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Uncovering Enterprise MobilityOpportunitiesFor The Oil & Gas Sector
Oil and Gas,
Well, we cant imagine our lives without these.
As something which fullls about 60% of our energy needs, Oil & Gas act as the key raw materials foreverything starting from fabrics, fertilizers to plastics. The Oil & Gas Industry acts like the pulse of our daily lives. It impacts our lives like no other. For over 100 years, this Industry has evolved and continues to meet our hunger for energy.Companies shell out billions of dollars to keep the production momentum going.
Like any other industry, oil & gas, also witnesses a dynamic business environment thats increasinglycompetitive and fast-changing. Companies are now looking up to new technologies to drive their growth and revenues. MobileMobile technologies seem to be cementing their place in every sector. And, Oil & Gas is noexception. With the rapid proliferation of hand-held devices, executives are now realizing thekind of impact mobility solutions can have on day-to-day business processes. Enterprise applications seem to promise better operational eciency for oil & gas companies. AnOil & Gas Industry Survey conducted in 2013 points out that 55% of CIOs believe that mobiletechnology will immensely improve daily operations. However, only 16% seem to have deployeda mobility strategy.a mobility strategy.
Furthermore, about 74% of CIOs have mobile technology as their top most priority in thecoming years.
Similar to other industries, Oil & Gas too has its own pool of challenges to encounter. WithEnterprise Mobility, these roadblocks can be easily overcome leading to increased revenueopportunities.
This White Paper is aimed towards helping you nd out those hidden opportunities forimplementing enterprise mobility solutions to take your business to the next stage.implementing enterprise mobility solutions to take your business to the next stage.
Lets start unearthing!
The Present Scenario
Challenges An Inside View
Shifting towards Enterprise Mobility
Critical Factors for Success
01. The Present Scenario
Field Workers Technicians Decision-Makers
As 2015 nears, the global oil & gas industry is close to the $3699.4 billion mark, more than 40%
increase since 2010. This sector is gradually gearing towards deploying mobile technologies for
dealing with major challenges posed by onshore and oshore operations.
Currently about one-third of the top 50 oil & gas companies are using mobile apps to enhance daily
operations and business processes. It has been observed that the biggest impact of
enterprise mobility in the Oil & Gas Industry is seen on communications.
AdvancedAdvanced applications pave way for seamless, real-time communication that speed up the
decision making process.
Moreover, such apps also help in accessing information easily & quickly thereby facilitating
collaboration too.By adopting mobile technologies, companies are earning business advantage by
enhancing their work and data capture abilities. The ow of information across the
organization is streamlined leading to improved team-work and communication.
RightRight now the most common areas of enterprise mobility deployment include collaboration tools,
data collection tools, workow management, dashboards with data visualization.
Challenges an Inside View
2. Challenges an Inside View
Oil and gas companies perform some of the most complex operations on this planet.
Besides the physically demanding environment, these organizations also have to deal with an ever
uctuating demand, highly volatile market prices, regulatory & compliance issues, and a workforce
that has varying skill levels.
AchievingAchieving operational excellence by overcoming these challenges is the top-most priority for most
of these companies.Controlling costs, improving workforce productivity, managing assets and risks
have become a matter of survival.
Optimizing the performance of employees,facilities and assets
Improve communication with oileld services to reduceoperational ineciencies.
Retaining highly skilled workers through impartingtraining and introducing new systems.
Getting real-time insights about operations to helpworkers identify problems before they arise. ?
Shifting TowardsEnterprise Mobility
3. Shifting Towards Enterprise Mobility
A lot of companies are gravitating towardsenterprise mobility to turn around their daily operations. CIOs are realizing the tremendous business value in implementing mobilitysolutions.
There are endless benets brought in byenterpriseenterprise mobility ranging from enhanced ow of information, better collaboration amongst workforce to improved customerservice.
The opportunity for deploying enterprisemobility ranges across dierent areas.
Enterprise applications can help your remote workers access data in the oine mode. This is especially in case of areas where there islimited or no connectivity.
Moreover, these apps also transform project management and control by allowing you to access mission-critical data in real-timeanytime, anywhere.anytime, anywhere.
Your on-shore and o-shore operationaleciency improves tremendously as eldworkers can now access data seamlessly while they are out there in the middle.
Plus, your decision making capabilities, too, speed up considerably.
In 2015, $168 billion will be spent on enterprise
mobile app development
$8 billion is likely to bespent on oil & gasmobile apps
Taking well-informed decisions is crucial in oil & gas operations. Mobile apps can provide real-time information on pump rate, mud viscosity, RPM etc. to help eld workers take better decisions leading to better results and outputs.
Managing onshore and oshore assets can be quite a task. Whether it islooking after well maintenance, pipe construction or drill rig, mobility solutionsaccelerate the scheduling, completion and monitoring of work processes. These also help in preventive maintenance & managing data.
A slight delay in managing your gas reservoirs can hit hard. Advancednotications can be sent to gas stations regarding when trucks are going to arrive. Stations will be better prepared for such situations leading to improved eciency. Fuel level data can be sent to the centre to know how much quantity is required. Truck routes can be managed well.
Deploying mobile devices for tasks such as materials procurement, stocktransfer orders, reordering, quality assurance, inspection, and issuing canimprove productivity. Data can be collected, updated and synchronized inreal-time.
Carrying papers and laptops is always not possible because of theenvironmental factors. Mobile apps allow workers to capture data easily rather than worrying about papers. For instance, apps can help show list of wells, routes, plan daily activities etc. They can even see production and downtime inreal-time through graphs and visualize data eectively.
Enterprise applications impact your daily operations and worker productivity by manifolds. Mobile solutions enable technicians to perform their work quickly thereby leading to better customerservice and engagement.
Take a peek at the many benets of enterprise mobility solutions here.
Reduce costs by managing voluminous production without increasing sta/workforce.
Mobility solutions help meet compliance issues by easily monitoring and streamlining activities according to geography, business unit or function.
Enhance work productivity by reducing idle time, paper work,unnecessary traveling and better resource allocation. Paper processing work that usually requires 1-1.5 hours can be completed in 20 minutes.
Streamline your sales force automation activities by linking CRM andinventory applications to mobile devices to improve revenues and reduce inventory losses.
Mobile applications are great tools for viewing your pipeline blueprints, maps, drawings etc. right on your devices anytime, anywhere. Managing content becomes easier and faster.
With enterprise mobility, oil and gas companies can successfully
Reduce unplanneddowntime by
Increase equipmentreliability by
Reduce inventorycarrying costs by
Critical Factorsfor Success
While theres no doubt that enterprise mobility can improve your companys ROI, it must beremembered that there are certain factors you must not overlook for its successfulimplementation.
Right from having a rock-solid strategy in place to clearly dening policies regarding the usage of mobile devices on oce premises, you must be crystal clear about how you want to go about implementing enterprise apps across dierent business areas.
Before choosing the mobile platform for building your apps, the very rst question to ask yourself is why you actually want to have an enterprise mobile app. Sadly; very few companies ask thisquestion leading them to costly blunders. There can be ample reasons for implementing mobility solutions. These range from:
4. Critical Factors for Success
The thumb-rule you need to live by is Always build your application keeping the end-users in mind. Step into their shoes and see how it feels to conduct a particular task with a mobile app. You will realize the aws in your application and what needs to be set right. Understanding how your employees use mobile apps will take you the long way.
User-experience is a critical factor not to be overlooked. Have a razor-sharp focus on theirrequirements. What they actually need to solve their daily job concerns is a crucial success factor.
Enhancing worker productivity and performance
Reduce daily operational costs
Improve customer service
Earn a better return on investment
Be able to do MORE with LESS
These days, we nd Android dominating the smartphone space closely followed by iOS. Windows is next in the race. You must determine very carefully whether apps need to be native or crossplatform. See the Mobile OS usage pattern of your workforce.
Think long-term while building your enterprise app. The application has to be easily scalable with ever-growing needs of your company. The solution has to be scalable enough for the next 3 to 5 years. Think about the maximum number of users your app will have, integration with back-end systems, device diversity etc.
Security is and will always remain the biggest concern when it comes to developing enterprise-level applications. Your organization has to have clear policies regarding Mobile Application Manage-ment. You have to think about
User authentication & authorization
App version management
Reporting & tracking issues
Access to be given to users and groups
Data encryptionData encryption
And many more
Chevrons Upstream WorkowTransformation Mobility Team is using a
mobile application to eliminatepaper-based processes for eld-data athering. This has resulted in increased eciency, speed and reliability. Real-time
dashboards areembedded intodashboards areembedded intowork processes.
Baker Hughes, one of the worlds largest oileld service companies, witnessed 100% visibility in out-bound shipments and those in-transit to receiving locations where initially there was upto 25% time
spent on sourcing inventory.
British Petroleum witnessed a marked improvement in worker productivity and
optimal asset performance byimplementing mobility solutions. Plant turn arounds can be costly because often these run into millions of dollars. BP
reducedreduced it by 10% by ensuring mobile apps helped tracked task activities
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, aHouston-based Company, involved in the business of transportation, storage,
gathering and processing of natural gas and liquids implemented mobility
solutionssolutions and was able to reduce DOT (Department of Transportation)Inspection eortsby 75%.
5. Real-World Examples
Theres a huge impact of mobility on the Oil & Gas Industry. Enterprise applications will the topinvestments done by companies in the next 5 years. With almost 1.19 billion workers already using mobile devices on their oce premises, enterprise apps will only grow in popularity.
By understanding the key factors to success and mapping out clear strategies, companies can embark on the new technological path and achieve a never-imagined before growth.
IdentifyingIdentifying key areas for implementing enterprise mobility, focusing on the requirements, clearly dening business objectives and empowering the workforce to embrace new systems will lead to new avenues of success for oil & gas companies.
Enterprise mobility can turn out to be a game-changer for organizations in the oil & gas sector. It will play a gigantic role in the success for years to come.
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