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Stallion Gallops Full-Speed to the Cloud

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By Rudy Lukez, Director, ERP Product Marketing, Oracle

Since its founding nearly two decades ago, Stallion has emerged as a go-to, single-source provider of smart-tech enabled equipment, logistics and services for every phase of oil and gas production in the United States. The company’s success has been spurred by a heady challenge to find disruptive ways that erode the old-school status quo. The maverick company dispensed with dumb iron long ago, and replaced it with integrated solutions borne from next-gen ideation and world-class engineering. 

Today, Stallion’s pioneering, propriety StaRComm®, StaRT™ and HorsePower™ products—along with state-of-the-art network operations and technology centers—leverage green tech, predictive analytics, real-time data and the power of 5G to help operators dramatically reduce their costs and carbon footprint while maximizing uptime in remote and rugged locations across the continent.

Harnessing the cloud

With a mantra that reflects the company’s disdain for business as usual—unbridled performance from the field to the cloud—it’s no surprise that Stallion was keen to apply that same mindset to its internal enterprise resource planning (ERP) and human resources. Faced with a series of antiquated and disparate systems coming off support, Jason Lu, Stallion vice president and chief information officer, spearheaded a digital transformation to dramatically reimagine these two critical areas. 

Of course, for Stallion, it’s all about keeping customer operations on schedule and budget.  With more than 1,400 employees working in every major onshore and offshore play in America, Stallion needed an integrated finance and HR system that would better serve its customers and employees. With guidance from their implementation partner, Perficient, Stallion chose Oracle from an exhaustive list of SaaS providers (including Workday, Microsoft Dynamics 365 and SAP HANA). 

Oracle Cloud-based applications were implemented to handle ERP, as well as enterprise performance management (EPM), and human capital management (HCM)

Fast track to go-live  

Because speed is life in business, Oracle worked diligently to bring Stallion’s new solutions on line in just eight months. Within six months of their go-live date, Stallion was using the Oracle Cloud to generate more than 150 types of reports for a broad range of audiences including investors and board members. Just as importantly, Stallion is now able to generate these reports without any outside support. 

“That level of reporting efficiency and output was impossible for us before adopting Oracle Cloud solutions,” Lu admits. “What's even more compelling, is that our organization finds the software so easy to use.” 

With the power of Oracle Cloud now at their fingertips, Stallion is on track to close their books for the eleventh time. Seamless communication between HCM and ERP systems has also streamlined Stallion’s approval process. Financial approval for purchases is now done in real-time. The unified Oracle solution means Stallion can measure workforce performance, conduct simple HR transactions and execute complex planning operations from a single user interface. 

Managing the chaos of change

Learning an entirely new way of doing things can be daunting for staff members who have been using a legacy system for years. Stallion worked closely with Perficient to put together a support system that eased the transition. Together, the two companies took proactive steps to help Stallion stay ahead of the learning curve. As part of their transition strategy they: 

  • Created informative communications, flyers, and training sessions 
  • Identified individuals with specialized expertise as super users to serve as experts in their particular regions 
  • Set up a hotline to field employee questions during the first three weeks of migration

Close collaboration between Stallion, Perficient, and Oracle saw the internal transformation completed on-time and on-budget.

“Investing in organizational change management is key for anyone taking on a migration project of this scope,” Lu advises. “Prepare your organization for the change, support your people throughout the transition, train them to deal with all the facets of change, and then retrain them to make sure it sticks. The opportunity for change extends beyond simply implementing a cutting-edge solution—it also encompasses the ability to successfully drive important cultural change that benefits everyone in your organization.” 

Watch Stallion CIO Jason Lu offer his insights about the ways Oracle Cloud helped his company achieve its digital transformation. 

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