Oil and gas companies turn to cloud computing


As it turns out, hydraulic jet pumps are not the only ways to improve production at wells.

For a while, it was believed that the oil and gas industry was slow to adopt cloud computing. Now, it seems that companies are finally beginning to realize the benefits of these services. As it turns out, hydraulic jet pumps are not the only tools that can improve production at wells.

Melisa Bockrath, vice president of Americas Product Group, IT at Kelly Services, recently gave a presentation that illustrated the ways in which both public and private clouds can reduce the IT costs of oil and gas companies while also allowing them to operate more efficiently.

"Although cloud computing may not soon replace workstations for seismic processing or reservoir simulation, there is tremendous potential for exploiting low-cost, high-performance computing for evolving the digital oilfield," the presentation read. "It is already becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between desktop applications, web-based applications, and SaaS offerings, and this proliferation of options has helped drive down IT costs for the upstream industry."

Petrochemical companies must contend with complicated projects, an inordinate number of documents and regulations that seems to change every day. With cloud programs that are available as software-as-a-service (SaaS), it becomes much easier for companies to tackle these obstacles in a collaborative manner—and at a lower cost. In fact, Bockrath noted that the falling price of this software has actually made it available to smaller petrochemical companies. Previously, it could only be had by their large competitors.

As the oil and gas boom occurring in North America continues, petrochemical companies will continue to rely on this new software to help them efficiently deploy the latest technology for use at oil and gas wells.