manage and optimize multiple fields and facilities using a single integrated system, but no upstream companies are using this approach at the moment.’
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