ADAM changes @ BP

A review of BP’s application development and application maintenance (ADAM) across upstream, downstream, trading and corporate businesses sees five major outsourcing deals struck.

Following a year-long evaluation of its information technology, BP has initiated sweeping changes, consolidating its application development and application maintenance (ADAM) vendors across its three businesses - Exploration and Production, Refining and Marketing and Alternative Energy. The evaluation has resulted in the award of five major outsourcing contracts, announced in Bangalore, India last month.

BP Group CIO Dana Deasy told Oil IT Journal—’Previously we had in excess of 40 existing application development and maintenance suppliers with more than 80 contracts. We are simplifying our application suppliers to 5 strategic vendors—Accenture, IBM, Infosys, TCS and Wipro. This will simplify and standardize the way BP does application development and application maintenance. The five awards span a broad mix of general business and oil-specific applications.’

Accenture has been chosen to provide SAP application development services, helping BP to ‘simplify, standardize and consolidate’ its SAP-based applications and to meet BP’s goals of organizational efficiency and managed IT costs. Accenture has been working for BP for over 20 years. Deasy said, ‘BP will benefit from Accenture’s SAP know-how and deep understanding of the oil and gas Industry. The contract will help accelerate BP’s implementation of SAP across the organization, and lower our overall cost base.’

IBM gets a less glamorous five year contract to manage and run BP’s enterprise applications and integrated service desk, although IBM notes that this contract is the largest of the five. IBM is to be the strategic ADAM vendor for global SAP maintenance and system development. IBM’s Global Business Services unit will manage BP’s SAP applications running both from BP locations and from IBM’s network of global delivery centers.

Infosys Technologies is to manage and operate ‘a large portion’ of BP’s business systems in a five-year applications outsourcing and support deal. The Infosys component covers ADAM work across BP’s supply, trading and E&P businesses.

Tata’s Consultancy Services unit has been named as a strategic partner in the transformation of its downstream and corporate IT program including its fuels value chain, from upstream to trading. Tata plans to leverage its global network delivery model in support of BP’s objectives

Another Indian outsourcing behemoth, Wipro Technologies, has been selected to provide ADAM services to BP’s fuels value chain and corporate businesses globally. Deasy again stated that the Wipro component was ‘an opportunity to simplify and streamline processes to drive out cost.’

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