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BP Awards Big Application Services Contract to IBM

IBM announced that BP has awarded it a 5-year contract to manage and run all of the oil giant’s enterprise applications and integrated service desk responsibilities. The contract is the largest among multiple awards BP is making as part of a major program to simplify business processes while achieving new levels of service quality.

            Over the last 12 months BP initiated a program to consolidate its IT vendors for application development and application maintenance (ADAM) with goals of simplifying its processes, improving service quality and enabling strategic partnership. BP had a rigorous procurement selection process to assess potential partners on capability, Oil and Gas sector knowledge and cost. IBM met these criteria and has demonstrated its ability to support BP’s agenda of simplification, standardization and corporate efficiency.

            Dana Deasy, BP Group CIO, said: “I’ve been very pleased with the quality of IBM’s proposal and to have selected them as a strategic ADAM vendor for global SAP maintenance and system development center. We see a significant opportunity to simplify and standardize BP’s work processes while leveraging IBM’s world-class expertise in this area and their strong knowledge of the Oil and Gas industry. This contract will enable BP to reduce complexity, while lowering our overall cost base.”

            IBM Global Business Services will manage BP’s SAP applications, including enhancements and continuous improvement both at client sites and from IBM’s network of global delivery centers.

            “IBM is pleased to support BP’s enterprise transformation with our globally integrated application management capabilities,” said Frank Kern, Sr. VP, IBM Global Business Services. “IBM’s unmatched breadth of application management resources — combined with our deep industry expertise — will drive future growth and opportunity for our valued client.”


August 27, 2009 at 2:34 am Leave a comment

Carol Dinkins Joins UH Energy Advisory Board

Environmental litigator Carol E. Dinkins, a partner in the Houston office of the international law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP, will join the newly formed Energy Advisory Board of the University of Houston (UH).

            “Carol is an environmental legend in Texas and on a national level, particularly for regulatory and enforcement matters within the energy industry,” said UH President Renu Khator. “I am delighted she will support the University of Houston’s efforts to become ‘The Energy University’ and help guide the board toward achieving that goal.”

            The advisory board, which will meet quarterly, is tasked with strategic planning and external coordination. Its next meeting is set for Oct. 28. In addition to Dinkins, board members include:    

  • Tim Cejka, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Co.;
  • John Gibson Jr., president and CEO of Paradigm;
  • John Hofmeister, chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership Energy Collaborative and founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy;
  • Ryan Lance, Sr. VP, international exploration and production, ConocoPhillips;
  • David McClanahan, president and CEO of CenterPoint Energy Inc.;
  • Lamar McKay, chairman and president, BP America Inc.;
  • Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Company and director of Royal Dutch Shell;
  • H. David Ramm, partner of DKRW Energy LLC;
  • Corbin Robertson Jr., chairman and CEO of Natural Resource Partners; and
  • Bruce Williamson, chairman, president and CEO of Dynegy Inc.

            Formation of the advisory board is the latest step in a roadmap laid out in Khator’s UH Energy Initiative, which aims to capitalize on the region’s and the university’s strategic interests and strengths. Involvement in energy-related initiatives spans virtually every UH college and includes faculty in a dozen disciplines.

August 27, 2009 at 2:11 am Leave a comment

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