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Murphy E&P Gains Competitive Edge by Reducing Global Software Expenses

"Within the first year of implementation and use, customer was able to use the reports to make informed decisions about the company’s software portfolio."

Business Overview

Murphy Exploration & Production (E&P) has five global offices in addition to its retail division, which includes more than 1,300 gas stations. When the company merged two of its large business units, including domestic and international interests, the IT department was tasked with consolidating technology assets and developing strategic goals to streamline business processes and reduce costs.

Read on to see how the company garnered a savings of $1.3 million with an initial investment of only $43K in the first year, by using Open iT LicenseAnalyzer.

Business Challenge

Most IT departments struggle with servicing the needs of the organization while staying within budget. Often IT is viewed as a cost center, rather than a strategic resource. The reorganization, which merged several domestic and international business units, created new challenges for IT including:

  • Company-wide centralization and consolidation of all IT assets
  • Executive-level support for IT strategies by appointing business “champions”
  • Increased communication about how and where resources were being used

To achieve these new initiatives, a director-level position was created to support the Houston-based Upstream Exploration business unit. Jason Daigle was selected to oversee the entire Geoscience exploration application portfolio, which was comprised of more than 250 individual applications and data subscriptions totaling $6 million in annual maintenance and support.

As the newly-appointed director of this initiative, Daigle established a single-point-of-contact (SPOC) process to improve communications between software vendors and Murphy E&P internal contacts. There was still a need for internal stakeholders to understand and manage all software procurement, evaluation, implementation and harvesting of licenses.

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Cost Allocation and IT Chargeback

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Software Usage Monitoring and Optimization

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Rising Use of Subscription and Pay-per-Use Software Licensing Models

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