Bill Gates once said, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.”
As the enterprise platform manager at Shell, it’s Frank Westerhof’s job to keep the SAP ERP systems running smoothly while identifying new products that will keep the company’s data environment healthy. In the 40-plus years Shell has worked with SAP, its ERP landscape had grown in scope and become uneven in places as the global energy giant acquired new companies. When Frank and his team looked at the future of their ERP, they saw clouds ahead.
Precision Drilling was living with an ERP system that was a lot like an old house. It started out as Canada’s largest drilling contractor but picked up acquisitions over time in the U.S. and the Middle East. That growth brought complexity and technical debt to an SAP system that had existed in some form since 1996.
As with every memorable year of the Best Practices for Oil & Gas conference, the 8th annual event flew by!
With over 650 energy professionals in attendance, there was an abundance of shared success stories, new business connections, and invaluable content presented.
Overall, 2018’s leading oil and gas conference for SAP-users was another monumental success for all in attendence. Here are a few highlights:
All attendees of the Best Practices for Oil & Gas conference (BPOG) in San Antonio, TX, from September 17-19, 2018, are cordially invited to an Oil and Gas Global Special Interest Group (GSIG) meeting hosted by ASUG. Topics covered during the session include: customer engagement and roadmaps, easy returns, JVA blockchain, connected assets and more.
For the last 4 years, the Best Practices for Oil & Gas conference has called Houston, Texas its home. Intent on being convenient to our customers’ work base, we’ve showcased hundreds of presentations and countless networking opportunities right in the oil and gas community’s backyard.
2017’s Best Practices for Oil and Gas conference brought together dozens of thought leaders, hundreds of energy professionals, and top level executives straight from SAP. The result? An abundance of valuable content, profitable new business connections, and fresh perspectives on the entire state of the industry. All-in-all, this year’s show was a huge success for all in attendance. Take a look at the biggest takeaways that made #BPOG one of the top conferences for the oil and gas community.
When attending any conference, one typically has a few sessions that are must-attend, top-of-the-list priorities. For this year’s Best Practices for Oil and Gas, the presentation by Horace Hobbs, the Chief Economist at Phillips 66 seemed to be that can’t-miss session for just about everyone.
At 2017’s Best Practices for Oil and Gas, attendees walked away with an abundance of in-depth knowledge from the subject-matter experts presenting at each session. In the Accounting and Finance track at this year’s conference, Noorddin Taj—the Lead Architect of Strategy at BP—gave a first-hand account of what defines a successful divestment, which in his words includes: