2021 Winner Profile

Kentech Group

Damian O'Gara

RANK: #10

COMPANY WHERE WON: Kentech Group

AWARD DETAILS:

Kentech is an oil and energy field services company with a heritage dating back over 100 years. In recent years the company felt it was carrying some technical debt across all aspects of its technology stack: in other words, coding and other work that was done to meet short term goals, but not necessarily optimally efficient.

Two years ago they introduced a digital transformation programme that covers three phases: modernisation, digitisation, and reimagining how technology enables progress in business. Led by Group IT Director Damian O'Gara, they completed the modernisation phase by the end of 2020. Central to modernisation was the guiding principle of cloud first/SaaS first.  This resulted in a large-scale lift of all aspects of the business to the cloud, including ERP and HR functions, and involved data centre decommissioning.

LOCATION: UAE

INDUSTRY: Energy Industry