4 Benefits of Migrating Your Production Management Software to a Low-Code Cloud Platform

While the immediate outlook for the oil and gas industry is positive, we’re still in an era of incredible transformation, with significant change expected in the near future.  Given that McKinsey predicts energy investments may need to grow 4% annually to support the energy transition, with new technologies capturing ~65% of the investments, now is the perfect time to consider ways to optimise operating processes.  You can prepare for these changes by making process optimisations – and your legacy production data management and hydrocarbon accounting system is a great place to start. 

Moving from highly customised, burdensome software used for managing production data, allocating and reporting to a low-code cloud platform like EnergySys Cloud Platform, hosted on AWS gives your organisation adaptability when you need it the most. 

These four benefits of migrating from your legacy software to a low-code cloud platform will help you prepare for and safely navigate the oil and gas industry’s future landscape. 

1. Gained control and transparency

Because there’s no one-size-fits-all requirement for your portfolio of assets, you’ve spent considerable resources building a custom production data management solution that fits your company’s current unique needs.  

The result? Complexity and a lack of transparency that forces you to blindly trust it’s doing its job accurately and extends your reliance on software engineers for costly maintenance and management. 

The alternative is EnergySys’ low-code cloud platform. It provides business users with end-to-end transparency because it speaks their language, Excel 

Used in place of a traditional language, like Java or C#, Excel allows everyone to create, modify or review the application logic quickly and easily. But not only can they inspect the details of the logic that make up their applications, they can also review comprehensive logs of every individual execution of a calculation process, also using Excel. This means they can understand exactly how every result was derived, and can audit every change to any data item in the system. 

Not only does this ensure that you’ll avoid the steep learning curve that often comes with a new software platform, but it also empowers business users to take control of their software. 

2. The flexibility to support evolving needs

With annual energy supply and production investments expected to double by 2035, you can be certain your software needs will evolve continually.  

Customising your legacy production data management system to meet the escalating demands would require potentially prohibitive engineering costs if, indeed, it is possible at all.  

But with low-code cloud platforms like EnergySys, you can adapt your platform to fit your needs, whether it’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A), emerging technologies, changing C-suite reports or escalating regulations. And you can achieve it on your schedule, not that of your software vendor. 

For example, with the EnergySys platform’s built-in calculation engine, users configure all their business rules using Excel formulae. They can even configure workflows to define linked processes, then automate their execution based on predefined events or specific times. They can build attractive reports and dashboards as needed. This means that they have the means to reconfigure their software to incorporate new requirements – at any time.

3. Added capabilities through powerful integrations and templates

One of the advantages of a low-code platform like EnergySys is that it is intended to be used by business people, not software engineers. The person who defines the requirements can also build the system to meet them. While that’s appealing, in most practical situations those business experts don’t have the time to create a new application and continue with their day job. That’s where EnergySys partners come in.  

They are business experts, too, who can help you implement your application using the same low-code tools that you would use yourself. They have experience with using the platform, integrating it with external systems like data historians, adding automations and building reports.  

They can provide template applications that can form the foundation of your own solution. There are template applications available for many aspects of upstream oil and gas operations including production accounting, cargo dispatching, pipeline transportation, marine vetting, partner-operated assets, emissions tracking and reporting and many other aspects of the business.  

You can run the template applications exactly as delivered or they can be easily modified to precisely meet your needs.

4. Lowered total cost of ownership

You’ve seen the high costs and IT time consumed by the need to procure and maintain on-premises infrastructure to support your vast legacy solution. And because you have customised your software, you are shouldering much of the development and upgrade costs alone.  

By migrating your applications to the cloud, you eliminate the need for on-premises hardware and resources to run them. Further, upgrading your software becomes seamless as the cloud platform pushes updates, upgrades, innovations and advances live on the platform without any added costs to you – and without any impact on your existing applications.  

No more costly upgrade projects whenever the underlying software components need upgrading. Add this to the ease of application implementation and modification and, over the life of the system, the total cost of ownership is considerably lower.  

The solution is easier than you thought possible 

There’s much speculation and many differing predictions for the oil and gas industry’s future, but we are certain that it will look very different in 10 years than it does today. Another certainty? The challenges your customised legacy accounting software will pose as you work through these unavoidable changes.  

EnergySys has found a new way to create the applications you need to succeed as you face constantly changing market forces. It’s easy to use and maintain and more flexible than you may have ever thought possible.  

Read a case study to learn how other oil and gas companies have benefited from EnergySys’ low-code platform or view the solution brief to learn why it’s the right solution for you.  

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