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Business Intelligence

When Should I Perform a Physical Inventory Count (Stocktake)?

One question we are asked repeatedly is when should I perform a physical inventory count also known as a stocktake. There are several circumstances that call for a physical inventory count and it is recommended that each company documents these requirements to ensure they are followed consistently.   1. When […]

Enterprise Asset Management System – You Got This?

   What can strategically integrated Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software do for your company?  Do you have physical assets, capital equipment, maintenance procedures, spare parts inventory, and equipment certifications?  How does your company manage these diverse operational areas?  If your company is like most others, there is no central repository […]

Asset Walkdown – Know Your Assets

   When does an asset walkdown typically take place?  One example is the acquisition of a new rig, equipment storage yard, or an industrial facility such as a refinery.  For the benefit of brevity let’s focus on rigs here.  After the deal closes what’s next from an equipment perspective?  You […]

Data

The Top 10 Challenges When Cleaning and Converting Master Data

Dirty data is a big problem—and too many companies don’t know how to handle it. According to a 2013 Gartner study, 20 percent of the information inside a database is of poor quality, and it’s costing organizations an average of more than $14 million every year.Data cleaning is a challenging issue […]

True Costs of Physical Count Errors in the Energy Industry

The True Costs of Physical Count Errors Inventory counting may not be the most exciting topic, but it is a critical one – especially in the oil and gas industry. Many companies in the space have hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of spare parts in their inventories at a given time. […]

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Augmented Reality: For the Oil and Gas Industry, It’s Not a Mirage

Augmented reality is defined as a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. Augmented reality, or AR, is finding a place in a variety of fields, not the least of which is in the military. Tests conducted for the military have […]

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Waiting, waiting….It’s been a week and still waiting and I am still waiting. The value of Value Stream Mapping

I was recently a part of a Value Stream Mapping project for a company. During my discussions with process owners, one of the main complaints was time. More specifically, time to close out certain business activities. From purchase order creation, approval for expenditures, item master/material number creation through the accounts […]

Mobility

Why Should an Energy Company Consider BPO for Supply Chain Functions?

In today’s environment of low commodity prices and reduced earnings, oil and gas companies need to be more innovative than ever in optimizing the efficiency of their supply chains. Unfortunately, many firms overlook the possibility of outsourcing their supply chain management. Business process outsourcing, or BPO, for supply chain functions, […]

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Oil and Gas ERP’s – Will One Size Fit All? (Oil ERP)

Oil and Gas ERPs – Will One Size Fit All? When the term “ERP” is used, many flavors and functionalities come to mind. Unlike an organization like The American Kennel Club, there are no “breed standards” for an Enterprise Resource Planning system. As a matter of fact, with so much modularity […]

Key Logistics Trends Shaping the Oil and Gas Industry

Key Logistics Trends Shaping the Oil and Gas Industry in 2017 and Beyond After a period of low prices and slowing demand, oil and gas providers are cautious about the future. The worldwide downturn exposed decades-old weaknesses: few cared about logistics improvements as long as there was constant growth. Now, companies must […]