Offshore oil and gas operations present a technological challenge because on the one hand, in order to ensure efficient management, the software systems run on each rig and vessel must be connected with each other and with software systems run by land-based operations. On the other hand, real-time internet connectivity between these different entities is difficult given that there are no fiber optic cables or cellular towers that service the offshore environment.
Enterprise software vendors often may have to rely on third party communication solutions and expensive system integration projects to handle offshore data replication. An enterprise software vendor dedicated to the offshore oil and gas industry—like IFS—will have a standard, embedded solution that will minimize cost and risk and implement more reliably than a one-off solution. This replicates:
- Master data
- Procurement and inventory logistics
- Unstructured data like documents