SAPphire oil and gas industry track

Scorpion Offshore (supply chain), Tesoro (planning & consolidation), Holly Corp. (compliance).

Presentations in the oil and gas industry track at SAP’s SAPphire user group, held earlier this year in Orlando included Scorpion Offshore, Tesoro and Holly Corp. Pam Thompson described Scorpion Offshore’s symbiotic relationship with National Oilwell Varco (NOV) which has enabled Scorpion to leverage its larger partner’s supply chain management infrastructure and concentrate on drilling wells. Scorpion has deployed SAP NetWeaver process integration across finance, control, project planning and asset management. The startup partnered with NOV on the development of a supply chain solution for rig procure-to-pay processes, ADP payroll, banking and HR. The alliance allows Scorpion to leverage NOV’s expertise, relationships, and purchasing power. Scorpion gets outsourced inventory management and procurement and benefits from NOV’s ‘highly maintained’ SAP implementation and SAP support personnel.

Refiner Holly Corp. used to have ‘fragmented’ compliance solutions. Nelson Burns described how these have been consolidated into SAP’s EHS Management module. This has led to standardization of compliance tasks across the company and reduced the risk of environmental compliance tasks ‘slipping through the cracks.’ Better visibility has improved external reporting. SAP EHS deployment has laid the way for integration of environmental compliance with plant maintenance. The system spans air emissions, waste management, safety and water. Today the SAP EHS database is the centerpoint of Holly’s EHS Management. The project saw around a dozen consultants working for approximately nine months. A second phase will see extension to Holly’s pipeline and distribution company for Title V and DOT compliance.

Eugene Nel outlined deployment of SAP Business Objects Planning and Consolidation application at Tesoro. The work was carried out by consultants from the Aster Group. Tesoro’s SAP software line-up includes SAP ERP, IS-OIL and various NetWeaver components. Aster Group’s specialty is the Planning and Consolidation application. The project saw a migration from a spreadsheet-based solution driven by ‘Excel experts’ to a structured environment that combined the flexibility of Excel with a central database supporting budget and forecasts and offering capital management, ‘what-if’ scenarios and 10-year projections—all based on an authoritative live data store. Other Aster Group oil and gas clients include Forest Oil, ARC Energy trust and Newfield. More from

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