Fun fact: The first recorded use of petroleum occurred nearly 6,000 years ago when asphalt was used as a mortar and waterproofing.
Oil and gas can be a tricky industry, with prices fluctuating in response to political and economic factors well outside the industry itself. For this reason, industry leaders have always sought out the latest advances in techniques and systems to help them control costs and streamline production so they can get ahead in their markets. The oil and gas sector is often quick to adopt promising new technologies to address gaps in efficiency.
It’s no surprise that the near-constant arrival of new technologies, software, and applications during the last two decades has resulted in regular changes to oil and gas operations. The industry has consistently shown itself to be forward-thinking and adaptable, as each new round of technology has been consistently used to spur industry growth, from smarter analytics and better global communication to ironing out production and supply chain issues.
Since the foundation for I.T. in oil and gas has always been a desire to control costs and efficiency at every stage of production (from discovery to refining to shipping), it makes perfect sense that industry leaders would continually be on the cutting edge of technology, both in how they use data analytics, as well as their adoption of cloud computing. It is also no surprise that oil and gas companies have used digital transformation to reduce waste, enhance communication, and stabilize workflows.
Of course, the companies leading the way in their markets are those with a strong I.T. infrastructure supporting their organization.
This technology foundation can include reliable networks and servers to manage data and business operations, cloud platforms that allow for agile responses to changing market conditions, and solid backup and disaster recovery systems to supply peace of mind.
Since the production of oil and gas includes many moving parts, I.T. security is a big concern. You need to be able to rest assured that the information your customers, partners, and vendors have trusted you with is safe, whether it is simply being stored in records on your servers, or is being shared and transferred between locations where you operate, even across borders.
Matters of security affect not only your networks, servers, and cloud systems, but also data that is handled on the go. An increasing (and growing) proportion of business operations are taking place on mobile devices, and it is imperative that your networks be impenetrable, assuring peace of mind as well as limiting interruptions and slowdowns to your work.
On top of those types of ongoing business operations considerations, you must plan for the future. Leading companies are using I.T. partnerships to plan for, as well as begin to feature, cutting-edge technology that helps them stand out amongst the competition. Incorporating more refined data analytics into operations can increase efficiency at every stage of production; this is just one small example of how new technology is being used to change the industry.
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54% of oil and gas companies believe that leveraging mobile technology for up-to-the-minute collaboration between office and on-site workers will result in much-improved business efficiencies over the next 3 – 5 years.
In a time when technology plays a part in every aspect of the work you do, from communication to operations to charting the past and planning for the future, it is critical to ensure that your I.T. is up to the challenge.
While it seems obvious that an unreliable network can slow down the pace of the office work you are doing, bottlenecked connections and aging servers can also frustrate work at every stage of production and delivery, where up-to-the-minute market, inventory, and order information is vital to maintaining a cost-effective pace. Meanwhile, the sheer amount of data you need to collect and analyze about your processes means that rock solid backup and disaster recovery plans are absolutely vital.
Of course, the speed at which technology changes can cause small and mid-sized oil and gas businesses to struggle in keeping their I.T. infrastructure up to date. It is an ongoing challenge to make the best decision regarding how to budget for investments in your own information technology. It can seem cost prohibitive to keep your infrastructure up to date while also trying to plan for unexpected breakages and irregular market patterns that are dependent on political, economic, and even weather factors that are outside of your control. When you’re simply trying to maintain in the present, it can feel impossible to find a way to plan out the future.
This is where managed I.T. services can be helpful. Since managed services are planned out and billed monthly, rather than as needed, they are entirely predictable. Not only will this level out your monthly expenditure by spreading it throughout the year, it will also give you the chance to plan future spending, making it easier to decide how and when to upgrade equipment and invest in new services to help your organization grow. Full-service I.T. providers can also supply vCIO (Virtual Chief Information Officer) services to help you study, plan, and implement carefully planned technology growth throughout your business.
Managed services also give you access to higher tier talent than you may be able to otherwise get. An I.T. company has the freedom to hire experts with deep knowledge in specific areas rather than focusing on technicians with a wide but perhaps shallow knowledge base. Likewise, your MSP will almost certainly be able to provide you with access to better hardware and enterprise software for a lower price than you could get on your own.
The bottom line is that whether you need the full package of managed services, or are simply looking to augment what your in-house crew is capable of, you need an I.T. provider whose services and support can be customized to meet the specific needs of your business, a provider whose mission is to help you surround yourself with the software, hardware, processes, and solutions that will serve to enhance your efforts and simplify your path to success—and thoughtful human support to go along with all that tech.
For three decades, JMARK has been providing innovative I.T. solutions to oil and gas companies of all sizes. With all that experience comes extensive expertise. Our lineup includes experts not only in every facet of Information Technology, but also in the application of I.T. solutions to the very specific needs of the oil and gas industry. In fact, we have a dedicated team that focuses on our clients in that sector. We understand the challenges that oil and gas businesses face in the modern era and know how to maintain continuity in the midst of the continual changes that occur in technology, regulations, and expectations—and we work diligently to bring that expertise to you.
We’ve made it our paramount priority to help you make the most of technology. To that end, we have assembled a roster of the best, most experienced engineers and technicians in the industry. With our team of specialists managing your technology—and your technology enhancing your operations—you’ll ultimately be able to deploy more resources toward serving your customers and growing your business.
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Most importantly, at JMARK we put people before technology. Everything we do, every service we offer, is a reflection of our People First, Technology Second philosophy. Because while we love technology, we also understand that I.T. is only useful inasmuch as it serves to empower people and enhance the work they do; work that, in turn, should facilitate growth, spur innovation, increase opportunity, and open up new paths to success.
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