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BPCL wins award for IT

R.P.Singh accepting the award on behalf of BPCL

National Petroleum Management Programme (NPMP) awards instituted in an effort to identify, recognise and encourage excellence among enterprises in public sector oil and gas companies were presented by Petroleum & Natural Gas and Panchayati Raj minister Mani Shankar Aiyar recently. The award for the most effective and innovative use of IT for improving overall corporate efficiency was received by R P Singh, ED (IIS), BPCL.

BPCL has become the first oil company globally to upgrade the SAP R/3 system from 4.0b to the enterprise version with zero downtime and without affecting routine business operations. The project was completed by the ERP team within the budgeted time and at a cost of Rs 10 crore. It involved many challenges such as training about 3,000 users spread over 330 sessions at 28 centres across India in a short period of nine weeks.

The organisation has also deployed innovative systems in the areas of financial management, SCM, anti-spam and IM.

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