ONGC Tripura Power Company Limited (OTPC) is a joint venture between the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited, and the Government of Tripura in Northeast India. OTPC is responsible for the development & operation of a 727MW Gas Turbine, as well as transmitting the generated electricity over 650km. These two projects combined plus an upstream gas supply project represent an investment of about $1.3B into the region.
As a recent joint venture between three different organizations, OTPC was using disparate processes and systems to manage operations, planning, and finance. To enable future growth as well as streamlining processes and aligning them with industry best practices, OTPC selected SAP ERP as the integrated end-to-end solution for its business needs.
The next step in OTPC’s journey was to find a cost-effective but performant and especially reliable platform. In the words of Rajkumar Meena (Senior IT & MIS Manager): “Our customers rely on us literally to keep their lights on.” Over 6 months OTPC ran a detailed study of various different platforms to run their SAP environment: from legacy UNIX systems to Linux on x86-64. The result was that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications would offer about 60% to 70% lower TCO compared to Legacy UNIX systems.
Compared to other Linux distributions OTPC valued that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is tailor-made for all SAP workloads, including integrated support between SAP and SUSE, validated separate update channel, and High Availability Resource Agents for components of the solution stack. According to Sunil Kumar (IT Executive) the strategic relationship between SAP and SUSE was also an influencing factor.