BP opts for Kalido data software

BP's Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) businesses have begun using Kalido's Dynamic Information Warehouse (DIW) software to collect and...

BP's Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) businesses have begun using Kalido's Dynamic Information Warehouse (DIW) software to collect and analyse data from across the company.

Kalido specialises in consolidating information from different ERP systems using "reference data management". This means that the software can cope with various systems' reference data and interpret it to form one view of the business.

BP is already involved in a project using Kalido software to pull together the information on disparate databases in its Lubricants divisions, and is now beginning a similar project in LPG, said founder and chief strategist Andy Hayler.

"BP has a range of different applications, a mix of SAP, JD Edwards and some more obscure products, with 600 legacy systems. They have to monitor the business using that data and it's all differently structured," Hayler said.

The project covers a broad range of BP departments, including financial information, marketing and sales, supply logistics and human resources, Hayler said.

Kalido also announced the establishment of a Boston headquarters. The US represents about 40% of all software sales.

The company will now have joint headquarters in London and Boston.

Kalido's software was originally developed by the Royal Dutch/Shell Group (Shell) during the 1990s, in an attempt to bring together all its information streams. The company was spun off in 2001.

Gillian Law writes for IDG News Service

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