SOCAR Turkey Selects IBM Hybrid Cloud Solutions to accelerate Digital Transformation

IBM Cloud Pak for Automation will allow SOCAR Turkey to better manage and automate data-intensive processes with the power of AI in hybrid cloud environments

İSTANBUL, Turkey, March 2, 2021 – SOCAR Turkey today announced it is collaborating with IBM (NYSE: IBM)  to help transform its operations using IBM hybrid cloud technology. Using IBM Cloud Pak for Automation, SOCAR Turkey will work to create a digital business with accelerated and simplified internal processes - ultimately delivering more agility and flexibility for operations across its companies.

One of the leading global oil and natural gas companies, SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic), SOCAR Turkey’s diverse portfolio of operations is spread across 13 companies making it difficult to provide a single, accurate and timely view of documents, workflows and systems required for unified operations. SOCAR Turkey was looking to consolidate its disparate systems on a unified platform with automation capabilities and turned to IBM hybrid cloud technology to address this.

"The collaboration with IBM is a significant action for our digitalization process" comments Hakan Irgıt Chief Digital Transformation Officer, SOCAR Turkey."  The cooperation we established with IBM is an important step for our digital archive management and collecting corporate memory into a single center. One of the most notable challenges we encountered in our work during the pandemics was managing the viewing of important and confidential documents. We have built an agile, flexible and reliable workflow by integrating IBM Cloud Pak for Automation solution into our own system. Thanks to technology, we focus on ensuring that each relevant employee in the subsidiary has seamless access to the hybrid cloud solutions."

Relying on IBM Cloud Pak for Automation and technology expertise from IBM, the company plans to transform and redesign its internal processes such as contract and quality management – improving employee productivity and deliver faster and more efficient services to customers. IBM Cloud Pak for Automation will help SOCAR Turkey provide services from the company’s two data centers located in Istanbul and İzmir.

With the collaboration of SOCAR Turkey, IBM and IBM’s Gold Business Partner AKSIS, the entire enterprise content management and business process management platform were implemented. "By using IBM Cloud Pak for Automation, we can help SOCAR Turkey create a truly digital business with visibility across hybrid cloud environments, this is a great example of how industries are being reinvented by hybrid cloud solutions from IBM, in this case establishing a far more efficient and transparent approach to operations in the oil and gas industry." said Volkan Sözmen, General Manager, IBM Turkey. "

With the help of IBM, the company will design, build and run automation services across several document management and workflow systems scattered across the headquarter and several subsidiaries. SOCAR Turkey encompasses the best-in-breed companies such as Petkim, STAR Rafineri, SOCAR Depolama, SCR, SOCAR Fiber, Bursagaz, Kayserigaz, Enervis, Petkim RES.

IBM Cloud Pak for Automation, which offers an open, modular, integrated platform with embedded AI, will allow SOCAR Turkey to capture structured and unstructured documents; search and access corporate documents across the organisation, manage the lifecycle of the documents; and orchestrate SOCAR Turkey’s internal processes by expanding document management and capturing capabilities.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted critical workflows and processes at the heart of many organizations' core operations. Technologies like AI and automation that could help make workflows more intelligent and responsive are increasing in importance,” said Volkan Sözmen, General Manager, IBM Turkey.  “We are glad to collaborate with SOCAR Turkey to accelerate company’s digital transformation journey and significantly improve the efficiencies via applying automation across different functions and subsidiaries”.