In the highly competitive oil and gas market, New Zealand firm Shell Todd has been finely tuning its new data management and business applications to squeeze its margins further.
The exploration company is using the decision support software BusinessObjects to make OLAP (online analytical processing) queries, reporting and analysis. The analysis tool enables the greater efficiencies needed to economically operate oil and gas prospects which would otherwise be marginal investments, says John Pitman, Shell Todd’s IS project manager.
Staff use BusinessObjects for standard and ad hoc reporting requirements of three joint venture partners for the Maui and Kapuni fields. It provides views on detailed cost information, especially in maintenance and procurement operations, which means Shell Todd can prioritise work on its equipment including 220km of pipeline and two 110m deep offshore platforms. More than half of the company’s 300 PC users, spread across seven sites, use BusinessObjects.
Meanwhile, BusinessObjects’ Australian distributor, Executive Computing, has set up an office in Auckland.
In the past 12 months local customers have increased from six to 23 including, Ministry of Health, Midland Health, Southland Health, Employment Service, BNZ, National Bank, Clear Communications, NZI, Telecom and Southern Cross.
The pricing of BusinessObjects, whose main competitor is Cognos, ranges from $2500 to $50,000 per user, depending on the level of functionality required.