Home  »  Blog

The Stonebridge Blog

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

Posted: August 16, 2018
By: Charity Queret, Senior Consultant, Stonebridge Consulting
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 intangible variables: project credibility and momentum. Why is this? BI projects are dependent on business users. Call them data analysts or information consumers or knowledge...

Read More::

Five Organizational Capabilities Needed Before Jumping into Big Data Analytics

Posted: June 7, 2018
By: Charity Queret, Senior Consultant, Stonebridge Consulting
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 and places. For oil and gas companies, it’s the detailed daily data from SCADA systems as well as systems that support land, drilling, well management, production, reserves, and administration. This data is...

Read More::

Uptick in SiteView Implementations Points to New Focus on Surface Operations Optimization

Posted: February 20, 2018
By: Jo Reavis, Principal Consultant, Stonebridge Consulting
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 of capturing downhole data/costs and reporting them in an efficient manner, the same cannot be said for surface operations, which has long played a distant...

Read More::

Applying Agile Principles to Documentation

Posted: February 13, 2018
By: Debora Ajenblit, Principal Consultant, Stonebridge Consulting
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 – honest, accountable, and on the same page. And that should include Agile projects, as my team recently discovered on a web...

Read More::

A D&C Executive and a Consultant Walk into a Bar and Order a Best Practice . . .

Posted: September 13, 2017
By: Adam Hutchinson, Managing Partner
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 gas companies (resource play development and IT), I met with a lot of consultants who talked about how I needed to adopt best practices. Granted, having worked prior in the oil...

Read More::

Houston Post-Harvey: What You Can Do to Help

Posted: August 30, 2017
By: The Stonebridge Team
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 and prayers are with them as they go through this catastrophic event. For those of us on the outside looking in, the inability to help directly – to get to that person stranded on...

Read More::

The Extend v. Rewrite Dilemma: Best Practices in Software Development

Posted: August 9, 2017
By: Debora Ajenblit, Principal Consultant, Stonebridge Consulting
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 these requirements. What happens when retrofitting an existing application with new features is harder than fitting a square peg through a round hole? Many people in the IT circles are always eager for...

Read More::

We Need to Talk About Those Well Files

Posted: March 7, 2017
By: Debora Ajenblit, Principal Consultant, Stonebridge Consulting
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. Older documents need to be checked out from the file room, and newer information is scattered across multiple shared drives with no apparent order. Business units have different conventions for...

Read More::

Procurement Process Optimization 101: A Primer for Oil and Gas Companies

Posted: October 26, 2016
By: Edwin Acuna, Senior Advisory Consultant, Stonebridge Consulting
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 pivotal role in achieving greater operational and financial efficiency. This blog is the first in a series on procurement optimization for oil and gas companies. While my ultimate goal...

Read More::

Data Warehousing: Still Delivering Operational and Financial Insights to Oil and Gas Companies, Regardless of Size

Posted: September 23, 2016
By: Dana Watson, Advisory Consultant, Stonebridge Consulting
Data warehousing doesn’t get the hype that big data analytics gets in the oil and gas industry these days. But oil and gas companies of all sizes are still using “old school” data warehouses because they are a proven, practical solution for giving users – i.e., information consumers – access to the data they need to make informed business decisions. And for users themselves, that is no small...

Read More::