“The depth of Australian resource industry experience DyFlex brought to the team was one of their differentiators.”
When leading mid-cap oil and gas company, Beach Energy Limited, acquired upstream oil and gas business Lattice Energy from Origin Energy Limited, it needed to quickly transition from enterprise software systems provided by the previous owner.
Beach Energy had identified operational synergies between Beach and Lattice and its executive and management team were focussed on achieving a rapid and seamless integration.
“For every month that we delayed there was a significant cost to pay for transition services,” said Cory Resoort, IT Integration Program Director, Beach Energy Limited.
Having recently implemented SAP for financials, Beach made the decision to transition the bulk of Lattice’s enterprise systems away from Oracle and onto SAP, and selected Australian SAP implementation partner, DyFlex Solutions, for the project.
In a selection process which boiled down to a final round with two competing bids, DyFlex presented Beach Energy executives with a high-quality proposal. DyFlex also demonstrated a high degree of confidence that they could transition Lattice to a tight deadline.
Beach Energy was aware it had set an ambitious target.
“Even though we knew it was a challenging deadline, we believed we could do it,” said Resoort.
Most of the functionality to be transitioned to SAP was new to Beach Energy. In additional to financials, which Beach already had, the company needed to enhance SAP’s joint venture accounting, plant maintenance and materials management modules to replicate Lattice’s Oracle processes.
In the transition project, Beach Energy also implemented SuccessFactors – SAP’s cloud-based human capital management suite – contributing to a significantly more comprehensive suite of SAP solutions than it had before. User numbers also more than doubled with the Lattice acquisition.
“The approach that DyFlex brought to the table – with a templated solution for plant maintenance and materials management and the methodology they employed for implementation and testing – enabled us to accelerate the Lattice transition,” said Resoort.
DyFlex’s confidence that it could deliver and Beach’s faith in its SAP implementation partner were vindicated. DyFlex assembled a team of highly experienced Australian consultants who worked closely with Beach Energy in Melbourne and Adelaide to complete the transition project on time and on budget.
Training and change management was a key part of the program.
“What got us across the line was the way we were able to test the systems and get ready for transition – to make sure that everything worked, staff were trained and people were using the system correctly,” said Resoort.
A strong working relationship between Beach Energy and DyFlex Solutions meant that any problems encountered were overcome with minimal disruption to the project.
“While you can’t do a program of this size without running into some problems, there weren’t any we couldn’t overcome,” said Resoort. “We were having some issues with the data migration, for example, and DyFlex brought in additional resources without us having to argue about it.”
Having successfully partnered with DyFlex on two substantial SAP implementation projects, Beach Energy is well positioned to build on its enterprise software platform.
“DyFlex made themselves easy to work with,” said Resoort. “Together, we focussed on the outcomes and getting the right results rather than the contractual agreement. I felt it was a genuine partnering arrangement, which is saying something. I look forward to the opportunity to work with DyFlex again in the future.”
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