It’s a Hungry Market

The broader capital markets are healthy, evidenced by intense investor demand. We continue to observe a strong desire to deploy capital and consummate acquisitions, driven by the availability of inexpensive financing options and surplus of capital—market conditions often compared to the last peak M&A cycle in 2007.  A driving force in valuations, which was absent from the last cycle, is a persistent supply shortage of quality opportunities to deploy capital.  Investors have considerable buying power and are responding in kind using acquisitions to accelerate growth.  It’s a hungry market.
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Electronic Invoicing: What’s in it for Suppliers?

Digital transformation. Finance automation. Going digital. Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the way companies communicate and do business. For the most part, it’s the large players, the heavy hitters, those E&P companies that are automating not only their field operations but their office processes to maximize operational efficiencies. Continue reading

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Oil Field Automation and Robotics

In recent IDC surveys, oil and gas IT professionals reported that the top strategies to cope with low oil prices, with regards to IT investments, are to deploy automation more quickly, complemented by advanced business intelligence and analytics for optimization purposes. IDC Energy Insights believes that robotics and related automation are integral components of the digital transformation process and need to be included in operational and IT architecture requirements and plans. Continue reading

Most Recent Discussions

The cleaver, the scalpel, and then, finally, some glue…

Joe Gibney | Capital One Securities A look at operating model adjustments, M&A, and collaboration within the oilfield equipment manufacturing sector through the industry decline of the past year and a half.   The butcher’s bill for the whole of the oilfield services sector has been extensive in the wake of WTI’s mid $20s bottoming […]

Bridging the IIoT gap: How Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) can Work Together

John Fryer | Stratus Technologies As companies across the energy value chain look for ways to become more efficient and agile, the Industrial “Internet of Things” (IIoT) offers attractive opportunities. Harnessing sensor data, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and Big Data analytics enables oil and gas companies to take automation and efficiency to new heights, while creating […]

Artificial Intelligence in Upstream Oil and Gas

Dr. Arunkumar Ranganathan | Infosys Increased use of machine learning technology is driving growth in artificial intelligence (AI) adoption. By 2020, it is estimated the market will be worth over $5 billion. Oil and gas is one of the key industries expected to reap rewards from AI, though adoption is slow compared to other sectors.

Hydraulic Fracturing and the Water Environment

Jeanette Brown | Manhattan College Hydraulic fracturing to obtain oil and natural gas has had a very positive impact on making the United States energy independent.  However, there are water related issues associated with the hydraulic fracturing process such as: water withdrawals; groundwater contamination associated with well drilling and production; wastewater management; truck traffic and […]

Downhole Water Detection and Measurement – Not a One-Size-Fits-All Process

Frances Metcalfe | Cambridge Consultants Water is a significant by-product of the production of oil and gas – in some cases, accounting for up to 95% of produced fluids. The resulting reduction in revenues, coupled with the costs of water treatment and safe disposal, can render a well uneconomic – and even stop production altogether. […]