(BUSINESS WIRE) Oil and gas companies in North America face an array of major changes driving trends that require more investment in digital technologies and skills, according to a research report published March 6 by Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.
The report, titled “2022 ISG Provider Lens Oil and Gas Industry—Services and Solutions for North America,” finds that volatile prices, an unpredictable economy, the war in Ukraine, and other factors pose problems that are forcing oil and gas companies in the region to become more data-driven and technologically adept. This transition is proving especially hard in North America, where the industry has older infrastructure and an older workforce than in other regions.
“Oil and gas lags behind many other industries in implementation of digital technologies,” said Dale Hearn, ISG partner in Energy and Utilities. “To survive in the coming years, companies need to master the use of data, analytics, and green energy sources—or find partners with that expertise.”
Companies need new technologies to operate more efficiently, deliver better customer experience, manage both old and new assets, and defend their systems against rising cybersecurity threats, ISG says. For many North American oil and gas firms, this means adopting hybrid cloud environments for data collection, storage, and AI-based analysis.
The production, processing, and transportation of oil and gas generate huge amounts of data from assets that in many cases are located in remote areas, such as offshore drilling platforms with more than 100,000 sensors producing gigabytes of data daily, the report says. The industry is investing in centralized asset monitoring systems to optimize asset usage, uptime, and worker safety in the field. This requires careful integration of IT and operational technology (OT) processes. In North America, data collection and analysis are especially important for managing assets reaching the end of life, such as low-flow wells that need to be safely decommissioned.
The industry is taking on these new requirements without enough employees skilled in both traditional systems and digital technologies, the report says. Particularly in North America, it will be a challenge to attract and retain IT staff, making partnerships with service and solution providers increasingly important.
The report also explores several other trends affecting North American oil and gas companies, including an ongoing wave of mergers and acquisitions and the impact of changing regulations in multiple markets.
The “2022 ISG Provider Lens Oil and Gas Industry—Services and Solutions report for North America” evaluates the capabilities of 35 providers across five quadrants: Enterprise Asset Management, Next-Gen IT/OT Services, Capital Projects Management, Data Management and Cloud Computing, and Energy Transition Services.
The report names Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, IBM, Infosys, TCS and Wipro as Leaders in all five quadrants. It names Cognizant, HCLTech, and LTIMindtree as Leaders in three quadrants. PwC is named as a Leader in two quadrants, and Birlasoft, EY, Hitachi Vantara, and Tech Mahindra are named as Leaders in one quadrant each.
In addition, LTTS is named as a Rising Star—a company with a “promising portfolio” and “high future potential” by ISG’s definition—in two quadrants. Birlasoft and DNV are named as Rising Stars in one quadrant each. A customized version of the report is available from Birlasoft