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CSC - getting it on a dashboard

Friday, December 9, 2011

IT consulting company CSC wants to help decision makers at oil and gas companies get all the information they need to work with readily available.

The idea is that people making decisions at different levels of the company should have performance data immediately available to them, so they can test what the likely results will be based on different scenarios or choices.

The company has a tool called Petroleum Enterprise Intelligence, to get the right types of information to the right people.

CSC defines several different elements of enterprise intelligence: 'business intelligence' (about profit and cost); 'process intelligence' (to work out best practise processes); 'location intelligence' (knowing where things are to make decisions); and 'people intelligence' (understanding organisational capabilities). CSC has used the location intelligence project with military to track what they are moving around and monitor traffic.

CSC has 95,000 employees and provides consulting, systems integration and outsourcing. It has a global alliance partnership with Oracle and works with most of the oil majors and oil service companies to help companies do more with their data.

The data challenges are getting harder and harder. We have 44 times as much data in 2012 as we had in 2009,' says Rus Records CTO, Chemical, Energy, and Natural Resources global practice at CSC, speaking at the Oracle Oil and Gas day in San Francisco in October 2011.

Companies are managing larger projects with fewer engineers - one engineer can have 10 fields and 1000 wells to manage. 'One way to deal with it is make information more available to people,' he says.

Mr Records suggests an 'intelligent services architecture', which has a top layer with handheld terminals, web browsers, ipads, video displays and collaboration rooms.

Under that: a layer with business intelligence and analytics, including location and movement tracking.

Under that: there can be a layer for complex event processing and workflow management, where the computer systems try to work out if there is something going on which people should be alerted to.

Underneath this is all the data systems, which can be stored in different places. 'We use the term 'data federation' - we'll pull out data from wherever we need it (we may need o cache it for performance reasons,' he said.

So the system can take data out of all the different financial systems, supply chain systems.

A system like this can enable technical people to see business and maintenance information which they can use when they make decisions - such as how well the supplier has performed in the past.

You can use the data to answer questions like, how does the production volume change if the frac spacing is changed?

You can see the information on a laptop, iPad or iPhone. 'There's no additional configuration to make your solution mobile,' he said.

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