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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.

Are You Ready for Cloud Control?

[show_avatar email=gonzalo.merchan@emc.com align=left avatar_size=30]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. (more…)

Energy & Engineering Day at Momentum Europe 2011

[show_avatar email=gonzalo.merchan@emc.com align=left avatar_size=30]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 (more…)

Minimizing risk with a sound Records Management strategy

[show_avatar email=gonzalo.merchan@emc.com align=left avatar_size=30]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 (more…)