Aaron Kelder is an IT Manager with 16 years’ experience encompassing team management, vendor management, project management, servers, security, storage, network design and implementation. With a proven ability to extract value for companies reducing IT spend and increasing performance, Aaron is highly motivated and results driven. Aarons proven organizational skills and excellent capacity to deliver results finds him occupying the Regional IT Manager position for Ophir Energy.
With production assets in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, and exploration assets in Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia, Aarons role encompasses the full gamut of upstream explorations to downstream production. Aaron shared with us his experiences managing such a diverse responsibility and how PlanNet32’s Advisory Services and Surge Resourcing model contributed to his success.
“Andrew (from PlanNet32) and I worked together at Ophir Energy for over 5 years.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Andrew, and came to know him as a truly valuable asset to any team. He is honest, dependable, and incredibly hard-working. Beyond that, he is an impressive problem solver who is always able to address complex issues with strategy and confidence. Andrew is inspired by challenges, and never intimidated by them.”
Aaron took advantage of PlanNet32’s Surge Resourcing Model to engage our Principal Consultant, Andrew Dennehy, in many key projects.
“Andrew works extremely well in a team, whether he is a member of a team or leading a team Andrew will work to ensure the success of any project. Andrew has a unique skillset which allows him to communicate effectively and explain complex IT concepts to everyone ranging from a non-native English speaking drillers roughneck to the Director of drilling. Andrew uses this skillset to form relationships and develop trust which helps ensure project success. “
Aaron provided some details on the key projects that the PlanNet32 team helped to deliver.
- Developed and executed a target Enterprise Architecture to support the business objectives.
- Implemented a cost saving measure delivering Least Cost Routing and Tail End Hop Off for all international calls in the organization. Savings approx. USD$80k per month for each drilling campaign. Ongoing op-ex reduction of approximately USD17k per month for non-drilling activities.
- Deployed a company-wide video conferencing solution, dramatically reducing travel costs. Estimated savings approximately USD$70k per month in travel spend plus the intangible benefits of greater collaboration and communication.
- Deployed offices onshore and offshore in Ghana, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Thailand, Myanmar and Kuala Lumpur.
- Standardized the remote site build for all Ophir sites, reducing complexity and TCO of the total solution.
- Rebuilt and segregated the production control networks on the Bualuang Platform. This increased organizational security, reduced the site risk profile and resulted in greater stability and reliability of the offshore service.
- Implemented a standard design and project management framework for all drilling and operational site deployments. This reduced the lead time to deployment and allowed for more accurate budgeting and resourcing.
- Integrated the Salamander Energy network in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia post-acquisition
“Many of the projects above would not have been a success without PlanNet32. “