Chevron announced this week that they were committing to a Microsoft Azure platform for the consolidation, processing, and refinement of IoT data and Analytics across and through their organization.
This sounds like most other press releases, but the organizational change impacts that this announcement mentions and implies caught my attention.
About five years ago, I had the opportunity to help drive some change within Chevron as a consultant and I learned a little bit about the organization. I remember being extremely impressed at the way they think about systems and how training for every role – users and administrators and equipment operators, etc. – was ingrained into the company. Chevron also had a mindset at that time to work harder to stay abreast of technology.
In the press release (link below), operational groups such as, “supporting infrastructure …advanced technologies, … optimize exploration, reservoir management, production operations, midstream logistics and marketing operations.” Mentioning these in a press release indicates that they have already gone beyond simply committing to the purchase of a block of Azure compute and storage and are already planning on how value from this technology will be realized.
A large organization like Chevron has some tremendous pipelines to fill to get advanced technology like Azure IoT and Analytics to reach across the organization. Chevron has the infrastructure and the technology and the people processes in place to take advantage of today’s technology. It is encouraging to see the groundwork for successful organizational change is already being built.
Microsoft Transform Blog: Chevron fuels digital transformation with new Microsoft partnership