An Upstream Operator on SAP S/4 HANA in Six Months? It Can Be Done

By Tommy Mars and Jonathan Davis

If you could implement SAP S/4 HANA in six months would that change your business case for implementing SAP? Or, if you are an existing SAP customer would it bring forward your thinking about when to upgrade from ECC 6 to S/4 HANA? 

At Assala Energy, Opportune LLP recently managed the delivery of S/4 HANA and SAP SuccessFactors in exactly six months. Assala Energy is an exploration and production (E&P) company backed by private equity firm Carlyle Group, which it acquired in November 2017, and transitioned the assets of Shell Gabon. 

Opportune was responsible for the entire IT transition (CLICK HERE TO READ CASE STUDY). But, the biggest component was the SAP solution, which we understand is the first full implementation of an S/4 HANA solution in an E&P company, with the project scope covering finance, supply chain, project, plant maintenance and human resources. 

The accelerated delivery was enabled by the delivery of a vanilla solution (very low customization), configured using standard E&P processes and then populated with master and transaction data cutover from the seller’s EEC6 solution. The solution is hosted by SAP using their HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) offering. Opportune acted at the project managers and provided the business process experts, supported by a third-party systems integrator for the solution build, testing and data conversion activities. 

We believe that this rapid and commensurately low-cost implementation approach is a viable and repeatable solution for buyers in asset divestment scenarios, as well as mid-market companies that are looking to move to a more robust ERP (enterprise resource planning) backbone for their main business processes. Furthermore, the model of a “greenfield solution”, but brownfield data, has many parallels to the approach that companies could be considering as part of their ECC 6 to S/4 HANA migration strategy. 

If you are planning to attend the International SAP O&G Conference in Lisbon, Portugal on April 17-19, we will be presenting the Assala Energy case study in more detail. We would be happy to discuss the relevance of what has been achieved in the context of your own SAP journeys.

Tommy Mars

Managing Director, EMEA, Process & TechnologyOpportune LLP

Jonathan Davis

Director, EMEA, Process & TechnologyOpportune LLP

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