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Catching a Breath, and Prepping for Energy’s Future

Martin Richards

EMC Corporation’s Enterprise Content Division Senior Director of Energy Industry Solutions. Follow @MartinR_Eng

I was driving into the office and swerving to avoid potholes and large cracks on a popular highway here in California. “Why can’t they fix this road,” I thought, and this in fact led me to think about our own customers’ dilemma.

RoadFor as long as I can remember, oil companies and energy providers have been absorbed with large capital projects as they keep the world’s lights on and industries humming. How could they possibly stop to fix and improve archaic systems while running hydroelectric plants and LNG facilities? Just as our road transportation authorities can’t shut down a major thoroughfare during commuter hours to fix it, our customers can’t fully stop to build new plants while keeping existing ones running.

That said, with oil prices still low relative to historical highs, the pace of capital projects in the energy industry has slowed down enough for companies to take stock of their situation and make strategic moves. We discussed the possibility for these changes to happen when oil was less than $50 a barrel last July, and now the waters have parted, presenting an opportunity to act.

What we don’t know is how long the situation will last, and how quickly the window to do something impactful will remain open. If oil prices stay low another year, it will be a cumulative two years of this capital-light climate. That’s far too long for any (more…)

When Lightning Strikes Your Enterprise

Bryan Reynolds

Over 20 years of experience as a senior executive and managing consultant with core competencies focused on business process engineering, imaging, document management, eDiscovery, records management and enterprise content management.

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Lightning strikes nearly 300 days a year, or 80% of the time, in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela, which NASA has declared the lightning capital of the world (Source: NY Times). In today’s enterprise, what sparks that same level of energy? Your Content.

Whether structured or unstructured content, chances are your enterprise workers depend on interacting with your content, together with colleagues and business partners.

Lightning BoltCollaboration lights up your workflows when it comes to jointly-developed documents like FDA new drug applications, nuclear power plant drawings, or regulatory compliance documentation.

Customers I spoke with recently at EMC Momentum discussed three different types of content collaboration needs, many of which tie back to mobile solutions (full disclosure, I run our Enterprise Content Division Mobile Practice). Here is how I would characterize these varied dimensions of content collaboration:

1 – Bringing Offline Field Data into Your Enterprise

If there’s ever a place that needs collaboration, it’s at that intersection between content you capture offline, and all that’s living within your systems. Customers need to head out to oil pipelines, patient clinics, and crime scenes. Today, much of that field work is still (more…)

Making Deployment Decisions in the Energy Industry

Sean Baird

Sean leads Energy and Engineering Industry solution marketing and market development for EMC’s Enterprise Content Division. Follow @sean_baird at EMC

Over the past few years, CIOs and many analysts have been predicting and observing a major trend in IT: the move to the 3rd Platform. This trend is being driven by innovation from software vendors, as well as underlying changes to the speed and manner that businesses are transforming their IT systems.

One of the factors that is driving IT departments to consider new systems is the speed of change that is occurring at the business level. As market conditions change overnight – such as how low oil prices are impacting the oil & gas industry – or as business priorities change – such as increased investment in renewable power sources – IT must be able to adapt to meet these changing requirements. And the reality is that most legacy applications cannot be changed quickly or inexpensively.

public cloudThese factors have resulted in a torrent of activity from software vendors. Many existing vendors have adjusted their focus to deliver new options for their customers. In addition, new vendors have entered the market, providing cloud versions of critical business systems. Market and business pressures, as well as new options available to CIOs and IT managers, has created both an opportunity and a dilemma: the opportunity to deliver considerable value to the business comes with the dilemma of choosing where to deploy the system.

Let’s take a closer look at the deployment options available in the Energy industry, and (more…)

Continuing the Momentum

Chris McLaughlin

Chief Marketing Officer, Enterprise Content Division. Follow @cc_mclaughlin

Now that the dust has settled after EMC World, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the 1,335 customers and partners who attended our Momentum Conference in Las Vegas. Momentum really is all about you. It’s about sharing information and learning from one another. It’s about open, two-way dialog and working together to achieve meaningful business results. And, of course, we do have a little fun along the way. It is Vegas, after all.

This year, we focused on digital transformation and the very real impact it’s having on so many of our customers. We launched exciting new products, like LEAP and InfoArchive 4.0, while also making great strides forward with our Documentum products to make them easier than ever before to deploy, upgrade and manage. We offered numerous opportunities to learn more about all of our products – in fact, of the total 400 hours of breakout content offered at EMC World, 100 of those hours were dedicated to Momentum. That’s right, literally one out of every four breakout sessions at EMC World focused on ECD products, customers, or partners.

Our attendance was up more than 20% year over year, which is fantastic, and we are so pleased that so many of you were able to join us in Las Vegas, particularly in a year when we will also host Momentum in Europe (more on that later). And, based on the (more…)

Toshiba America Energy Systems: Cloud-Powered Content Management

Robert F. Smith

Presales Systems Engineer, Energy and Engineering Solutions Specialist, Enterprise Content Division at EMC

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When we think of the Toshiba brand, laptops, TV’s and other mass-market consumer electronics come to mind. Yet, this same producer of DVD players and memory sticks also builds and maintains industrial-scale steam turbines and generators used in many thermal, hydroelectric, and nuclear power generating plants worldwide.

Like any complex and expensive mechanical system, steam turbines and generators are designed to last decades but require considerable maintenance to operate for these long lifespans. Of the active hydroelectric plants in the U.S., most of the installed capacity is linked to large projects built between 1930 and 1970. In addition, many undergo significant refurbishment to prolong their operational life. In fact, in the United States alone, the industry has invested at least $6 billion in hydropower plant refurbishments, replacements, and upgrades in the past ten years.

In light of the industry’s preference to invest in extending asset lifecycles instead of building new plants, Toshiba, in 2015, combined their International Power Services Division with Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation, and the steam turbine service group from Westinghouse. The new, US-based organization, Toshiba America Energy Systems (TAES) Corporation, offers a one-stop shop for a broad portfolio of (more…)

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