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Driving Value from IT & OT Convergence in Oil and Gas

Just before the summer break, OSIsoft and SAP hosted a Webinar on Friday, July 24 titled „Enabling Data Driven Intelligence in the Hyper-Connected World of the Energy and Natural Resources Industries“.

We wanted to highlight how uniting your IT and OT organizations can help your company realize the full potential of the Internet of Things and how companies are using a data-driven approach to improve business models, support transformation, and thrive in a competitive environment.

Since each industry has a different understanding and definition of terms used in the context of IoT, like IT and OT convergence or integration or hyper-connectivity, we developed a set of common definitions for the webinar and for the future. For us business outcome and value needs to be created as we connect more networked sensors and equipment for new insights. In our opinion it is not about generating more data – because in the oil and gas industry, we already have terabytes of data, but utilize the already existing data to transform the way you make decisions and take actions. As you re-imagine your business, you can continue to act as a master of the digital transformation and shape innovative business processes and models to gain a competitive edge.


One of your industry peers, Sunny Mohar of Suncor Energy as well as Peter Reynolds of ARC, shared that in order to manage the challenges of digital transformation, companies cannot continue by treat information and operational technology as silos, but need to combine the operation and business insights from DCS, PLC and SCADA systems with ERP transaction data, unstructured and structured big data. Because every customer is at a different stage of their IT and OT integration or digital transformation journey and because there are many examples of industry use cases that create value, like well head productivity or pipeline integrity management, we want to engage further with you.


What functions shall be explored and what data is already available across your organization? What would be success criteria for your IoT or IT/OT initiative?

Use case development

Based on the anticipated value of real-time data-driven decisions, of faster more effective data analysis and faster transaction processing, how would the inventory of use cases look like?

What are cost estimates for the implementation from an IT, OTand business perspective?

Business case and execution plan

To finalize the plan with and for your executive leadership preparing an executive presentation with cost-benefit analysis and use case descriptions to articulate the results of our approach will be the final stage.

If you are interested to explore and discuss what uses cases your IT and OT organizations can unite for to realize their full potential, I would invite you to join us at the upcoming Best Practices for Oil & Gas conference in Houston on September 22-25. Together with OSIsoft, we will be presenting industry use cases in one of the microforums of the conference.

There will also be additional topics on the agenda highlighting the full spectrum of digital transformation and you will take something away that will help you Seize the Opportunity of the Upswing.

Please follow us on @SAPIndustries #BPOG and the Best Practices for Oil and Gas LinkedIn group to get more information regarding the conference.

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