Clean Energy is making the world a safer, greener place by reimagining the way we fuel our vehicles. The company offers renewable natural gas as a transportation fuel, significantly reducing pollution and greenhouse gas caused by diesel and gasoline. It owns, operates, and maintains 550 stations across the United States and Canada. The company also develops renewable natural gas production facilities.
The company’s pollution-reducing goal hinges on internal efficiency, anchored by a plan for a collaborative, well-integrated infrastructure. The company began its journey with Microsoft Dynamics 365, and as its business grows and changes, it’s adding more apps and related technologies, like Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, Microsoft HoloLens, and Microsoft Azure IoT Central.
Cutting through the smog—and the siloes
Clean Energy is the pioneer and leader in the drive to remake the transportation industry with a cleaner, carbon-negative fuel. Mitchell Pratt, the company’s Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary, relates company efficiencies to sustainability gains. “We’re one of the largest providers of renewable natural gas, and are proud to further our customer’s sustainability efforts by turning organic waste into clean vehicle fuel,” he says. “And we’ve put Microsoft technology right at the core of our operational optimization program as we grow.”
The breadth of its operations created the need for specialized systems for Clean Energy. Challenged to better manage these, the leadership team implemented an on-premises Microsoft Dynamics solution to improve its finance and operations management. Clean Energy evolved into a more complex company and eventually sought a more comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform. The leadership team decided to upgrade to flexible, cloud-based Dynamics 365. “The decision to move to Dynamics 365 was a no-brainer,” says Bart Frabotta, Vice President of Operations and IT at Clean Energy. “Ten years ago, ERP was a strategy. Today, it’s foundational.”
In just six months, the company rolled out Dynamics 365 Finance, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Dynamics 365 Sales, and Dynamics 365 Field Service. “We benefitted immediately,” says JJ Armstrong, Vice President and Corporate Controller at Clean Energy. “We access data seamlessly now, and faster. And with fewer custom interfaces to worry about, we’re much more productive.”