For as long as I have been in the industry there has been a longstanding approach to data management that typically involves importing and storing data into a proprietary system that has punitive contract termination clauses. These costs make it very difficult to move from one system to the next. In many cases, oil and gas companies felt held to ransom if they wanted their data back, which was often stored in an internal format that only the provider could unravel. But if the oil company wanted the data back or wanted to move to a new system, the costs of doing so and getting the data back in a usable format was often prohibitive.
In my view, if you supply a great product or service, and take care of your customers, then you should never fear customers moving. If customers decide to move, then either you are not doing your job well enough, or someone has out innovated you. By always keeping the clients desires and wants in mind, you should be able to stay on that innovation curve and address your client’s needs.
In that vein, we have created an open standard petroleum data lake (ODPL) where oil and gas data can be archived, and you can attach your interface of choice to it (essentially any ARCGIS based data management system). In this way, if you want to change your interface or access tools, you never need to move your data – just change the application. The data sits in Amazon Web Services cloud storage, using an industry standard PPDM data model, and allows clients to attach their chosen application to it without ever moving the data again.
See our web pages in cloud consulting and OPDL for further details. Keen to hear feedback on the concept of a centralised, standardised, and globally accessible data lake. If you are interested in a white paper on the OPDL, click the link to request some details.