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Oil Search Limited Case Study

Consolidated Oracle infrastructure solution that improved performance & provided a flexible foundation for organisational growth.

Oil Search Limited Case Study

Consolidated Oracle infrastructure solution that improved performance & provided a flexible foundation for organisational growth.

The Challenge

Oil Search Limited faces a substantial transformation over the next year with the landmark PNG Liquefied Natural Gas Project commencing delivery in 2014. It also has a number of growth projects which, if successful, could significantly increase the size and complexity of their business. Oil Search is working to prepare the company for the next stage of its growth and efficient, flexible technology will be crucial for success.

In addition, Oil Search’s ageing server and storage hardware had caused a substantial increase in support and maintenance costs. The existing infrastructure was difficult to integrate with other systems and laborious to administer. Modernisation and consolidation were needed. Due to an impending office move, the timeframe for delivery was relatively short.


Myriad IT worked with Oil Search to understand their specific business needs and goals. These were then translated into a technology architecture and solution that not only met business requirements but could be delivered within the time available.

“From the first meeting we could tell that Myriad IT had the experience & capability we needed to help us make the right decisions for our company. We felt confident every step of the way. It really took pressure off knowing we could trust Myriad IT to deliver.”

Michael Plon, General Manager – ICT, Oil Search

Business Benefits

High availability, disaster recovery and guaranteed performance. The solution was designed to provide Oil Search with a system that is highly available and recoverable in a disaster scenario. Being Oracle-based, it also benefits from Oracle’s performance guarantee.

Cost savings. Updating the system has enabled Oil Search to save 50% on annual maintenance costs. The solution saved on rack space and reduced energy costs. Ongoing database consolidation has realised licence savings for Oil Search.

Pay as you grow architecture. The Oracle Database Appliance solution implemented by Myriad IT positions Oil Search to move quickly and nimbly to accommodate future business requirements as they arise.

The Solution

Myriad IT’s solution was underpinned by Oracle’s engineered systems. It provided a simplified database environment, centralised management of the Oracle technology stack, enhanced JD Edwards utility, improved resilience and disaster recovery.

“Communication with stakeholders was excellent and key to the successful delivery of the project. Myriad IT had everything ready on time, we will work with them again in the future.”

Jonathan Fuller, ICT Business Applications Team Lead, Oil Search

By working with Myriad IT, Oil Search have been able to maximise the use of technology features whilst future-proofing its infrastructure.

Oracle Database Appliance solution improved performance & provided a flexible foundation for organisational growth

The solution developed by Myriad IT addressed the following key business parameters set out by Oil Search:

  • Replacement of ageing AS/400 IBM server hardware with current technology;
  • Increase performance, reliability & serviceability;
  • Consolidation and standardisation of server software platform;
  • Simplified JD Edwards support;
  • Improved utility of JD Edwards;
  • Better management of the technology stack.

With an office move pending, timely delivery of the project was critical.

Fast, easy deployment

Myriad IT’s Oracle engineered system solution provided Oil Search with a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage and networking, delivering high availability services for a wide range of applications including JD Edwards. It included:

  • Oracle Database 11g Release 2;
  • Oracle Weblogic Server;
  • Oracle Virtual Machine;
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux;
  • Oracle Database Appliance;
  • Updated JD Edwards tools (release 9.0.1).

New environment simplified support and reduced IT workload

Oracle Database 11g Release 2

  • The simplified database environment implemented by Myriad IT has provided Oil Search with:
  • Easier maintenance, support & management;
  • Performance improvements;
  • Database consolidation options for other applications in the future.

Total Oracle solution

Oil Search was running a mixture of servers. This required manual administration and repetition of a range of tasks such as configuration, monitoring and patch installation. By consolidating these servers with Oracle Enterprise Linux and virtualising with Oracle Virtual Machine, Myriad IT was able to provide Oil Search with:

  • Simplified server management;
  • Reduced administrative burden on IT;
  • Reduced number of servers;
  • Savings on energy costs;
  • The ability to easily deploy highly available and scaleable applications.

“The consolidated infrastructure has provided us with optimised workflows and performance. We are also saving 50% on annual maintenance costs and have not had any unscheduled downtime since implementation.”

Jonathan Fuller, ICT Business Applications Team Lead, Oil Search

Efficient management tools

Proactive monitoring

The Oracle engineered system provides a number of native management tools for managing the database appliance and Oracle database. This includes Appliance Manager software, Enterprise Manager and the Oracle diagnostics and tuning pack which removes the guess work from performance tuning Oracle Database 11g Release 2.

 Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Oil Search are now working to implement Oracle  Enterprise Manager 12c to further enhance and simplify their Oracle and non-Oracle management capabilities.

Enterprise Manager 12c manages the entire Oracle stack in a single console meaning Oil Search will benefit from simpler, more efficient management of applications from a business perspective and an enhanced end user experience. Enterprise Manager 12c also has the capability to manage non-Oracle middleware and applications.

About Oil Search Limited

Oil Search is an oil and gas exploration and development company that has been operating in Papua New Guinea (PNG) since1929. Over 90% of its assets are located in PNG where it is PNG’s largest producer of oil and gas. It operates all of PNG’s currently producing oil and gas fields and has a 29% interest in ExxonMobil’s PNG Liquefied Natural Gas Project, due to commence deliveries in 2014. Oil Search also has exploration activities in PNG, the Middle East and North Africa.

Listed on the Australian and Port Moresby Stock Exchanges (OSH), Oil Search has a market capitalisation of around US$10b. It has approximately 1,100 full time employees and 1,500 contractors.


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