Energy Evolution: Trends and Challenges in Field Operations

  • July 26, 2023
  • The Youreka Team

As the energy industry undergoes rapid transformation, energy organizations face new trends and challenges that demand enhanced operational efficiency and digital empowerment. Recently, Salesforce’s Industry GTM Director for Energy, Jason Olbekson, shared key insights he’s gained from discussions with over 800 Salesforce energy customers. We’ll explore the prominent trends and challenges in maintenance and field operations. Understanding these trends will enable energy leaders to stay ahead of the curve and make informed decisions to drive success in the evolving energy landscape.

Driving Operational Excellence in the Energy Industry

Operational efficiency takes center stage as the primary goal for energy organizations, particularly in maintenance and field operations. Traditionally, maintenance campaigns have been poorly planned and executed, leading to increased costs and inefficiencies. The industry is shifting its focus towards performing maintenance activities in tandem with campaigns, sharing resources across assets, and adopting offshore heavy manning models. By optimizing schedules and using standardized procedures, companies can fix equipment in a given area at the most opportune time, reducing downtime and improving resource utilization.

The Power of Standardization: Enabling Resource Flexibility

Standardization is gaining traction as a crucial aspect of maintenance and field operations. Embracing standardized procedures allows oil and gas companies to share resources across multiple assets, enabling skilled workers to apply their expertise to various projects. With a complex supplier ecosystem, strong vendor relationships become increasingly important, facilitating operational intelligence and resource flexibility for high-performance organizations.

From Time-Based to Data-Driven: Enhancing Operational Intelligence 

The industry is transitioning from time-based maintenance to data-driven approaches. Applying advanced analytics for maintenance allows energy companies to adapt maintenance schedules based on equipment usage and changing conditions. Integrating data from connected assets provides real-time insights, empowering field workers with information, safety guidelines, and best practices through intuitive mobile applications. This data-driven decision-making leads to improved productivity and safety on-site.

Improved Asset Connectivity Means Enabling Smart Execution for The Field

Effective maintenance operations require connected assets to enable war rooms and real-time tracking. By embracing improved asset connectivity, energy companies can optimize work scheduling, guided workflows, and self-service experiences. These digital advancements transform the traditional field worker into a digital knowledge worker, reducing manual processes, data silos, and disconnected experiences.

Bridging the Talent Gap: The Role of Digital Transformation

Like many industries, the energy industry faces a talent gap. Digital transformation is not just a means to enhance efficiency but also a strategic tool to attract, retain, and empower the next generation of skilled workers. Offering great user experiences with field tools becomes an essential strategy to acquire and retain skilled workers.

The Energy Industry Will Continue to Grow with Digital Transformation

As discussed, the energy industry continues to undergo transformative changes, with a strong focus on operational efficiency, standardization, data-driven decision-making, improved asset connectivity, and digital empowerment. These trends present both challenges and opportunities for energy organizations to make stair-step improvements and remain competitive in the evolving landscape.

The Future Awaits: Navigating the Energy Industry with Youreka 

Embracing digital transformation and adopting innovative technologies, such as Youreka, can empower energy companies to navigate emerging trends successfully. As a trusted partner in the energy industry, Youreka provides invaluable solutions and expertise tailored to empower energy leaders in making strategic decisions to drive operational excellence in the field.

By leveraging Youreka’s powerful capabilities, energy companies can streamline field operations, optimize maintenance schedules, and enhance asset performance management. Our seamless integration with Salesforce ensures access to real-time data and comprehensive analytics, enabling data-driven decision-making at every level.

As the energy industry continues its transformative journey, staying ahead of the curve is paramount. Youreka invites energy leaders to explore custom solutions that drive operational excellence in the field. Join us on this transformative journey, unlocking the potential for success, efficiency, and sustainability in the dynamic energy landscape. 

Book a consultation today and embark on the path to a future-ready energy industry. Together, we’ll shape the future of energy field operations.

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