Integration Strategy for an Oilfield Services Company

Client Profile

An oilfield services corporation headquartered in Alberta with 1,300 employees and operations world-wide.

Client Profile

An oilfield services corporation headquartered in Alberta with 1,300 employees and operations world-wide.

The Challenge

The client was experiencing a range of issues inhibiting growth:

• Lack of systems flexibility and scalability.

• Insufficient in-house expertise to deliver enterprise integration.

• Highly complicated environment due to previous ad-hoc and ungoverned implementations.

• Highly manual dependent integration points requiring extensive manual intervention.

• Compressed and inflexible timelines – imminent application implementations. The client’s objective was a tailored Enterprise Integration Strategy to identify an appropriate integration platform to meet business needs now and into the future. The key tenets of this strategy were:

• Agility – adapting to changing marketplaces.

• Scalability – supporting anticipated exponential growth.

• Interoperability – requiring a cross-regional (agnostic) service offering due to recent growth, both domestically and internationally.

Solutions & Results

Within six weeks, Groundswell provided the client with an Enterprise Integration Strategy that included a road map and technology recommendations for the next five years. The strategy and recommended architecture provided the client with the building blocks to implement solutions able to cope with the anticipated growth and flexible enough to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The strategy focused on the client’s goals of ensuring business capabilities: Agility, Scalability and Interoperability.

What are the Top Three Business Requirements when Building an Information Management Strategy?

• Business value: A solid information management and integration strategy must be focused on delivering business value. Whether it is risk mitigation, cost savings or revenue generation, you need to identify that value to ensure you area heading in the right direction.

• Trusted Information: When people know they can trust the information they are getting and are not worried about the underlying data, it liberates them to explore new ideas and drive the business forward.

• Flexibility: needs to be baked into the strategy. Business drivers will evolve and you must be able to adapt to change. One of the most neglected yet important aspects of a solid strategy is the ability to make continuous small improvements and enhancements. This is critical to business success and we work with our clients to ensure that this is a key consideration of the strategy.