On first look, consumer technologies may appear out of place in an energy environment where there is no direct focus on end customers, the work environment is physically demanding and work is driven by enterprise systems not smart phone apps. It is easy, therefore, to overlook the impact of digital technology in the energy industry. When you take a look at what it means to be digital, however, its potential in the sector is very significant. With operations over flowing with paper records, an excess of administrative monitoring and reporting and delays, duplication and cost, energy faces multiple challenges that digital can address.
This article was first published in December 2013 in Petroleum Review and is reproduced by permission of the Energy Institute, 61 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7AR.
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