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Forget Minimum Wage – What’s Coming Is a Lot Bigger

Don’t mistake the current surge toward elevating minimum wages as the big issue for business and the greatest impact on the economy. It’s pennies compared to the new rules that legally exempt employees from wage and hour rules. Most salaried employees are improperly classified. Seriously, check the rules, if you’re salaried. Do you really qualify?[…..]

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Isn’t It About Time?

There are two waves of technological change crashing down upon us all – the Cloud and the Internet of Things [IOT]. They have been more like a rising tide – existent for a while and gaining height every year. As a rising tide it was easy to dismiss them as risky and uncertain – things[…..]

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The Dirty Secret Behind Efficiency

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That’s apple pie. This labels a word or expression that everyone will erroneously accept as common and at the very core of our professional existence. Everyone will agree that efficiency is good. Who won’t accept a slice of apple pie? Efficiency is overused, uncommonly understood and practically meaningless in most engineering and corporate discourse. Every[…..]

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The Internet of Things is a Long Way Off

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We’re a long way away from achieving the goals, dreams and fantasies of the Internet of Things in the production oil patch. It’s not because of the lack of imagination or technology. The sensors and their collection/aggregation systems are not capable of providing the wealth of data needed for IoT to deliver. Upstream and downstream[…..]

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Wow, It Comes In Colors?

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Too many buyers either don’t know, or ignore, the dynamic phases of project development. They think it happens during the development of a product specification. The users, engineers and insider experts get together and create a detailed description of what they want. Surely there’s some debate, and perhaps argument, over this list of wants and desires.[…..]

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Rig Count Is No Bellwether

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Rig count is no longer the bellwether predictor it used to be. Seems these days the quick one-line assessment of anything complicated has infected analysis of the oil and gas industry. That comes to us in the form of the weekly rig count. One and two rig differences from week to week are immediately heralded[…..]

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Cyber and Safety as Culture

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Cyber security in the Oil and Gas industry has to look a lot like safety. O&G companies have a much better grip on safety than on Cyber. That’s because most companies don’t treat Cyber like they do safety. Cyber has to be addressed top down and bottom both. The CEO has to be the driver;[…..]

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It’s not about the ROI. It’s about the WOW.

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Customers are always in search of a better solution, method, process or price. Most always they feel they know what’s available be it technology, technique or testimony. So to find better they need to find something different – what they did not know about before. When we look for stuff to buy we search for[…..]

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It Should Never Get Easy

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How to handle a poor performer who has to go . . . Insure that any employee who fails to meet expectations is advised at the earliest opportunity what they failed or how they fell short Share your observation of shortcoming or failure with HR and if appropriate another manager Record your observations about performance[…..]

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It’s Transformational – Do It Now

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Drone technology has come alive nearly overnight. If you want a paradigm shifting view of how fast, controllable and video capable these new tools can be, watch this: http://tinyurl.com/z7tbob9 It’s a quick leap to realize that when applied to commercial use for inspection, observation and close up analysis – these tools will be transformational. How[…..]

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16 Aug 2017
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ABB e GlobaLogix associam-se para oferecerem SCADAvantage na cloud para empresas de gás e petróleo

O grupo ABB, líder mundial de tecnologias de energia e automação, anunciou hoje uma parceria com a empresa GlobaLogix para o fornecimento de uma nova solução SCADA disponibilizada como Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) e baseada no produto SCADAvantage da ABB. A parceria tem como objectivo oferecer um serviço SCADA robusto e aberto que permita reduzir não só[…..]

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08 Aug 2017
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Cyber Protection in the Oil & Gas Industry

Cyber protection in midstream oil & gas, SCADA seems like too esoteric to engage interest of industry outsiders. However, if the spill, explosion or gaseous release are big enough – that focus will change. SCADA is the system of sensors that measure and control the flows of natural gas and crude oil produced in thousands of[…..]

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20 Jul 2017
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Perfecting the Interview – A Waste of Time

On the one hand we all agree that the one ingredient for a successful candidate is fit. Does this person fit inside our culture? Can they do business our way? Can they represent us? Can they get along with all our folks? So what do we do? We scan resumes in a flimsy attempt to[…..]

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06 Jul 2017
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Get Along? Or, Get It Done?

Without exception, projects in any company will touch multiple stakeholders, departments and individuals. The changes required will invariably touch operations, engineering and procurement, just to name the basics. Projects make and break budgets. They also make and break careers. Getting a project done requires leadership that does not care about social standing within the organization.[…..]

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15 Jun 2017
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Meaningless Outcome Defined Planning

Can we quit the obnoxious and meaningless characterization of desired results masquerading as an action plan? Think about how often a leader, when asked for plan details, replies with some description of a favorable outcome without ever describing how that might come about. If you can’t remember one, just google about any political press conference.[…..]