ISLANDIA, New York, January 13 /PRNewswire/ -- CA, Inc. today announced that Saipem, an Italian company and one of the largest oil and gas industry contractors worldwide, is using CA Clarity(TM) Project Portfolio Management (PPM) software to manage strategic projects among its three global business units including offshore, onshore and drilling. With CA Clarity PPM, Saipem gets a global view and manages its workforce resources across the entire project life cycle, from the preliminary planning phase before the project is actually acquired, through the simulations, to the detailed planning and bidding stages.
With revenues exceeding US$14.8 billion, Saipem provides engineering, procurement, project management and construction services for the oil industry -- both onshore and offshore -- as well as drilling, maintenance and operations in some of the world's most difficult areas, including remote areas and deep water. With more than 38,000 employees in over 35 countries, Saipem needed a global resource management platform to allocate the right workforce resources over the entire project life cycle. Most importantly, the company must plan and track its vast workforce, blended from various sources, including internal employees from various Saipem divisions, staff from other Saipem companies, and contractors from outside organizations.
CA Clarity PPM was selected by Saipem as the foundation of the new system. The CA solution is used to translate all of the company's project factors into hourly measurements that help to track a project's performance. In October 2008, Saipem began using CA Clarity PPM at the group's online business unit, initially dealing with more than 300 users at onshore service providers. At that point, it started to manage more than 400 running projects. Today, CA Clarity PPM is leveraged by Saipem as a strategic project management application for turnkey EPIC contracts which form the basis of their core business. These cover all engineering, procurement, installation and construction tasks for complex plants and associated infrastructure from design through to startup.
As a leader in the highly competitive global oil and gas market, it is vital that our company has the ability to match business needs with an adequate source of available resources. The solution from CA gives us greater operational flexibility and the ability to react faster to changes in the market, said Alessandro Tintori, Information and Communication Technologies Project Manager at Saipem. In addition to managing the various phases of each project, CA Clarity PPM also allows Saipem to perform strategic long-term planning to meet business goals laid down by executive management, providing valuable foresight to help drive our most important business initiatives.
Now CA Clarity PPM is being used to manage more than 700 projects of varying size, including large operations typically lasting 24-36 months. Hundreds of people with high level responsibility, such as project managers, department heads, project control staff and HR managers, leverage CA Clarity PPM for planning resource demand and capacity, and to help control costs by tracking scheduled working hours and relative budgets.
Companies such as Saipem are extending PPM from its success in IT organizations to broader use across the enterprise in project-based solutions, said Brian Bell, senior vice president and general manager of the CA Clarity PPM business unit at CA. From its use across geographies and business units to help maximize resources and revenues, Saipem is leveraging CA Clarity PPM as an enterprise application that is core to their business.
CA Clarity PPM connects with multiple software applications inside Saipem, including Oracle's PeopleSoft(R), which manages in-house resources; SAP(R) R/3(R), which tracks personnel and controls corporate business processes; and a data warehouse for the analysis of aggregated data. Integration with SAP R/3 enables Saipem to create the necessary accounting links with corporate budget planning so that CA Clarity PPM can manage performance by position, cost center or project.
About CA Clarity PPM
CA Clarity PPM, the industry-leading project and portfolio management solution, helps public and private sector IT organizations to achieve world-class performance by improving the quality of their engagement with their stakeholders and enhancing their ability to run at peak efficiency. The CA Clarity PPM system features integrated IT portfolio planning, demand management, project management, resource planning and time, cost and earned value management. More than 1,000 companies, organizations and government agencies depend on CA Clarity PPM to govern IT, optimize new product development (NPD) and manage public sector grants. For more information on CA Clarity PPM, please visit www.ca.com/ppm. To receive updates, follow @CAClarity (http://twitter.com/caclarity) on Twitter.
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