New SAP OGSD Release: Market Rollout in Progress

08 December 2009

First Installation already Complete and Operational

Yesterday, the new Release 6.1 of SAP Oil & Gas Secondary Distribution (SAP OGSD) entered the Ramp-Up Phase – the process for introducing SAP solutions to the market. In recent weeks, Implico's all-in-one solution tailored to companies in the downstream industry has successfully passed the various quality tests conducted by SAP AG. SAP OGSD 6.1 will now be made available to a select group of customers; a general release for the product is planned for the middle of next year.
The last milestone on the path to market rollout for the new release was the "Production to Ramp-Up" quality audit at the end of November. SAP OGSD 6.1 passed this quality test with no issues outstanding. Rollout started yesterday for those customers who had already applied to participate in the Ramp-Up process. With half of the places in the Ramp-Up quota already taken, yesterday also saw the successful completion of the first customer install of SAP OGSD 6.1.
Other customers wishing to take part in the Ramp-Up process can apply over the Internet, using the web page available at http://service.sap.com/rampup. An SAP S-User account is required to access this page.
The new SAP OGSD Release offers users significant performance benefits: therefore the "Demand Forecast" feature has been overhauled completely for the new release, making it now significantly easier to use. The format of the supplied interfaces is now considerably more flexible, the note feature has been simplified and the user interface design is now more modern and straightforward. The new release also supports Map&Guide's PTV XServer.
The SAP OGSD solution supports the business processes in the mineral oil industry for service station-, wholesale-, and consumer businesses, and integrates the processes from sales, to transport scheduling, through to the automatic feedback of all product movement in accountancy and reporting. The solution is based on “industry best-practice” and is developed by Implico in close collaboration with the industry.