While at the same time, minimizing costs for one of the world’s largest energy companies. BP produces around 3.3 million barrels of oil through its operations in 70 countries.
And when a company this large decided to go all-in on a cloud centric approach a year or so ago, it decided to look towards Amazon Web Services for the tools and services it needed. Both companies had already been working together for a few years by then.
But as Claire Dickson, the CIO of BP Downstream revealed at the recent AWS Summit in London, the decision of going with the cloud giant massively improved the efficiency of its workplace practices.
Starting with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) R4 instances that allowed the firm to run large in-memory applications. This, in turn, took a huge chunk of backend computing needs off of the company’s hands, thereby allowing for greater flexibility and overall efficiency.
“We’ve loved collaborating with Amazon… they’ve gone above and beyond.
The elastic capacity that we get from the cloud is something that has massively allowing us to change and transform how we operate today. I know people talk about a revolution with cloud… but what else in IT is cheaper, faster and better?”
BP Downstream is the branch that focuses on which focuses on the refining and marketing of fuels, lubricants, and petrochemicals, by the way.
She termed adopting AWS as quite revolutionary for BP, formerly known as British Petroleum, and also highlighted how the cloud leader has provided training for their employees in order to get them up to speed with the new systems.
Overall, the results have been remarkable — the company has already seen around 30% to 40% reduction in the total cost of IT hosting, to go with a third reduction in terms of cost base for its five SAP systems, which are actually yet to been full optimized.
No wonder that BP is looking to work even more closely with AWS to expand this relationship.