Absoft gives Gulf Offshore the advantage

Specialist IT consultancy Absoft Limited has secured a six-figure contract to provide human resources and payroll services across Gulf Offshore’s interests in the UK and Norway.

The contract marks a significant stride towards Absoft’s goal of adding a further £2million to its already healthy 2008/09 order book.

Under the agreement, Absoft will implement its pioneering Advantage HCM (Human Captial Management) for Oil and Gas Solution, which has been designed specifically to meet the needs of mid-market companies operating within the energy sector.

Operations Director, Don Valentine, leader of Absoft’s oil and gas team, said: “We are delighted to be working with Gulf Offshore to ensure they reap the full benefits of our SAP-certified product, which has been introduced to provide a long term solution to the people-related challenges facing many companies operating within the oil and gas sector today.”

Providing a single source of data relating to payroll, training and all associated employee records, Advantage HCM for Oil an Gas integrates seamlessly with other areas of the business, such as finance – increasing efficiency and productivity, lowering costs and improving workforce-related decision making. 

The solution is also scalable, supporting best practice, legal compliance and other reporting requirements in over 45 countries worldwide, which is an essential element in today’s competitive global marketplace. 

Don continues: “One of the key areas where we feel many companies such as Gulf Offshore can benefit from our product is competency management. Typically, organisations use different systems to record training and skills assessment information.  

However Advantage HCM for Oil and Gas provides a single, integrated source of qualitative competency information for all employees. This makes it easier for companies to comply with health and safety regulations, meet the requirements of Service Level Agreements and improve performance and productivity throughout the business.”

Gulf Offshore, which currently uses SAP ERP 6.0, as its Accounting and Procurement IT solution, provides offshore marine services primarily to companies involved in offshore exploration and production of oil and natural gas. Its vessels transport drilling materials and supplies to offshore facilities, move and position drilling rigs, as well as providing subsea support and emergency rescue and recovery services.

Gary Bentinck, Group Human Resources Manager for Gulf Offshore said: “Absoft is using its in-depth knowledge of our industry processes to produce a solution designed to be an excellent fit with our current operational requirements and one which will grow with us to accommodate future business development plans.  We are confident that we can work in partnership with them to deliver a solution that will produce tangible benefits for our business.”

Work on the project is already underway and the UK phase is due to go live in January 2009.