SaaS System for Offshore Drilling Companies

SaaS success story: SoftElegance develops and launches a reliable, secure software solution for an international offshore drilling company.

Company Profile

WellEz is a Houston-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company specializing in the Oil & Gas industry. The privately-held company, which was founded in 2000, provides industry-specific reporting tools for clients around the world.

Situation

WellEz needed a new software system to capture and consolidate daily well operations data, generate reports, and distribute e-mail. The company also needed a system that could handle large amounts of data due to its rapidly growing business.

The new reporting system had to be available anywhere – on clients’ PCs and mobile devices, online and offline, whether the user was on a drilling rig in the middle of the ocean, or in a corporate conference room. The system also had to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it needed a high level of security and multilevel permissions all over the web-based application.

WellEz chose SoftElegance as a outsourcing software development partner because of SoftElegance’s ability to develop software for complex business applications, including multilevel reporting systems.

The Development Process

WellEz and SoftElegance used Rational Unified Process (RUP) as the approach for the software development process. They also leveraged development methodology such as RUP approach for the small and medium-sized teams. Representatives from WellEz and SoftElegance worked together to create the initial RUP artifacts like SRS (Software Requirements Specification), Vision, and Use Cases, etc. Energy business consulting firm SOA Advisors, LLC, also collaborated on the project.

The first version of WellEz.NET used such technologies as .NET Framework 1.1, WebForms, MS SQL Server 2000, IIS 6, and Windows Server 2003. In 2011 the main application used .NET Framework 3.5, SQL Server 2005, and IIS 7. The FileStorage server uses Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and IIS 7. WellEz and SoftElegance agreed to use only up-to-date and secured technologies, continuously upgrading to the latest versions.

The initial delivery and all other deliveries were on time and within budget.

Benefits and results

WellEz’s new software system has allowed for the cost-effective expansion of its well operations reporting business. Because WellEz’s business depends on the WellEz.NET application, the development and fine-tuning of this mission-critical software system has been crucial to WellEz and its clients.

SoftElegance has perfected an outsourcing software development model that allows small and medium-sized businesses to develop systems that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive.

Future

WellEz continues to invest heavily in SaaS-based technology for its Oil & Gas field operations. The WellEz.NET reporting application has been developed using the latest Microsoft .NET technology platform and can easily integrate with third-party accounting, engineering, and technical applications.

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