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Pacific Drilling believes the greatest opportunities in the offshore oil and gas industry will be in ultra-deep water. To effectively focus on this segment of the drilling market, they are turning to SAP to help support a unique, specialized fleet of drill ships through optimized maintenance, operation, inventory, and supply chain processes.
Pacific Drilling S.A.
SAP Services, Hewlett-Packard, Deloitte Consulting, Capgemini Consulting
Asset Management, Supply Chain, Information Technology
Oil & Gas
SAP for Oil & Gas, SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA
Pacific Drilling is a young company with global ambitions. Created by oil and gas industry veterans and venture capitalists in 2006, the company combines modern drilling technology with the latest safety practices to effectively meet complex operating requirements at remote locations in deep water.
A global company with multiple locations, including remote offshore drilling sites, Pacific Drilling believes they can transform their management style from reactive to proactive by harnessing real-time data and analysis. Doing so will give the company the edge needed to compete against larger, more established competitors, and to achieve the goal of doubling their fleet in three years.
SAP solutions have been critical to the success of Pacific Drilling since the company was founded. Specifically, Pacific Drilling has used SAP ERP for Oil and Gas as they have grown from a company of fewer than 100 employees to more than 1,200 employees and five deep-water drill ships deployed worldwide.
With help from partners SAP Services, Hewlett-Packard, Deloitte Consulting, and Capgemini Consulting, SAP and Pacific Drilling were able to deploy SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA in 60 days. The implementation allows Pacific Drilling to conduct both transactions and analytics in the same IT environment, saving time, and money, and establishing a technology foundation that can scale as the company grows.
Shorter time-to-value cycles
Simplifying the IT landscape greatly reduces the costs of operations throughout Pacific Drilling, from payroll, to procurement, to supply chain management. It also helps reduce the overall database size, which simplifies management and improves data availability and transparency.
Improvements on every level
So far, Pacific Drilling has sped up the time required for both payroll and material requirements planning (MRP) by up to 50%. The solution is also expected to maximize the uptime of their drilling rigs while reducing maintenance costs and optimizing inventory levels throughout their global supply chain.
Improvements… and more improvements
Currently, the Pacific Drilling team is investigating the benefits of importing mission data from sensors on equipment on each of the rigs. By using SAP HANA Live for SAP ERP, Pacific Drilling hopes to analyze the data in real-time and provide actionable information to the users. For example, real-time data collection would allow rig operators to detect and appropriately react to downhole pressure changes while drilling, which can enhance the safety and efficiency of deep-water drilling operations.
Knowing what’s happening at the drill point
Pacific Drilling continues to look for other ways to use SAP solutions to improve business performance, operational excellence, and safety. IT executives say SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA positions the company for at least the next five years, as the company is expected to double their staff to more than 2,000 people and increase annual revenues to more than $1 billion.
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