Schlumberger has already tried this the hard way, with its value destructive flirtation with SEMA Group back in 2001. This time around, the oilfield service behemoth is to add an ‘end-to-end information management solution’ to its service offering without risking an acquisition! The deal involves a ‘global alliance’ with India-based outsourcing and IT consultants, Infosys.
The alliance targets the integration of petrotechnical data and applications with financial and human resources ‘back-end’ systems, leveraging Infosys’ ‘global delivery model’ by taking work ‘where it makes the most economic sense’ (India!).
Naren Koduvattat, head of Infosys’ Energy Business Unit added, ‘Infosys is at the leading edge of designing and delivering IT-enabled business solutions to oil and gas companies. Our alliance will provide end-to-end services integrating petrotechnical data with other relevant business systems, which is atypical in the market today.’
Infosys and Schlumberger will build on a working relationship developed over the last several years. This includes comprehensive IM solutions supported by ‘expert system’ integration services. Development of Schlumberger’s legacy data management solution, Finder was outsourced to Infosys a couple of years ago. Since then Infosys’ Southern North America unit has been maintaining Finder’s 12 million line code base.
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