Shelf Drilling selects LiveRoute for Microsoft Cloud rollout

Smooth data migration to the cloud with minimum disruption to operations was critical

Kakhia: LiveRoute created a template for office and rig services that were then replicated across the company’s entire environment.
Kakhia: LiveRoute created a template for office and rig services that were then replicated across the company’s entire environment.

Shelf Drilling, a major contractor of jack-up rigs based in Dubai, has tapped LiveRoute, a regional cloud solutions provider, to deploy Microsoft Azure and Office 365.

Shelf Drilling acquired its entire fleet of rigs in a single transaction and its establishment necessitated an infrastructure design that was ‘fit-for-purpose’. 

“We signed up LiveRoute as they are a Microsoft Gold Partner delivering Cloud-based solutions in the region, who met our requirements completely. LiveRoute’s team of technology experts spent a considerable amount of time discussing how Cloud-based productivity solutions could overcome our challenges while improving cost efficiencies with a tailored approach,” said Ian M Clydesdale, Director of IT, Shelf Drilling.

Since LiveRoute’s plan was implemented, each Shelf Drilling rig now operates its own local infrastructure to support basic computing services including File and Print, email and office productivity tools (Office 365), ERP (preventative maintenance, inventory and purchasing systems), personnel on-the-job training and competency management, health and safety monitoring and management services and rig operations management systems. Each rig system collates data locally and synchronises this data across dedicated satellite communications links back to the core systems.

For LiveRoute’s experts, ensuring a smooth data migration to the cloud with minimum disruption to Shelf Drilling’s business was paramount.

“We created a template for office and rig services that were then replicated across the company’s entire environment. With this standardised approach, we injected simplicity into a complex network structure with a solution that was designed to be totally integrated, simple to understand and easy to support,” said Roger Kakhia, EVP, of MDS, LiveRoute’s parent company.

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