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Closer integration with overseas assets: ONGBV Sudan networked with Delhi
15 January, 2006

After having completed the acquisitions in Sudan ONGC  has gone a step forward to achieve organic integration with ONGCBV Sudan with the Go-Live of ERP solution at ONGCBV Khartoum Sudan on Jan 15, 2006. ONGC Videsh has accomplished the task with the active support and assistance of Project ICE.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. D K Sarraf Director (Finance), OVL said “Today is a very satisfying day when ICE project will see its implementation in Khartoum and Amsterdam to cover three continents in all.”

He added that the basic philosophy of One organization. One data .One information. One system assumes importance as the challenges, the organization would face in future, would increase. Project ICE will have to address these challenges, extending not merely beyond company, countries and continents but also looking at complexities of handling transactions involving various currencies, understanding the finer nuances keeping the accounting standards practiced elsewhere, financial year closing in other countries and so on. But I am fully confident that project ICE will successfully address these challenges he elaborated.

“The actual credit however goes to our respected C&MD Mr. Subir Raha, who very clearly emphasized upon its total implementation in ONGC” he said

Reiterating similar feelings Mr. Anupam Mathur ED (OVL) said “Today was a momentous occasion. A beginning has been made to establish footprints aboard on this front as well. I congratulate everybody for achieving this milestone.

Formally   inaugurating the Go –Live from Sudan Col.D. Sangwan, GM (ONGCBV) said “We at ONGC Nile Ganga are happy to be a part of the Project ICE. ONGC Nile Ganga is the first offshore implementation of SAP in ONGC. Compliments to  all.”

In his address Mr.Ravindran,GM(E&T),Project ICE behalf of the entire team heartily congratulated the Sudanese nationals who visited India recently for training purposes and looked forward to the implementation in Sudan productively.

Starting from today all logistic operations of ONGBV are being brought into the ambit of the ICE system. With effect from this Financial Year 2006, all the business transactions of ONGBV shall be conducted through the ICE system. Currently ONGBV has a user base of 27 officials including 18 Sudanese nationals. The first batch of three executives of Finance, Materials and IT functions of Project ICE had reached Sudan on 12th January 2006 for the Go-live and hand holding support. With this implementation a path has been set for roll out of the ERP to cover all ONGC/ OVL operations in its joint ventures across the globe. The system will be later expanded to cover the Human Resources processes also once the Payroll processes are implemented at ONGC Videsh, which is scheduled for1stApril,2006.

ONGBV, a 100% subsidy of ONGC Videsh Limited with headquarters at Amsterdam provides front end support to the Greater Nile Petroleum Oil Company (GNPOC) for the operations in Sudan. With this implementation a path has been set for closer integration with overseas assets facilitated by the IT department which is acting as driver for synergizing the IT applications with business strategy.

Starting from October 2005, team ICE had completed the blue print of business processes and configuration of the system for implementing the Financial & Joint Venture Accounting, Costing and Material management functions at ONGBV. During December 2005, a team of officials from the ONGC Nile Ganga BV Sudan had undergone the end user training at Project ICE, Delhi.


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