Long a leader in pushing technology boundaries, energy giant Shell wants to embrace and make a company-wide push to use cloud software.
Karel van Zeeland, founding member of Shell’s IT4IT consortium which leads the firm’s work deploying IT for other divisions, said at HP’s Discover conference this week software-as-a-service (SaaS) tools are now going in wherever possible.
“We are moving away from on-premise installations of software and to the SaaS model. We don’t need the kit to make these [software tools] work, we just want the outcomes it generates,” he said in a report published in the online publication V3.
“Shell’s strategy is to move things into the cloud. If some services cannot meet our requirements when it comes to privacy regulations, we will refrain from going to SaaS and still implement an on-premise solution, but we see that as an interim over time as SaaS is the direction we want to go in.”
As well as security issues, van Zeeland said there are other concerns with cloud tools, although not enough to stop cloud uptake at Shell.
“The whole SaaS industry is relatively immature, especially around things like service levels, so being informed at an appropriate point in time about something going not so fantastic is a challenge.”
Embracing the cloud is another example of the major IT shift at Shell, after it revealed earlier this year that it is embarking on a 135,000-strong bring your own device (BYOD) strategy, in order to try and boost staff productivity.