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Best Practices for Oil and Gas 2019 Highlights

Almost 700 people from 68 unique companies traveled from across the U.S., Canada and beyond to attend the 9th annual Best Practices for Oil and Gas in The Woodlands, Texas, in September.  Attendees heard keynote addresses from the energy consultant and leading expert in geopolitics; BP board member, Melody Meyer; General Manager of IT Service Deliver at Chevron, Jim Green; and of course SAP’s own Benjamin Beberness and Peter Maier.  Our partners got great exposure and interaction in the exhibition hall, which included the Intelligent Enterprise Theater highlighting short, 15-20 minute SAP led sessions in seven different pod theaters.

By almost any measure, the conference was a tremendous success.  Unlike many other events, content for the Best Practices for Oil and Gas conference was heavily influenced by industry through focus groups led by event organizer Eventful Conferences, and by the Americas SAP User’s Group (ASUG).  In fact, 26 of the 32 track sessions were led by SAP customers.

The following are some highlights from the event:

Now is the time to accelerate

It was clear that the intelligent enterprise has taken hold in oil and gas.  Benjamin Beberness shared that intelligent enterprise project implementations have gone from 8 in 2017, to over 310 so far this year.  The train is definitely leaving the station, and now is the time to get on it.  See Benjamin’s complete keynote slides here


Beyond the barrel

There is a different focus in Europe vs. North America when it comes to finding new revenue streams.  Peter Maier discussed how Europe is focused on extending beyond the barrel by acquiring renewable energy companies, while North America is more focused on making hydrocarbon extraction and processing more efficient.  See Peter’s complete keynote slides here.


Change is pervasive and rapid

Jim Green of Chevron shared that digital has emerged as a key enabler to unlock value.  He also discussed how data is a Chevron asset, and how important it is for organizations to shift to a growth mindset.  You can download Jim’s keynote slides here


Experience Management is a real thing

Quanah Gilmore, CX Program Manager for TechnipFMC, delivered an impassioned presentation on how Experience Management leverages operational information for higher business outcomes.  He discussed how their CX philosophy is, “Enhance the customer performance by providing a first in class customer experience that returns meaningful value to the customer while differentiating ourselves from the competition”.


Market-standard solutions

Frank Westerhof of Shell discussed how they are working with SAP to adopt a market standard platform.  Shell’s goal is to move 85% of their software to market standard solutions in the cloud, allowing them to focus on the 15% that truly differentiates them.  You can download Frank’s slides here.


Intelligent Enterprise Theater

Also in the exhibition hall this year was the Intelligent Enterprise Theater where 15-20 minute SAP-led sessions were delivered by a solution expert in seven different pod theaters.  All sessions were very well attended and feedback from attendees very positive.  Traffic through the partner booths were up significantly this year as well.


SAP Industry Innovation Awards

The SAP Industry Innovation Awards continued to bring out the friendly, competitive nature of our customers.  Congratulations to this year’s winners:

  • Excellence in Operations – Cairn Oil and Gas
  • Purpose Driven – Love’s Travel Stops
  • Pioneer of the Year – Chevron



Nothing speaks more to the growing popularity of the conference than the number of companies wanting to be a sponsor.  The Eventful Group sold out early, and ended up with 35 sponsors of varying levels.

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