Digital Disruption in the Oil and Gas Industry

Digital Disruption in the Oil and Gas Industry

By Energy CIO Insights | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The advent of digital transformation has brought a paradigm shift in the oil and gas industry, improving its productivity and boosting organizational decisions and performance significantly. Innovative technological advancements like drones and sensors for monitoring and maintenance are continuously pushing oil and gas operators into new frontiers like remote reservoirs and unconventional resource plays (oil resources). For instance, by utilizing better asset management strategies, like a creating and applying a comprehensive framework or developing a production view, oil and gas companies can become more competitive. Modernization of legacy systems, adoption of cloud and agile methodologies, and optimization of supply chain logistics will help oil and gas organizations to optimize operational costs and transition from capital expenditures (CAPEX) to operating expenses (OPEX). Outsourcing specific technologies and business process functions will reduce both capital and operating costs for companies. Additionally, implementing innovative customer engagement models will also provide more flexibility and personalized experiences, opening up new revenue opportunities for oil and gas operators, and new services for customers.

A major breakthrough in the industry is the deployment of IoT-based smart energy solutions to improve field communication, reduce the cost of maintenance, and provide real-time monitoring solutions, mine automation capabilities, and greater security of assets. Furthermore, technologies like predictive maintenance, pipeline and equipment monitoring, location intelligence, real-time machine and sensor integration, and real-time alerts, will help improve operational efficiency, reliability, safety, reduce maintenance costs, and make more strategic business decisions.

Currently, oil and gas companies are at the edge of reinventing themselves by embracing digital transformation. 

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