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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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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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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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Meaningless Outcome Defined Planning

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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.[…..]

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Is Your Lexicon Lacking?

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“You know, really I mean that like wow, it’s tougher to say like what you really mean.” Sound familiar? Is this you? Is it me? Have you noticed that speech patterns tend to deteriorate over time? Listen carefully to others. You’ll notice we all have patterns of nonsensical expression. For some it’s LIKE – a[…..]

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Phobias, Fears and Unicorns

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If you want to vilify someone just tack on a phobia label. These days fear of anything makes us the villain, the bad actor, the malevolent one. Leaders, whether elected, chosen or self appointed, demonize fear as a tonic to assuage the masses of every threat. It’s meant to dull us down to a state of[…..]

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Different Is Better

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If you’re looking for better start first with different. In culture of professed accomplishment, we’re bombarded daily with messages of superiority that lack identifying substance. Companies proclaim they are better. They provide superior customer service. Their product is highest quality. Words, hollow words. Regardless of how loudly you shout – shoppers, customers and purchasers won’t[…..]

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Hyping Millennials

I’m about to scream if I read or hear another nonsensical diatribe of meaningless kerfuffle about how Millennials are generationally unique in human history. According to the ‘experts’ and pundits this group of young people see life from an entirely different historical perspective. Let’s see, they are smarter, more computer savvy, more collaborative and intrinsically[…..]

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Someone Is Going to Get Hurt

With all the pressure to cut back, reduce prices, slash costs and do more with less, safety is going to be the first to suffer. Customers have demanded that suppliers cut prices. Suppliers have lost revenue and reduced their staffs to stay in business. My guess is there are safety professionals laid off and additional[…..]

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SCADA, IOT and the Cloud

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SCADA must rely on the Cloud to accomplish the Internet of Things. Legacy SCADA systems are a cornucopia of varied protocols, operating systems, software versions and hardware capabilities. Few communicate seamlessly with each other. A lot of older ones barely talk to themselves. Over the years, they have gotten much better. However, successive modernization of[…..]

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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.[…..]