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Findings of the computing survey conducted by Accenture and Microsoft show the need for upstream gas and oil companies to step up their IT solutions.
For almost a decade, Accenture and Microsoft have teamed to deliver business and technology solutions on the Microsoft platform, quickly and at scale.
The alliance is one of the largest and most significant relationships of its kind for both companies. Together, Accenture and Microsoft founded Avanade, a global IT consultancy dedicated to using the Microsoft platform.
The survey polled 172 upstream oil and gas professionals within national, international and independent oil companies and service and supply companies worldwide.
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The survey results show that for 44 percent of respondents, the upstream data explosion continues to have a negative effect on their ability to get their work done. Sixty-four percent of upstream players said a simpler and more unified computing environment to handling information overload would be very valuable to their job performance.
More than one-third of respondents see an industry-wide collaboration of oilfield products and services providers; IT providers; industry IT standards organizations, and upstream operating companies as most capable of bringing about the needed improvements.
Most-often cited benefits include easier access to information, more accurate information, and enhanced collaboration. The following challenges were frequently cited:
Data appearing in unstructured forms not easily captured or archived (44 percent).
Data stuck in individual repositories and not easily shared across disciplines (43 percent).
Too much redundant and/or unnecessary data available (35 percent).
In particular, respondents stated that more extensive upstream IT standards (57 percent), a service-oriented architecture approach (57 percent), cloud computing (30 percent) and social media (30 percent) hold the most value for providing enhanced computing. Yet, company adoption of these technologies lags behind worker interest. Less than one-quarter of professionals polled said their company has fully implemented these tools.
For more insights view the survey presentation.
September 17, 2010
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