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2016 Hot Topics

To better understand today’s oil and gas landscape, Eventful Conferences is continually connecting with key individuals in the space. This year, we completed a research project meeting with oil and gas professionals from 50+ organizations across North America and the globe. With the goal of understanding how their organizations are using SAP technologies and what their impact is on organizational performance, the Hot Topics below reflect the issues that customers were most enthusiastic about.

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  • Organizational Culture & Change Management Amidst Chaos

    The top issue according to most customers interviewed was that their organizations are experiencing serious change. How do they lead and communicate the need for change and what might the impact be on culture? As layoffs occur and talent is let go or reskilled into different roles, organizations are grappling with how to mitigate knowledge loss and become catalysts for positive change. To view the full list of challenges and key community questions we welcome you to download the comprehensive 2016 Hot Topics Research Report.

  • Sweating Your Existing Technology Investments

    Perhaps the most pervasive commentary coming from the 2016 customer feedback think tanks was the need to focus on how to best leverage and extract even greater value from current technology solutions and past investments. Organizations want to better understand what they already own, how to unlock hidden value within their technology and get the most out of what they already have. To view the full list of challenges and key community questions we welcome you to download the comprehensive 2016 Hot Topics Research Report.

  • Operating Cost Reductions & Optimizing Cash Flow

    Finding strategic cost reductions and optimizing cash flows are critical for all segments of the value chain in 2016. Company leaders are being tasked with slashing expenditures using data, smart analysis and technology to assess risks, criticality and ensure immediate returns. Maximizing profitability in times of austerity is not easy. Organizations are demanding solutions that support prosperity in “new normal conditions”. To view the full list of challenges and key community questions we welcome you to download the comprehensive 2016 Hot Topics Research Report.

  • Data Visibility for Agility

    Visibility, accurate reporting and actionable intelligence deliver quick decision-making capabilities and agility. Strong and trustworthy data visibility allows leaders to make real-time decisions, driving efficiency. To view the full list of challenges and key community questions we welcome you to download the comprehensive 2016 Hot Topics Research Report.

  • Well Economics & Drilling Efficiency

    Profitability for producers is dictated by reducing the production cost per barrel. Continuing production does not necessarily correlate with profitability. In 2016, it’s all about going from volume to value. Organizations are seeking solutions and deep analytical insights including spend analytics and production forecasting. There is value in real-time situational awareness at the well head to allow quick pivoting. To view the full list of challenges and key community questions we welcome you to download the comprehensive 2016 Hot Topics Research Report.

  • Master Data Management & Governance

    Cost control, productivity and efficiency improvement are enabled with accurate data and the foundation for finding efficiencies. As organizations continue to find their magnetic north during dynamic conditions, the focus is on how best to aggregate data from across disparate sources to drive a single source of truth that leadership can rely on to make accurate and timely decisions. The culture of the organization matters as data issues are more about people and process and less about technology. To view the full list of challenges and key community questions we welcome you to download the comprehensive 2016 Hot Topics Research Report.

  • The Hydrocarbon Supply Chain

    Organizations are fighting for efficiency and profitability as they face shrinking margins. There is a need to drive strategic and timely decision making in trading, as well as mechanisms for retailers to maximize their customer base and increase spends per customer. Hydrocarbon processing visibility including analytics and reporting at the refinery level are of great interest. Quality management as applied to the product is being driven by the IT/OT convergence at the plant/refinery level. To view the full list of challenges and key community questions we welcome you to download the comprehensive 2016 Hot Topics Research Report.

  • Digitizing for Immediate ROI’s & Austerity

    Companies are demanding immediate ROI’s or they will not make any technology investments. Welcome to the Networked Economy. The future of big business. The industry is finding extreme value in digitizing as a key competitive advantage providing unparalleled agility and transparency. Driven forward by progressions in cloud and in-memory computing as well as being empowered by “Internet of Things” and the IT/OT Convergence, the Networked Economy and the Industry 4.0 landscape are enabling companies to streamline operations, maximize collaboration both inside and outside of the 4 walls & reduce costs across the board. To view the full list of challenges and key community questions we welcome you to download the comprehensive 2016 Hot Topics Research Report.

  • Operational Integrity & Asset Effectiveness

    A paradigm shift is underway. Organizations are moving from a maintenance and reliability works management mindset to a whole-of-life, asset management strategic mindset. Effective assets are competitive advantages. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine communication have evolved into asset intelligence networks and organizations must develop strategies that manage not only asset data but the related, connected business networks that will enhance productivity in the digital age.  To view the full list of challenges and key community questions we welcome you to download the comprehensive 2016 Hot Topics Research Report.

  • Procurement

    Organizations are racing to find solutions to enable transparency across their vendor network and enable tools to ensure they’re procuring products and components that are of high quality at the lowest prices possible. Organizations must track high volume suppliers for spend analytics and manage the vast supplier network. Big wins can be found in smarter procurement. To view the full list of challenges and key community questions we welcome you to download the comprehensive 2016 Hot Topics Research Report.

  • Cyber & Physical Security

    There are two kinds of organizations that exist – those that have been hacked and those that don’t know they have been hacked. The threats are real. The risks, if realized, can sink a business. In 2016, it’s not just about protecting information, data and intellectual property – it’s also about protecting physical assets and infrastructure from real-world and virtual threats. To view the full list of challenges and key community questions we welcome you to download the comprehensive 2016 Hot Topics Research Report.

  • Safe Operations, EH&S & Regulatory Compliance

    Risk mitigation is critical. Organizations are working to assess risk across the organization, maximize the EH&S of their operations and ensure regulatory compliance to reduce any possibility of environmental or workforce catastrophe that would deteriorate shareholder value. Preventing against critical life/safety failures equates to financial savings. To view the full list of challenges and key community questions we welcome you to download the comprehensive 2016 Hot Topics Research Report.

  • Capital Project Efficiency

    Every single capital dollar that is spent must have an ROI. Investments in risk-mitigated, strategic and well-orchestrated capital projects are the linchpins for thriving under dynamic market conditions. The most successful organizations are those that have married the business strategy with a capital projects program that can be impeccably executed. Consequences of poorly planned and executed capital projects can be catastrophic and potentially fatal. To view the full list of challenges and key community questions we welcome you to download the comprehensive 2016 Hot Topics Research Report.

 
 

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