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Cisco recently released a study in which they interviewed oil and gas executives, consultants and analysts from 14 different countries about the challenges, opportunities and priorities facing their vertical. Due to new advances in processes and alternative energy sources, the oil and gas industry is looking to keep efficiency high by working smarter, not harder.

In the report, the number one driver identified by this group that would drive faster and better decision making was intelligence from data. Connecting all steps of their process, from discovery to refinement to distribution, with the Internet of Things or, as they call it in the report, the Internet of Everything (IoE), enables oil and gas companies to optimize their workflows, make better decisions and increase safety of their field workers.

“…Benefits depend on digital transformation of processes and business models, from the oil field to the front office,” says Joseph Bradely in an article about the report, “This requires that oil and gas companies leverage IoE to become more hyper-aware, predictive, and agile.” With this increased agility, oil and gas companies will be investing in the mobility of their employees.

Already, many of the world’s most successful businesses have jumped on the Bring Your Own Device train, making it easy for workers in any part of their organization to use the mobile device that is most comfortable for them. With an increased influx of data, the oil and gas industry will certainly be ensuring that their field workers are mobile ready and capable of handling complex information with their mobile devices.

One important piece of this equation is giving mobile workers the tools they need to communicate and connect with team members in the field and in the office. Video is an ideal medium for this communication for several reasons:

  • Easily transmit complex ideas – Where text and audio can only communicate so much, video’s combination of audio, visual and text elements gives users the most options to clearly state their ideas.
  • Capture video in the field – Now days almost every smartphone has a camera and video recording capabilities. Workers can capture video of issues they are having in the field or record best practices to share with team members.
  • Find information fast – With advanced search technology like Speech Search, which enables users to search through the spoken audio tracks of videos, workers can find the information they need at a moment’s notice. In an industry focused on streamlining workflows and increasing agility, the ability to get to the right information, fast, is critical.

Managing all of this video content can be difficult, however, which is why many of the world’s leading organizations are turning to enterprise video platforms to help them manage and deliver video to everyone in their organization, on any device.

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