Most modern enterprises are aiming to go through the “digital transformation shift”. However, the focus tends to be more top down oriented rather than bottom up; business processes and workflows are examined in detail, with the goal of bringing in automation and increase productivity wherever possible. Advanced Business Intelligence tools are acquired and data scientists are hired, everyone wants to gain new insights and “make the data speak for itself”. But in the excitement, there’s a tendency to forget about the nuts and bolts that allows for it all to happen.
First and foremost, access to data is key to all other optimization processes. Not only access to data, but access to structured and normalized data. And the sources of data are everywhere; corporate databases, geoscience applications, network shares, intranet portals, document management systems, cloud-based solutions, external data repositories, public sites. . . Not to even mention other departments or affiliates around the world where the practices are different and you have less control. The list is long, and having to cope with the access to all these sources yourself you’ll have a hard time – if you manage at all. Where did that fancy BI dashboard go?
Now, how do you handle this challenge? The Whereoil Platform, with its integration capabilities, offers a unique single point of access as it integrates and connects to all other data sources, in-house as well as external or in your department on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. All relevant data from every data source is extracted, normalized and indexed, providing you with up-to-date business-critical information in a single user interface.
Consider the following scenario: You’re in the headquarters in Europe, and in less than a second you can find and preview a wellbore document that was created by your colleagues in the US the night before. Just knowing that it existed at all would normally be a challenge in global setups. Whereoil keeps track of everything that happens in all your data sources, providing powerful filtering capabilities on time intervals or geographic areas so that you can get to the information you are interested in.
Structure the data
Apply Whereoil to a filesystem or a network share, and it can be given the task of identifying and structuring the data automatically for you. It classifies and catalogues the data, and will also extract and analyze the content of the files. Based on the content, the files are georeferenced - meaning a file is tied to a given location in the spatial world. From there the metadata is enriched by analyzing other spatial relationships, resulting in a structured dataset that the users can explore and relate to. You can of course display the data in a GIS view, or use our ESRI-plugin to boost up your own ArcGis Portal maps with layers served from Whereoil directly.
And it’s not only a tool for your users or data managers, the Whereoil Platform API leverages programmatic access to the data for machine-to-machine communication, solving one of the core challenges needed for automation of processes. Let your developers make use of the API and spend their time creating value, instead of fighting data access and reinventing the wheel over and over again. For the Diskos (the Norwegian NDR) users out there, Whereoil allows you to synchronize and automatically download the Well data you become entitled to. So why not get rid of that manual and time-consuming workflow for your data managers and make a first step towards a digital life?
Moving on, we all know there’s really no point in using bad quality data. Not knowing the quality can have an equally negative impact, as you cannot be sure that the information can be trusted. So quality awareness is another element that needs to be addressed before we can go further down the road. Whereoil defines QC flags and indicators on your data, allowing you to spot those data issues before you go deeper into processing and heavy interpretation jobs.
More than that, being able to compare data and know which is the best data source to use, brings an advantage that would both save time and improve the results. By applying advanced algorithms Whereoil will rank data from different sources, and based on the score you can go for the data you think are best fit for purpose. Those long term goals of cutting costs and improve efficiencies starts to shape up, right?
Security and data integrity
There’s no way around security and data integrity. A topic usually seen as a roadblock by IT for most initiatives in your enterprise, and which can put dark clouds on the horizon for your goal of digital success. Whereoil unlocks this situation, as it respects the entitlements and authorization methods defined in every single data source. If necessary, it maps proprietary users and role memberships to the corporate Active Directory or LDAP, so that when a user access the Whereoil system, it will only present the data that the user is entitled to.
What about investment costs? Aiming to modernize and digitalize your business processes often involves significant equipment investments, data migration challenges, constraints of legacy platforms and incompatibility issues. Will acquiring Whereoil lead to a full rework of your Corporate IT infrastructure? The benefit of Whereoil is that it does not force you to replace your existing systems, and it does not duplicate the data. Instead Whereoil is seamlessly deployed into your current infrastructure, simply extracting the information that your users need. It leaves the source data as is and does not disturb the ecosystem of your existing software stack.
Whereoil can scale to serve the need of your users, whether you are a small company or a large multi-national enterprise. Different setups are available to meet mission-critical requirements like reliability and high-availability, and I/O performance can be tuned to your target throughput. As an example, Whereoil is currently used as the Diskos front-end, a multiclient portal serving around 50 oil companies with 300 users and API clients, generating a total of more than 800.000 requests daily. All the traffic is handled by Whereoil, preventing these requests from hitting the backend database servers directly, freeing up capacity and ensuring optimal working conditions for the database operators.
Why not use Whereoil as a corporate data storage itself? Get rid of the older monolithic databases, and start storing your data in an open and high-performant data structure, where you have full flexibility of the data models and can structure the data as you like it. Or use the built-in functionality to automatically create data packages for you on different geographic areas of interest, and speed up the process of making data available for your geoscientists. You can even tell Whereoil to automatically load your data in Petrel or Studio. And why not to create your own analytical dashboards inside of Whereoil while you’re at it, and get them sent to you as weekly reports, automating that tedious workflow of collecting numbers and statistics for the management.
Regardless of goals or needs, data access, quality and security has to be addressed before you can go further. And Whereoil is there to help you overcome the challenges that lie within each of these areas. Please contact us today to get more details on how the Whereoil Platform can help you as the foundation for your digital transformation efforts.