Nakilat takes aim at the Cloud

Hamad Suwaid, IT manager at Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat), discusses the company’s adoption of SAP Hana and its move to the cloud

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Nakilat takes aim at the Cloud Hamad Rashid Suwaid IT manager at Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat).
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  May 8, 2017

Individual improvements included the introduction of Cloud Dashboards and Reporting via MS PowerBL, which was connected with SAP HANA, as well as an expansion of Nakilat’s application portfolio following the upgrade of ECC to EHP 7 and SAP HANA database migration.

The latter enabled the use of factsheets and analytical apps, which were accessible following the DB migration from Oracle to SAP Hana. Lastly, by connecting with private cloud, Nakilat no longer has a single point a failure, a fact that will undoubtedly be beneficial in the event of a disaster.

While its most recent implementation lies with SAP HANA and SAP private cloud, Nakilat previously deployed SAP SuccessFactors (SAP SF), a cloud-based human capital management software platform.

Successfully integrated back in August 2015, the platform has helped improve the company’s talent retention, employee development, and links directly with talent hunting websites. SAP SuccessFactors has also been rolled out to Nakilat’s joint ventures, NKOM and NSDQ.

According to Suwaid, part of the attraction of SAP SF was due to the platform’s top placement on the Gartner Leader Quadrant. At the time, SAP SF held a “better cumulative score in Completeness of Vision and Ability of Execute.”

“If you go to any organisation active in the GCC today, you will find that human capital management it is there. Everyone has a profile, role, etc. But when you look into the talent regiment, now you will have a different status across different companies in the region,” adds Suwaid.

“So for us, we were the first human capital management implementation of SuccessFactors, with eight modules across all companies based in the State of Qatar. These included recruitment, performance management, on boarding, succession planning, and learning management.”

The IT manager went on to share some details on Nakilat’s plans for the future, beginning with an extension of its cloud strategy.

This will include the integration of business intelligence, vehicle insights, human capital management and Internet-of-Things (IoT) onto the cloud, as well as an all-ship reporting function that is expected to go live later in 2017.

More recently, Nakilat successfully completed an integration with Microsoft Azure cloud, which connected with SAP and the on premise technologies.

“We started talking about the IoT and taking data being reported from all the ships … this mix of technology with cloud and on premise is actually unique in the market. A lot of companies here, especially publicly listed companies and banks, they are still local to the cloud, as an industry,” explains Suwaid.

“In order to innovate and catch up on the new technology, the right approach should be a mixed one with hybrid cloud. And once you go cloud, you definitely do not want to go back.”

Beyond its interest in the cloud, Suwaid shares that Nakilat has already adopted Microsoft Office 365, and has begun to explore the potential of analytics.

Additionally, the company is looking at the potential benefits of identity management software The use of such an application would help the shipping and maritime company to  track their staff, via a sign in on their mobile device, both on land and at sea.

Combined with IoT, Nakilat would be able to utilise predictive maintenance to ensure equipment is kept in shape, tracking the staff to ensure the job gets done on time.

The company is also actively collecting a variety of data types, such as weather analysis. Nakilat it is not only sharing this type of data with the market, but is also working closely with partners to develop novel ways of breaking down such information and putting it to good use.

“As a robust and innovative company, Nakilat always try to be aware of the latest technologies and trends in the market. We continuously map them to our business needs to maximise the benefits of the technologies,” beams Suwaid.

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