Varec, a US-based terminal automation company, and Implico, a German consulting and software company, have announced a strategic alliance.
Together they will develop, implement and market an integrated enterprise-wide solution for commercial and defence applications within the oil and gas industry.
Varec's FuelsManager combined with Implico's OpenTAS software will provide a complete supply chain management solution for corporate, refinery, pipeline, terminal and retail operations.
Micheal Hewson, corporate marketing director at Varec, says: 'Implico is a leader in SAP software. We like to partner with industry leaders. I don't think there is any SAP competition with Implico at that level.'
The Systems Application and Products Oil & Gas Secondary Distribution (SAP OGSD) application enables companies to integrate their business from sales, customer service and supply chain all the way to finance and reporting. 'All major oil and gas companies use SAP at corporate level. It is critical for companies. Software that is approved is crucial,' Hewson adds.
The Implico OpenTAS application provides centralised data management, warehousing, fleet management, dispatch and multiple terminal allocation control at the corporate level.
The Varec FuelsManager application provides load rack automation, tank gauging, inventory management and SCADA solutions at the terminal and refinery levels. Varec also supplies a complete range of tank gauges and interface devices. The combined offering is expected to be the most complete solution available on the market.
The Varec and Implico alliance has been in talks for six months. They have been working closely, with additional involvement from SAP, to quickly complete the solution mapping and marketing plan for the new product offering. The projected release date is expected to be announced around Q4 2007.
'At the moment, terminals have three different levels of software and suppliers,' says Hewson. 'Varec and Implico will wrap this into one, offering a single integrated solution, which is a big benefit for our customers. In the future we will be looking at a fully automated terminal solution.'