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Establishing Credibility and Momentum in Business Intelligence Projects: Six Critical Success Factors

A business intelligence (BI) project comprises tangible variables: budget, staff, selected software, hardware, and so forth. While each one has an impact on project success, my experience says success often depends as much on two...
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Five Organizational Capabilities Needed Before Jumping into Big Data Analytics

Big data. Everyone is talking about it, everyone wants it, but what exactly is “it”? Simple answer is, big data is lots and lots of little data collected and stored in all sorts of ways...
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Uptick in SiteView Implementations Points to New Focus on Surface Operations Optimization

The dramatic increase we saw in SiteView implementations last year reflects a critical business need for producers: accurately reporting on costs, emissions, and physical assets for surface operations. While many companies have a tried-and-true method...
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Applying Agile Principles to Documentation

Introduction Agile projects are sometimes perceived as a valid excuse for no documentation. But documentation is a good and valuable deliverable, especially for large-scale development projects. It keeps everyone –stakeholders and the implementation team –...
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A D&C Executive and a Consultant Walk into a Bar and Order a Best Practice . . .

Those with firsthand oil and gas industry experience are familiar with best practice discussions with third-party consultants. So, feel free to add your own punchline. When I worked in various management roles for oil and...
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Houston Post-Harvey: What You Can Do to Help

The images coming out of Houston and surrounding towns since Harvey hit last weekend have been heartbreaking to see. Everyone in the O&G business has friends, colleagues, and family in the area, and our thoughts...
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The Extend v. Rewrite Dilemma: Best Practices in Software Development

Here’s a scenario common to IT professionals. The requirements for the new functionality are finally in and all we need to do now is estimate and plan how we will extend the application to support...
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We Need to Talk About Those Well Files

After years of working with oil and gas companies, you start picking up on behavioral patterns and common themes. A recurring one is “Our well files are a mess.” Granted, well files are messy by nature....
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Procurement Process Optimization 101: A Primer for Oil and Gas Companies

Oil and gas companies are always looking for strategies to improve operational efficiency and reduce expenditures. And this is especially true during a market downturn. The procurement function in oil and gas can play a...
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