Data Lake in addition to the ERP modernisation
Gasum’s system modernisation project was carried out on quite a tight schedule. The preliminary study was started in May 2017. Actual implementation was launched on the basis of the results. Work got under way in earnest in October and the new system was deployed at the beginning of April 2018.
Several factors posed challenges in the project, such as the busy schedules of the financial department at the turn of the year and the transfer of master data to the new system. That said, time could be set aside for testing and personnel training, enabling deployment to proceed smoothly.
Due to the tight schedule, the scope of the first production version was defined clearly. The next development packages are already being produced. They will introduce plenty of new features that weren’t included in the old system.
“There are some small needs for further development and the development package also includes certain features that were included in some form in the earlier ERP system or which have been eagerly awaited,” Norjos says.
In addition to the ERP modernisation, Gasum carried out other projects at the same time. One of these was the development of analytics. The solution was to implement Microsoft Data Lake from the Azure cloud.
“At Gasum, we have several analysts whose tasks include monitoring market prices, price indexes and changes in the weather, and to create forecasts on the basis of this data. The analysts had built their own reporting tools, but as time went on it became clear that they had to spend too much time on maintenance rather than actual analysis work,” says Norjos.
“We now have the Data Lake platform in production use and everything works as it should. The architecture is in line with Microsoft recommendations. In this, too, we have sought to avoid customisation.”