Oil and Gas industry learned that ERP solutions and business intelligence tools are essential part of the business. Leaders in the industry will be soon looking for on-demand information to make operational decisions on production, maintenance, safety and incident management, vendor and resource management, asset management and customer delivery.
Real-time communication is essential for oil and gas company (Mark,2015). Tasks like managing the team or facilitating the communication between employees the organizations cannot depend only on Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems from a single computer thus increasing the necessity of adopting mobile ERP.
Implementing Mobile apps will improve access data more efficiently as well increase the quality of communication. In this environment, the consumerization of IT and the push for mobility have accelerated investments in such capabilities by the super-majors as well as their service providers. Oil and gas companies are looking to more than just the traditional process improvement levers as the portfolio mix shifts to unconventional sources and lifting costs rise. Here, information technology has a crucial role to play. The benefits of mobility solutions extend beyond reduced costs and the enablement of higher production rates
Mobile applications can be grouped into three areas 1) Stand-Alone In-Site/Field applications, which do not require any type of data exchange with the enterprise; 2) Field applications, which require limited data communication with the enterprise, 3) decision support/ enterprise applications which are primarily used for facilitating the executive decision making.
As the mobility solutions and the cloud markets rapidly mature, there are several key drivers emerging for the demand (business) and the supply side (IT)( Michaelr and Srini Raghavan ,2012). The businesses ought to begin working at the first category of applications, encourage ideation of as many mobility applications as possible at the field level, build an investment repertoire quickly, and invite IT into sourcing, development and deployment. Simple applications such as field diagnostics tools, information cataloguing applications for asset management, and limited knowledge management applications can go a long way in improving productivity and lowering wrench time. One of the most attractive features of mobility solutions is their “retail” nature in that they are not prohibitive expensive like the enterprise applications.
For the supply side (IT), a good place to begin is to get a head start on the first few categories namely, secure mobility, re-architecting the enterprise for integration of mobility and preparing for the infrastructure support, and developing a framework for governance. The fourth area of providing the connectors and interfaces will require a high degree of collaboration between business, IT and vendors for the second group of applications. IT is better off by working the interfaces from the enterprise applications end in the third group of applications. A number of enterprise application vendors such as SAP, IBM and Oracle are building mobile interfaces that allow consumer mobile devices to deliver most of the functionalities. Combining mobility, business process management, and workflow simplification, CATAMARAN solutions extend Oracle ERP applications to global Oil and Gas industry edge environments such as offshore rigs, refineries, pipelines. Solutions enable end-to-end real-time information by bridging back-office business applications that rely on operational data from field to real-world processes that collect, filter, analyze, and integrate data to ERP systems.
The ability to extend ERP applications using advanced mobility, business process management and workflow simplification has proven to be highly desirable within the Oil & Gas industry, especially for “Edge” environments such as offshore rigs, refineries and pipelines. Shipcom’s CATAMARAN solutions enable end-to-end real-time information by closing the gap between back-office business applications that rely on operational data from the field, and real-world processes that collect, filter, analyze and integrate data to ERP systems.
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