Akili will speak alongside SM Energy at the SAP Best Practices for Oil & Gas conference in Houston later this month.

Wednesday, September 23 at 1:45PM Central


SM Energy Company is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in onshore North America.  SM Energy began a project in the spring of 2013 to implement SAP’s Upstream Oil and Gas solution with a large system integrator. In January of 2014, SM Energy asked Akili to perform an assessment of the program due to the lack of velocity in the implementation.  With a Go Live schedule for January 1, 2015, the project had not started the data conversion process.

Akili engaged with SM Energy by changing the implementation process from a waterfall approach to an agile method, to provide multiple reiterations of the data conversion process to ensure the highest data quality for Go-Live.  Each of the four data conversion cycles were aligned to the appropriate test cycles so the data could be evaluated within each business process.  Furthermore, each cycle of the four data conversion cycles increase the scope and success targets to ensure the most important data was focused upon early in the cycle while additional supporting characteristics were included by the January 1, 2015 Go Live.

By using this approach, Akili started the first cycle of data conversion within 60 days and achieved a greater than 70% conversion on the approved scope.  With each cycle, Akili introduced new controls and data integrity checks to achieve the required 95% data conversion at Go Live, while providing the necessary audit requirements.  SM Energy realized their success in data quality and conversion by leveraging the pre-configured template approach as provided by Akili’s Data Conversion Product Suite built on SAP Data Services.

The Best Practices for Oil & Gas conference is North America’s leading forum for upstream, midstream, downstream and oilfield service professionals to collaborate across the value chain. The fifth annual event is designed to help you address, adapt and thrive in this dynamic market. Learn innovative ways your peers are improving operating efficiencies, maximizing value, cutting costs and leveraging past and new investments to be equipped with the tools to win. Don’t miss your chance to attend this unique event September 22-25, 2015, in Houston, TX. Best Practices for Oil & Gas is a collaboration of SAP, The Eventful Group and ASUG. For more information and to find out how you can save on your registration visit www.sap-oil-and-gas.com.