IT Essays Key Role In Kvaerner Powergas India

by Julia Fernandes    Nov 09, 2004

In line with its philosophy of using IT as a facilitator to enable and support the business needs, Kvaerner Powergas India, currently the largest operating center of oil, gas, process and energy (OGPE) business area of Aker Kvaerner group, has succeeded in effectively leveraging IT tools and systems for achieving global competitiveness.

In an exclusive with CXOtoday, Ashok Adhikary, associate director- systems, Kvaerner Powergas India, said, “The Mumbai location functions as the ‘Center of Excellence’ providing detail engineering services to both local and international clients, in addition to offering resources and project execution support to Aker Kvaerner group companies worldwide.”

The company is undoubtedly a massive user of technology if its current IT infrastructure is anything to go by. Four hubs spread across the four regions, namely Asia pacific, Mainland Europe, London, and USA, caters to collaborative engineering work worldwide. Its network consists of 21,000 PCs connected to each other spanning 150 offices and scattered in 30 countries. The entire connectivity is managed by Equant - a global service provider.

According to Adhikary, with this mammoth network, standardization of systems globally ranks as one of the key initiatives, with the thrust being on a Common Operating Environment (COE).

Located in its Mumbai premises, is a server farm that consists of 30 servers. Currently loaded with Windows 2000, they will shortly be migrating to Windows 2003. At the client level, the company has deployed Windows XP. For its database needs, the company has deployed Oracle 8i and MS SQL.

For meeting its storage needs, the company uses NAS storage systems. Powered by Cisco routers and switches it handles 2.6 terabytes of data. For its mailing solutions, the company currently uses MS Exchange 5.5, which will soon be migrated to MS Exchange 2003.

To cater to the needs of its human capital, the company has developed an ESS portal (employee self service) that contains a storehouse of information right from salary, leave, travel, early departure etc. The engineering major has also developed an E2E portal (employee to employee), part of eNet, a global intranet, and Internet portal of the group company.

For its knowledge management initiative, the company will be deploying Microsoft’s SharePoint portal. Among the core beliefs driving the knowledge management initiative is customer satisfaction, innovative use of technology followed by a people oriented approach and lastly value to shareholders.

The IT team has a strength of 15 members responsible for developing solutions and also providing support for more than 1000 employees in Mumbai and Pune. Since engineering design is a core function the company uses a plethora of engineering software such as PDMS, PDS, PROII, HYSIS, STADDPRO, HTRI, CAESER II etc, making it one of the largest users of 3D products.

Aker Kvaerner ASA is a $4.5 billion global provider of engineering and construction services, technology products, and integrated solutions. The company operates in oil and gas production, refining and chemicals, pharma and biotechnology in addition to mining, power generation, pulp and paper. It currently employs 21,000 employees.