Argentinean Oil Must Embrace New Technologies

Shandd as Cisco Registered Partner find an opportunity to develop this business.
Although often perceived as a sunset industry by outsiders, the truth is the oil & gas industry is very high tech. Over the past 20 years the industry has transformed itself by developing technologies that have unleashed vast new reserves, previously uneconomic to develop.

The Situation Today: Layered Systems, No Integration

During this renaissance in oil and gas industry new companies emerged, creating new and special technologies that would allow development of our previously untapped resources like oil-sands and shale gas. These reserves have been known since the earliest oil and gas development, but conventional extraction technologies could not release the hydrocarbons. As conventional resources began to decline, the industry began to develop technologies to produce this vast, unconventional resource.

To support these technologies Operational Technology (OT) has historically deployed very proprietary solutions meant to solve specific problems but, unfortunately, these systems requires significant support and cost to maintain.

In the mean while, traditional or corporate IT has standardized, commoditized, consolidated and integrated solutions to support all applications on a shared infrastructure. This has resulted in dramatic economies of scale for the corporate side of the business.

Now is the time for IT to bring economies of scale to the field.

New Opportunities To Transform

Beyond the opportunity to drive down operational IT costs and leverage one architecture for many solutions, horizontal architectures are becoming the backbone of the future technical innovation within oil and gas development. Companies are embracing IP-based architectures for their solutions and are embedding Cisco technologies directly into their systems. New trends like the Internet of Everything, M2M and sensor technologies will dramatically change how we manage digital oil fields of the future in Argentina.
These technologies are predominantly IP-based and will require infrastructure not currently mainstream in Argentina oilfields. New digital pipelines will transform how we manage and monitor pipelines while bringing the opportunity to connect remote communities. All within a single, IP-based fibre architecture.

In order for this transformation to become a reality, OT will need to embrace horizontal architectures and IT will need to get in the field to a much greater degree.