SAP and Accenture, for many years now, have been working together in creating solutions to improve operational efficiencies in the oil and gas industry like the ‘Upstream Production Operations by Accenture and SAP’, which consists of solutions, services, and training for energy companies’ production operations launched back in 2014.
In a recent SAP and Accenture venture, the strategic partners co-innovated a solution that leverages SAP S/4HANA Cloud to further support the upstream oil and gas enterprises by streamlining processes and costs.
The SAP S/4HANA Cloud solution utilises intelligent technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) to give clients increased visibility on operations and cash flow. Through the collective effort of exploration and production companies namely BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Equinor and Shell, SAP and Accenture were able to define market-standard end-to-end processes that are preconfigured within the solution.
Jan van den Bremen, Senior Managing Director and lead for Accenture Intelligent Platform Services in Europe expressed:
“Accenture and SAP are delivering a solution that brings in innovative technologies like AI to deliver real-time insights, greater visibility, and better decision-making.”
“We are proud to be the only SAP co-development partner working side-by-side to deliver leading oil and gas industry solutions. We’ve worked with SAP and leaders in the oil and gas industry to co-develop a solution that helps enable faster adoption of new technologies to better manage changing market conditions,” he added.
Benjamin Beberness, SAP Global Vice President of the Oil and Gas Business Unit stated:
“Working together with Accenture and a consortium of industry leaders, we have delivered an industry-defined intelligent solution that has the capabilities upstream oil and gas companies need to reduce complexity by using market standards.”
“SAP S/4HANA Cloud for upstream oil and gas is a flexible and agile solution that can provide customers a 360-degree view of the intelligent enterprise — from operations to the boardroom, enabling operational excellence,” Beberness explained.
The oil and gas industry benefits from this collaboration as the SAP S/4HANA Cloud for upstream oil and gas solution intends to create new revenue opportunities, reduce total cost of ownership and operational costs. The scalable enterprise solution, now made available worldwide, includes next-generation finance, hydrocarbon accountings, streamlined procure to pay, asset management, and AI and machine learning. Since it is preconfigured with market-leading end-to-end processes for the oil and gas industry, companies can now significantly reduce implementation time as well as reduce business disruption risk. The solution elevates industry standards by simplifying operations and freeing up resources to drive more business values.
As collaborators, Mike Pfister, CIO at ConocoPhillips said:
“ConocoPhillips collaborated with SAP and Accenture for more than two years to launch this solution, based on a flexible cloud architecture, that can scale and deliver real-time insights into oil and gas upstream processes.”
Scott Wahl, CIO Upstream at Shell also shared:
“This release represents an important milestone demonstrating the impact of our ongoing collaboration. We look forward to continuing to work together to deliver a mature solution that creates business value for the upstream oil and gas industry.”
SAP S/4HANA Cloud for upstream oil and gas enables the upstream business for operational excellence across:
- Asset management
- Field logistics
- Hydrocarbon accounting management