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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Enterprise Apps in the Cloud: A Growing Trend in Oil & Gas

Posted: July 27, 2016
By: Adam Hutchinson, President, Stonebridge Consulting
When it comes to IT, oil and gas companies are as a general rule conservative: cautious when it comes to change, less likely to be an early adopter of the latest new thing. Which is odd for those of us who grew up in the industry – I’m third-generation oil and gas, and have been in and around the industry from a professional perspective since I graduated from OU with a degree in chemical engineering...

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O&G Best Practice: Procurement Process Optimization Depends on a Solid Asset Management System

Posted: February 11, 2016
By: Andy Reinert, Advisory Consultant, Stonebridge Consulting
When the price of oil is high, the goal is to get as many wells drilled, completed and flowing as quickly as possible. In good times, whatever process accomplishes this goal is the process chosen. Cost reduction, savings and proper management of assets and procurement process optimization take a back seat. When times are good, a preventable high-dollar mistake is bad, but it can be overcome by pumping...

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Is Agile Project Management Just a Trend?

Posted: November 17, 2015
By: Tara Woolbright, MBA, PMP, CSM, Engagement Manager, Stonebridge Consulting
Many of us veterans in the project management field have seen, heard, maybe even experimented with radical variations on how things should be done for a successful software development project or COTS implementation project. Some of these new ideas made sense, while others, well, we still aren’t sure what the end result was supposed to achieve. But with agile project management methodologies like...

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