Information technology

Information, Communication, Technologies

During 2011 the ICT function launched some important changes to Saipem’s information systems. The change plan concerning SAP R/3 was completed, with the introduction of new native functionalities offered by release 6.0 of the product, as well as a new architecture for the company data warehouse system.
In particular, Saipem implemented a new accounting model in line with company requirements which manages working capital based on SAP New General Ledger and exploits the capabilities of Material Ledger to support cost analyses.
With these new tools in place, a number of new SAP roll outs were carried out which benefited from the new functionalities.
The initiative also involved a carefully coordinated technical and functional update of the Spectec AMOS asset management system integrated within the IBIS (Integrated Business Information System) model of SAP R/3.
In the HR area, initiatives commenced in 2011 are still under way and should be completed in the first half of 2012. Additional fine-tuning of GHRS, the Saipem system based on the Oracle Peoplesoft personnel management software, was launched in 2011 as part of a new implementation project. Saipem also introduced, with excellent results, a new solution for international payroll management which was developed internally by drawing on the software development and management skills of Saipem India Projects, thus achieving savings in terms of both project management and production costs.
A better quality of HR data available in GHRS facilitated the roll out of the company Workload Management System for engineering and supervision services. The success of the initiative led to further implementations to cover a number of other Saipem professional families, namely, offshore vessels, drilling and ROVs. Extension of the model to fabrication and construction is currently under way.
ICT business support activities during the year were strongly focused on innovative tools targeted at increasing the efficiency and quality of engineering design and construction. Through partnerships with major suppliers of software solutions, such as Aveva, Bentley, and Intergraph, Saipem aims to reduce complex product development and elaborate customizations in favour of the adoption of standard platforms enhanced by solutions designed on the basis of consultation with Saipem experts, a process that requires an open and continuous dialogue with suppliers to ensure that Saipem’s requirements are understood and met. In 2011 there was a strong focus on support for the Shah Gas project which required significant effort to ensure an adequate implementation of new project-based 3D modelling tools.
The experience gained will be used to give a competitive edge to new jobs requiring the same product. Other business support initiatives were connected with the new site management models, which are using a new system for the management of piping spools and related technical documentation that was introduced during 2011.

As regards IT infrastructure, 2011 was given over to the consolidation of the domain and to the roll out of the WIE (Windows Infrastructure Evolution) project to take advantage of the benefits deriving from the functionalities offered by the latest Microsoft platforms. Distribution of the new software was started and completed for a first group of sites, which included a number of vessels, in parallel with a more time-consuming roll out to the main Italian and French sites, which will be completed in 2012.
In telecommunications, the ongoing implementation of unified communications services is currently focused on the introduction of the latest features of IP technology for managing voice and video traffic over Saipem’s data network.

Finally, in relation to governance activities and compliance and security processes, analysis of company data (and the risks associated with their processing) is under way and should be completed in 2012, in parallel with monitoring work carried out in compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act and with Italian law no.
262. This approach is combined with a cutting-edge use of IT security technologies and is designed to mitigate the security risks associated with data processing by the company information systems.