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Scaling up a multinational’s pipe dreams

Accenture collaborated on the largest Oracle implementation of its kind for a midstream and utility operator


Call for change

Aligning acquisitions

A multinational pipeline and energy company, aspiring to be the leading energy delivery company in North America, grew through a series of acquisitions. One major merger resulted in a workforce of more than 10,000 people operating on four enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications and five Maximo asset and work management applications. The multinational decided to migrate to one, consolidated ERP Oracle Cloud and Maximo solution, and selected Accenture as the best partner for the job. Together with Accenture, the company embarked on the largest implementation of its kind for a midstream and utility operator to automate business processes, achieve cost and productivity efficiencies, optimize asset management, and generate real time, data-backed business insights, all powered by a robust change management strategy.

When tech meets human ingenuity

Cloud complexities

Together with Accenture the multinational set out to create a new solution using as much out-of-the-box functionality as possible, but also building innovative, industry-specific workarounds to fill functional gaps. More than 2,700 business requirements were captured, validated, and designed in agile workshops to work across finance, supply chain, and three business units. Six releases were delivered on schedule over three years, with more than 3,500 users moved from SAP® to Oracle during the final phase, more than 30 million data records validated, more than 400 integrations completed and 270 ‘superusers’ mobilized to teach other members of the workforce to use the solution.

A valuable difference

Streamlining scalability

The project moved 10,000+ people to a single Oracle Cloud and Maximo solution, eliminating IT maintenance costs for nine legacy platforms and reducing the time and cost of onboarding. Finances have been consolidated to a single chart of accounts, enabling a speedy financial close process, eliminating the risks associated with manual data connection and enabling new data analytics and reporting capabilities. An Allowance for Funds Used During Construction (AFUDC) function enables the business to capture and recover pre-operational financing costs, saving the company $108m per year. Another custom solution automates Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reporting and has been adopted by Oracle as part of its standard solution.