Capital Project Priorities in Southeast Asia

Martin Richards

Martin Richards

EMC Corporation’s Information Intelligence Group Senior Director of Energy Industry Solutions

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Over the past ten years, we’ve heard about the economic growth of the Asian Tigers, in particular India and China. Seeing them in person can magnify one’s appreciation of the Tigerscale of the growth and dynamism in the region.

Earlier this month I visited three of the less-heralded countries in Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Each is building a thriving economy around the availability of local oil and gas reserves. The purpose of my trip was to meet with energy companies that are undertaking major capital projects to expand their oil and gas exploration, petrochemical refining and power generation capabilities.

Thailand presented a most interesting scenario. A country of 65 million people with a proud history, it boasts the second-best quality of life in Southeast Asia. In recent years, the Thai economy has moved from being supported by tourism to being more driven by Continue reading

Don’t Wait for the Big One: Start Now to Prevent Aging Asset Disasters

Chris Brighouse

Chris Brighouse

Senior Product Manager for the EMC Information Intelligence Group Energy and Engineering Practice.

The front page pictures on this California Guide to Earthquake Safety were the only things that made me sit up and act to fix my older home safety issues. The first picture shows the front-on view of a charming stone and wood house, complete with wrap-around porch and entry pillars.Aging Assets are vulnerable to serious damage and threaten public safety.

The second picture shows parts of the roof collapsing after the initial quake hit. The homeowner is sitting outside, with his precious rescued valuables lined up along on the sidewalk.

By the third picture showing after shock impact, there’s no possible way to rationalize away concerns over safety and remain complacent. Any old home will incur serious damage when “the big one” hits. Time to retrofit and fix.

It’s this kind of jolt we need now to get plant operators far ahead of the curve, before human lives are lost. Unfortunately, it’s human nature to rationalize away why energy assets are safe enough.

As discussed in the Big Think Blog, consider these catastrophic results from energy disasters: Continue reading

It Takes a Village: Extended Collaboration Makes It Happen

Sean Baird

Sean Baird

Sean leads Energy and Engineering Industry solution marketing and market development for EMC’s Information Intelligence Group.

When we talk to customers from the various Energy industries, several things become immediately apparent. There’s a common challenge that we consistently see, regardless of the department or type of company. Whether the challenge is to build a new plant or to operate an aging facility, it takes a number of different companies. Most don’t have the depth of expertise to keep it “in house” like the largest organizations – so you need to work well with your suppliers and partners to get the job done.

Ways to work together, challenges with collaboration

Extended Collaboration is EssentialWhile clear and precise contractual obligations and vigilant project management addresses some of the challenges of working across organizations, an aspect that companies continue to struggle with is collaboration. And collaboration is required throughout the lifecycle, from early requirements definition and contract negotiations to standard operating procedure enhancements necessary to increase productivity or address safety or compliance issues.

When working with others within the company – even in different departments – there are a variety of tools that make collaboration Continue reading

Beyond the Buzz: Customers Talk about the 3rd Platform

Martin Richards

Martin Richards

EMC Corporation’s Information Intelligence Group Senior Director of Energy Industry Solutions

If you pay attention to the pundits, your head may be humming. The move to the 3rd2nd-3rdplatform
Platform – which we discussed in this recent post – is reshaping the IT landscape and the very way we live and work. No matter your viewpoint, change is afoot, ushering in major implications and opportunities.

Specifically in the energy and engineering industries, the transition to the cloud and mobility are hot topics. In recent discussions
with executives, these priorities rise to the top:

  • Every initiative is an important investment, regardless of size. Managing TCO is imperative.
  • Customers require secure ways to share and communicate with more people. Beyond their own company, they must collaborate efficiently with multiple, global suppliers.
  • Mobility and anytime, anywhere access are key.

I also hear a steady shift in Continue reading

An Energizing Week at the Momentum Conference

Sean Baird

Sean Baird

Sean leads Energy and Engineering Industry solution marketing and market development for EMC’s Information Intelligence Group.

The bright lights are always on in Las Vegas, but for four days earlier this month, there was some extra energy inside of the convention center at The Venetian. At Momentum 2014 at EMC World, we had the opportunity to spend a few days with our customers, to hear about their successes, their challenges, and what they need from the EMC Information Intelligence Group (IIG). For those of us in the Energy & Engineering industry team, it was an excellent opportunity to see how far we’ve come over the past several years, as we’ve increased our focus on industry solutions.

Industry Panel

Momentum Energy Industry Expert PanelThe week kicked off on Monday afternoon with an interesting industry panel. Warren Wilson, lead analyst at Ovum, two customers, a partner, and three experts from EMC, lead a very lively conversation. For over an hour, the panel and a full room of conference attendees explored industry challenges around managing information throughout the asset lifecycle.

Another interesting topic of conversation was the challenges around moving from second platform to third platform solutions. While consensus within the room was mixed, there was clearly a trend towards Continue reading