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Gonzalo Merchan

Gonzalo Merchan

Gonzalo Merchan, IIG Director for the Energy sector, is based in California, United States. Gonzalo brings over 25 years experience in the Software Enterprise solutions arena including 10 years with EMC Documentum, 5 years with BEA, and over 15 years at senior level positions at IBM and Fluor. As part of the IIG Solutions Strategy Group, Gonzalo is responsible for driving the EMC IIG solution strategy in the energy vertical, focusing primarily in bringing industry solutions to market. Gonzalo also covers the EMC Energy Partner ecosystem and the complementary solutions they bring to market, use cases with major energy companies globally, and key initiatives such as Advisory Councils. Gonzalo has two sons and two grand kids living in the Southern California area. Gonzalo enjoys time with family and travel to locations with sun, sand, and especially with good food.

The worldwide demand for energy, increased competition for capital, and an aging infrastructure, are driving companies in the Energy, Utilities and Natural Resources sectors to search for ways to better manage complex construction projects, boost production, and increase the safety and profitability of refineries, mines, power plants and utility networks.

But managing large volumes of engineering-related content throughout the business life cycle – from exploration and production to facility operation and decommissioning – can create unintentional delays in project completion, and increases costs and risks. An often overlooked aspect of improving the management of engineering projects, plants and facilities, is better content management. Companies that truly want to impact the bottom line need to consider how better content management using industry-specific tools and templates can reduce risk, improve productivity, eliminate costs, and facilitate regulatory compliance. Continue reading

Technology and Business Alignment in E&P

Tim Voyt

Tim Voyt

Mr. Timothy Voyt has more than 20 years of experience in providing technology and services to the Energy industry, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Voyt joined EMC in April of 2005 as the Oil and Gas Director and has global responsibility for all aspects of the EMC’s Oil and Gas Vertical Program. Prior to joining EMC, Mr. Voyt served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Tobin International where he had operational accountability for all of Tobin's Data Products, Software Products, Services, and International Operating Divisions. Mr. Voyt also spent more than 9 years with Landmark Graphics building and managing Landmark’s pre- and post sales services businesses within North America, Europe, Africa, and Russia.

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to work with E&P customers and partners in who are working to solve really interesting business challenges. What’s even more interesting to me is that more and more of these business challenges have an information technology component that will positively or negatively impact the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the ultimate solution. The intersection and (more often than not) inter-dependence of technology within business operations provides fertile ground for technology companies such as EMC to engage with our clients in line of business discussions rather than just traditional IT dialogues. As such, our customers and partners are looking to EMC to take an active role in innovative research and development projects that incorporate business workflows, process improvement efforts, application development, underlying infrastructure stacks, and data themes. It is good to see IT professionals having a “seat at the table” and being able to contribute real value when it comes to solving business challenges. The realization that IT can help create a business advantage rather than Continue reading

What Will Utilities Do With Massive Volumes of New Data?

Daniel Pearl
Dan Pearl is a technical subject matter expert within EMC's utility industry business unit. He is responsible for analyzing Utility Companies' business challenges and translating them into proven technology solutions that increase performance, reduce risk and accelerate time to market. Dan has worked extensively with leading Smart Grid and AMI vendors to build relevant EMC solutions around meter data management, cyber/physical security, and grid intelligence. He also has prior experience within EMC building solutions in the Oil & Gas sector.

“The Future belongs to the companies who figure out how to collect and use data successfully.”
~ An O’Reilly Radar Report: What is Data Science?

The analytics market is enormous; it is estimated at around $70 billion today, growing at an astounding 14-20% per year.1  And everyone’s getting in, from the technology heavyweights to the warehousing specialists to the visualization tool vendors to industry-specific companies across all sectors.

The utility industry is no different. Energy Central’s Utility Analytics Institute forecasts that utilities worldwide will spend over $2 billion2 and Pike Research forecasts over $4 billion annually on analytics by 2015, with a 65% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2010.3

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Private Cloud for Upstream Oil and Gas – Realizing the PetroCloud

Larry Kaufman

Larry Kaufman

Larry Kaufman, Chief Industry Architect for EMC’s Global Energy Program, is responsible for developing and delivering complex, integrated solutions based on EMC and partner technologies that solve challenging business problems and workflows within the Oil and Gas Industry. Larry began his career in Oil and Gas as an open-hole wireline engineer. Larry also spent 16 years with Landmark Graphics and Halliburton in various sales, technology development and management roles as Landmark grew from 60 employees to over 2000 before being acquired by Halliburton. Larry has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and has over 24 years of experience developing and deploying information technology solutions serving the upstream oil and gas industry. Outside of work Larry enjoys wood working and spending time at the lake with family and friends.

It’s hard to believe that just 25 years ago seismic interpretation was a manual process.  Rather than workstations, provisioning a geoscientist meant providing a solid drafting table, good light, plenty of colored pencils, and paper weights. The process of developing a prospect could take months or even years.  The advent of computer-based systems was a boon to the industry and has drastically reduced workflow times and the risk of drilling dry holes.  The infrastructure evolved from a large, expensive turnkey system shared by many geoscientists, to large, isolated, individual workstations.  For data backup, disk was expensive and tape ubiquitous.

The client/server model coupled with shared storage decreased costs, reduced the use of tape, and streamlined access to data.  Thin client technology, which puts minimal hardware on the desktop and relies on the computing power of the server, was yet another innovation used to reduce costs.  One could argue that today we have come back to thick clients with “fat” (large memory, multiple CPUs) Windows and Linux based workstation applications.

A new IT revolution is upon us – the shift towards cloud computing. The private cloud, deployed on Continue reading

Energy & Engineering Day at Momentum Europe 2011

Gonzalo Merchan

Gonzalo Merchan

Gonzalo Merchan, IIG Director for the Energy sector, is based in California, United States. Gonzalo brings over 25 years experience in the Software Enterprise solutions arena including 10 years with EMC Documentum, 5 years with BEA, and over 15 years at senior level positions at IBM and Fluor. As part of the IIG Solutions Strategy Group, Gonzalo is responsible for driving the EMC IIG solution strategy in the energy vertical, focusing primarily in bringing industry solutions to market. Gonzalo also covers the EMC Energy Partner ecosystem and the complementary solutions they bring to market, use cases with major energy companies globally, and key initiatives such as Advisory Councils. Gonzalo has two sons and two grand kids living in the Southern California area. Gonzalo enjoys time with family and travel to locations with sun, sand, and especially with good food.

On November 1st, EMC will be hosting an Energy & Engineering Day at Momentum Europe 2011 in Berlin.

For Momentum Energy & Engineering attendees, EMC has scheduled a full day agenda highlighting how EMC and Partners are transforming information management to optimize critical business processes, improve engineering and construction projects and  ensure Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) compliance.

The agenda includes:

  • An Energy & Engineering Annual Roundtable, facilitated by Roberta Bigliani, Research Director IDC Energy Insights for EMEA. This roundtable is intended to provide attendees with an opportunity to share best practices, review current market trends, become part of EMC’s Energy & Engineering community and influence the IIG Solution development roadmap.
  • Customer presentations including how Saudi Aramco is addressing structured and unstructured Information management by implementation of Digital Oil Field solutions and best practices for Exploration & Production. Also, Saipem S.p.A. sharing how they are addressing common business challenges to provide a simple, flexible, yet standardized document archiving and management model for all enterprise business units
  • Demonstrations and presentations from key EMC IIG Energy and engineering Partners that are developing complementary solutions running on the EMC IIG platform

There will also be Continue reading

Spills, Meltdowns and Environmental Remediation: The ROI of Being Prepared when Litigation Strikes

Heidi Maher, Esq.

Heidi Maher, Esq.

Heidi Maher, Esq. Principal, eDiscovery and Compliance Legal Team Heidi Maher is an eDiscovery advisor in EMC’s Compliance & eDiscovery Practice where she leverages her legal experience along with EMC’s unique technology to help organizations address challenges related to ediscovery, compliance, and records management. By serving as a liaison between legal, IT, and other key business units, Ms. Maher helps organizations implement internal procedures and technology solutions that minimize the risk and expense associated with compliance and e-discovery. She has drafted discovery readiness plans for multinationals and advised corporations and law firms on privacy laws and best practices for international data transfers. Ms. Maher has conducted numerous CLE courses, webinars, workshops, industry conference presentations, as well authored articles on e-discovery and compliance in publications such as Digital Discovery & Electronic Evidence. She has been a member of Working Groups 1 and 6 of The Sedona Conference, a well-known e-discovery think tank, and was a project leader for the Electronic Discovery Model (EDRM). Ms. Maher is also a frequent contributor to EMC’s eDiscovery blog at www.kazeon.com/blog. Prior to EMC, Ms. Maher gained extensive litigation and technology experience as a legal consultant with RenewData Corp. where she helped educate lawyers and litigation professionals in corporations and law firms about technology and its role in litigation. Prior to that, she was a felony prosecutor, Assistant State Attorney General, and an attorney in private practice working on complex multi-million-dollar class-action and mass-tort litigation at the largest law firm in Austin, Texas. Ms. Maher received her J.D. from Baylor School of Law and her B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is licensed to practice law in the Eastern and Western District Courts of Texas as well the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Recent Articles and Blogs: Categorizing eDiscovery: A Practical Framework for Managing Your Information Legal Hold Guidelines for every Legal Department RULE 502: Friend or Foe? Money, Greed, Bribery & Corruption: the Cost of International Business??? eDiscovery StraightTalk “Is Forensic Collection Mandatory for All Civil Litigation?” – Issue 7 Internal Investigations drive eDiscovery Activity eDiscovery StraightTalk with Heidi Maher, Esq. – Issue 2 The X-Files: Issues Surrounding Exotic Forms of Electronically Stored Information. - Digital Discovery & e-Evidence, Bureau of National Affairs (co-author) E‐Discovery From Across the Pond: Data Transfers from the European Union to the U.S. ‐ Digital Discovery & e-Evidence, Bureau of National Affairs (co-author)

IQPC’s well organized and well attended eDiscovery for Oil and Gas Seminar is September 26-27 in Houston.  Thought leaders from, among others, Hess, Anadarko, BP, TransCanada and Valero, will be on hand to speak to the unique and not so unique eDiscovery challenges facing the Oil and Gas sector.  Recent record profits and catastrophic events have put the industry in the spotlight not just for lawsuits but also government investigations and regulatory oversight.

Organizations already have difficulties responding in a timely and cost efficient manner to eDiscovery requests.  The industry being inherently global in nature has the added challenge of determining how best to bring information back from certain countries. Many foreign countries, especially those in the European Union have blocking statutes and other privacy laws that prohibit the transfer of data to the United States. The topic I am speaking about is Continue reading

Minimizing risk with a sound Records Management strategy

Gonzalo Merchan

Gonzalo Merchan

Gonzalo Merchan, IIG Director for the Energy sector, is based in California, United States. Gonzalo brings over 25 years experience in the Software Enterprise solutions arena including 10 years with EMC Documentum, 5 years with BEA, and over 15 years at senior level positions at IBM and Fluor. As part of the IIG Solutions Strategy Group, Gonzalo is responsible for driving the EMC IIG solution strategy in the energy vertical, focusing primarily in bringing industry solutions to market. Gonzalo also covers the EMC Energy Partner ecosystem and the complementary solutions they bring to market, use cases with major energy companies globally, and key initiatives such as Advisory Councils. Gonzalo has two sons and two grand kids living in the Southern California area. Gonzalo enjoys time with family and travel to locations with sun, sand, and especially with good food.

When I was first asked to write for EMC Energy, it didn’t take me too long to figure out what I wanted to author. Of all the topics related to enterprise content management (ECM), the first thing that came to mind was what seems to be a hot topic these days in the energy sector: records management.

Due in part to recent catastrophic events, the Energy sector, Oil & Gas and Utilities, is facing unprecedented scrutiny and a major increases in the scope and number of regulations in the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) areas.  These new regulations will affect how companies manage the content across their entire value chain. An additional complexity that Energy companies must deal with is Continue reading

Does Technology Help You Keep Up With Your Workload?

Peter Hodge

Peter Hodge

As Oil & Gas Solutions Lead within EMC’s Engineering Solutions Group, Peter is responsible for the development of solutions that utilize EMC and our partners’ technologies to address the needs of the oil and gas market. Peter has been with EMC for 14 years in a variety of capacities, including Oil & Gas Industry Marketing. Peter had dreamed of making a career in seismology and earthquake prediction after earning a bachelors degree in geophysics, but was lured away by the Oil & Gas industry and spent several years at Mobil Oil as a geophysicist, Green Mountain Geophysics leading marketing and sales, then Digital Equipment Corporation in various marketing and partner management roles focused on oil and gas before finally landing at EMC. Peter is fascinated by the Oil & Gas industry and finds the technological advances he has witnessed over his career to be quite remarkable. Next to his family, Peter's passion is the outdoors, in all seasons, with emphasis on mountain climbing.

My cohorts and I are off to SEG next week to meet with customers, partners, friends and colleagues.  We will hear and tell lots of stories during our visits.  Whether at the conference, the exhibit floor, over lunch or drinks, when conversation turns to reminiscing about how it used to be for geoscientists, we will reflect on the amazing and exciting changes we have witnessed in our careers.  For the most part, life for a geoscientist is better. I remember my early days as a geophysicist and the time-consuming chores of working with paper sections, measuring travel times with a ruler, transferring times to paper and drawing a contour map.  Preparing for a prospect review meant the office was a busy place nights and weekends.

The explosion of computer technology has streamlined the process tremendously and allowed for orders of magnitude more data to be interpreted and analyzed in far less time.  Yet, despite the exhilarating changes technology has provided, Continue reading

EMC Isilon PetroVault: Your Next Big Data Reservoir

Larry Kaufman

Larry Kaufman

Larry Kaufman, Chief Industry Architect for EMC’s Global Energy Program, is responsible for developing and delivering complex, integrated solutions based on EMC and partner technologies that solve challenging business problems and workflows within the Oil and Gas Industry. Larry began his career in Oil and Gas as an open-hole wireline engineer. Larry also spent 16 years with Landmark Graphics and Halliburton in various sales, technology development and management roles as Landmark grew from 60 employees to over 2000 before being acquired by Halliburton. Larry has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and has over 24 years of experience developing and deploying information technology solutions serving the upstream oil and gas industry. Outside of work Larry enjoys wood working and spending time at the lake with family and friends.

“I don’t care if the storage is full. I need my interpretation projects to stay online…..forever.”

I am sure that IT managers and data administrators managing upstream oil and gas interpretation environments hear this all the time from Geoscientists. The folklore that drives this attitude from the geoscientists says that many have had bad experiences with getting data back once it has been moved off primary storage to tape. Either it takes too long to get the data restored from tape, if the tape can be found, or the full “project” structure of the data might have been compromised in the standard file system type backup to tape and intellectual property has been lost.

From the IT management side the typical conundrum is, “My storage is full, again. My budget has been cut. Do I really need to buy more? If so, how much?”

The reality of the situation is that Continue reading

Welcome to EMC Energy!

Tim Voyt

Tim Voyt

Mr. Timothy Voyt has more than 20 years of experience in providing technology and services to the Energy industry, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Voyt joined EMC in April of 2005 as the Oil and Gas Director and has global responsibility for all aspects of the EMC’s Oil and Gas Vertical Program. Prior to joining EMC, Mr. Voyt served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Tobin International where he had operational accountability for all of Tobin's Data Products, Software Products, Services, and International Operating Divisions. Mr. Voyt also spent more than 9 years with Landmark Graphics building and managing Landmark’s pre- and post sales services businesses within North America, Europe, Africa, and Russia.

Welcome to the EMC Energy Blog.

Energy, when has it not been a hot topic? From the early days of computer aided exploration systems to recent advances in seismic acquisition and smart grid technologies, the world of energy continues on what seems like a never-ending boom.

I have been fortunate to be immersed in these technologies affecting the highly-competitive energy industry and would like to offer you a look into this world.

Contributing to this blog will be the many subject matter experts who reside within EMC as well as their peers, colleagues, and thought leaders from around the Energy industry. So, without further adieu, let me begin by Continue reading