Transforming the Energy Industry with Innovative Mobile Solutions

Now in its 11th year, the Global Energy Forum is a prestigious annual technology-focused energy industry event welcoming business leaders from both the Business Operations and Information Technology arenas.

Join your peers for the Microsoft Global Energy Forum on Thursday, February 20, 2014. Once again, the event will take place at the George R Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas for this thought-leadership event!

Event Speakers for 2014
Please click on each picture for speaker details.

Iraj Ershagi
Iraj Ershagi
Michael S. Brown
Iain D.W. Urquhart
Tom Koulopoulos
Opening Keynote: Lane Sorgen, General Manager, South Central US – Microsoft
As General Manager and Partner of Microsoft’s South Central US, Lane is responsible for Microsoft’s Customer and support teams that service South Central’s Enterprise Customers, which are primarily Oil & Gas. Lane’s team ensures customer satisfaction through consulting, delivery and support of Microsoft’s customers’ operations.
Lane joined Microsoft in 1996 as a Manager of Product Development and has held various jobs within the organization. Prior to his current position, Lane was Vice President for Microsoft’s Small and Mid-Market Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) in the US.
Opening Keynote: Judson Althoff, President, North America – Microsoft
As president of Microsoft North America, Judson is responsible for Microsoft’s commercial and public sector customers and partners, and the consumer business in retail and through operator channels across Canada and the United States and Canada.
Althoff joined Microsoft in March 2013. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Alliances and Channels and Embedded Sales for Oracle. In this capacity, he was responsible for the ongoing development and execution of the company’s worldwide Alliances and Channels programs and strategies, partner revenue-generating business initiatives and the models for managing more than 25,000 partners, independent software vendor/original equipment manufacturer relationships and Java sales globally. Before joining Oracle, Althoff was an Area Business Development Manager and District Sales Manager for EMC Corporation.
Althoff was named a Top Channel Leader or Executive by CRN magazine 2008-2012 and was named Channel Chief 2009-2012. Althoff holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Customer Keynote: Michael S. Brown, Vice President, Global Information Technology, ExxonMobil Global Services Company
Michael S. Brown joined ExxonMobil in 1980 as a process engineer at the former Mobil Corporation Paulsboro, NJ, Refinery. He has held several managerial positions at the Joliet, IL, and Beaumont, TX, refineries. In 1996, Mike joined the Houston Gas Liquids group as General Manager of North America Gas Liquids, responsible for the U.S., Mexico and business development for South America and Canada.
Mr. Brown's next position was to lead the business process reengineering and SAP rollout for the U.S.-based Upstream, Downstream and Global Chemical assets of Mobil Corporation. Following the merger of Exxon and Mobil in 1999, Mr. Brown led a comparable effort for the combined company. In 2002, Mr. Brown was named Refinery Manager at the Baytown, TX, Refinery and then returned to Houston in 2005 as the GTL Project Executive for ExxonMobil Development Company. In January 2006 he was assigned Executive Assistant to Exxon Mobil’s Chairman in Irving, Texas. In October 2006 Mr. Brown was named Vice President Refining, assuming responsibility for Exxon Mobil’s worldwide refinery circuit. In March 2009, he was appointed Project Executive of the U.S. Real Estate Strategy Study Project. In July 2011, he assumed his current position as Vice President, Global Information Technology, ExxonMobil Global Services Company, responsible for ExxonMobil computing and telecommunications services.
Mr. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University in 1980.
Luncheon Keynote: Ram Charan, World-Renowned Business Advisor, Author & Speaker
Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable—the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.
Social Collaboration Closing Speaker: Mark McDonald, Sr. Managing Director, Digital Strategy, Accenture (former Group Vice President, Gartner Fellow)
Mark is a Managing Director within Accenture concentrating on Digital Business strategy and development. He advises top executives teams in the development and execution of digital business strategies concentrating on driving growth and results through digital resources. Prior to joining Accenture, Mark was a Group Vice President and Fellow at Gartner Inc. working with executive teams in identifying and applying digital technology to business opportunities.
Mark is the author of several books related to digital technology including The Digital Edge (2012) which looks at how companies create sustainable revenue from digital resources and The Social Organization (2011) which addresses the challenges associated with applying social media to create mass collaboration. He is a regular speaker on business, leadership and technology issues. Mark's ideas appear in leading publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. In 2012 the Huffington Post named Mark as one of the top 100 most influential bloggers on technology issues.
7:15 - 8:15
Registration & Breakfast in Solution Showcase Pavilion
8:15 - 9:45
OPENING SESSION – George Bush Grand Ballroom
Solution Showcase Pavilion – Hall B3;
Microsoft Experience Center (Business Productivity) – Room 330 A (by Invitation Only)
Customer-led Breakout Sessions I
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE – George Bush Grand Ballroom
Customer-led Breakout Sessions II
Solution Showcase Pavilion – Hall B3;
Microsoft Experience Center (BI for Oil & Gas) – Room 330 A (by Invitation Only)
Customer-led Breakout Sessions III;
Microsoft Experience Center (Business Productivity) – Room 330 A (by Invitation Only)
CLOSING SESSION – George Bush Grand Ballroom
Closing Reception in Solution Showcase Pavilion – Hall B3
10:55 am
ROOM 310 B – CF Industries, Inc.: Real-time Efficiency – Using Innovative Data Collection Techniques and the Right KPIs to Drive Excellence
Sponsored by:OSIsoft
The convergence of IT and OT is impacting all of us -people struggle with old tools or adjusting to new ones and get stuck on a “decision making treadmill.” Efficiency is elusive as data is over-collected but underutilized. How can you provide solutions to capture the data you need, enable real-time decision making, and give management the visibility they demand?
CF Industries will discuss how to identify the KPIs that drive business, use innovative data collection techniques to enable real-time decision making, and make efficiency everybody’s business.
Speaker:Bryan Pigg, Network Supervisor – CF Industries
Bryan Pigg is the Network Supervisor for the CF Industries in Yazoo City, MS. He has been Supervisor of the IT department for the past 10 years. Bryan’s main responsibilities for the complex are to oversee all IT operations and develop methods, using Microsoft and OSIsoft products, to help plant management maximize the efficiency and production of the various plants at the complex. He continues to progress his talents by attending various technology training courses and keeping up with the latest trends in data collection methods and technology.
ROOM 320 A/B – Chevron: Increasing Agility and Eliminating the Security Risks of Contractor Access to Mission Critical Data
Sponsored by:Covisint
Chevron Exploration and Production, like many other oil and gas companies, faced big operation and security problem – How to simply and quickly provide users in the field with secure access to critical company data when most of those users are not Chevron employees?
As is common in the industry, Chevron utilizes contractors for mission critical maintenance and repair activities in the field. Since, on average, 77% of oil and gas personnel are contractors, this presents a significant user management problem.
So how did Chevron solve their user management and security problem and provide additional agility into their user management operations?
Speaker:Ravi Malla, Upstream Workflow Transformation Program Manager – Chevron
In this session, Chevron’s UWT Program Manager, Ravi Malla will explain how the company is working with COVISINT to implement the solution to contractor access and identity management for mission critical systems.
ROOM 320 C – Transocean: Driving Global Rig Documentation Management for the Enterprise
Sponsored by:Gimmal
Decentralized content spread across multiple business applications and document management systems made it difficult and inefficient to connect people, process, and content (e.g. rig workers requiring documentation to perform maintenance) resulting in wasted time, reduced effectiveness, and higher costs accorded to inefficient processes.
As a result, Transocean began a project to align their numerous document management solutions and business applications to support the operation, collaboration, and management of 70-plus globally-dispersed offshore, deepwater drilling rigs and their onshore supporting offices.
Join this session to hear how the new "full service" RigDocs Commercial Content Management System has increased efficiency and reduced costs by providing a central location for documents across the enterprise.
Speaker:Tony Borst, Director of IT Application Services – Transocean
Tony Borst, Director of Application Services, has worked at Transocean for 19 years and has over 25 years of IT experience including previous positions with Mercer Consulting and American General. In his current role, Tony’s primary responsibilities include ECM strategies and solutions, global records administration and leading the development, support and maintenance teams responsible for Transocean’s offshore application environments. Among several ongoing key initiatives for Transocean, he is currently working on virtualization & cloud readiness, IT Governance improvements, strategies and solutions for improved utilization of offshore control systems data and worldwide roll-outs of several SharePoint based solutions.
1:10 pm
ROOM 310 B – Nalco Champion: Driving Value in Energy Extraction with Real-time Information Management
Sponsored by:Rockwell Automation
Nalco wanted to improve the efficiency of chemical usage and dispersion to improve the quality of water used in energy extraction and production. With commercial off-the-shelf technologies to manage information and assets remotely, Nalco’s Refined Knowledge® solution, combined with Rockwell Automation programmable automation controllers and Microsoft SharePoint, uses the internet to allow assets such as cooling/heating water equipment to operate more efficiently with longer life and improved thermal transfer characteristics reducing life cycle costs.
Join this session to learn how these same concepts can be applied to improve the delivery and treatment of water used in production to help improve environmental standards.
Speaker:John Schlitt, General Manager Automation Center of Excellence, Energy Services – Nalco
Mr. John Schlitt serves as the Director of the Global Automation COE within the Energy Services Division of the NALCO Champion (an Ecolab Company). The Automation COE is responsible for executing customer facing information technology solutions and field automated devices which are aligned with the strategy and growth plans for the upstream, downstream, and WellChem business units. Mr. Schlitt has a distinguished career for over 28 years in information technology and process automation where he has served in several capacities including sales, sales management, marketing, and executive management positions.
ROOM 310 C – Plains All American Pipeline: Implementing an Engineering Project Controls Management System
Sponsored by:Catapult
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (PAALP) owns approximately 18,000 miles of pipelines throughout the US and Canada, operates a fleet of 582 trailers, 104 barges, and 51 transport tugs, and owns storage capacity of at least 23 million barrels. In order to remain compliant with DoT, OSHA and other regulatory agency requirements, Plains All American Pipeline, must maintain complete and proper records for its pipelines and facilities and be able to quickly produce documentation during an audit. In addition, the company continues to invest in capital expansion projects and programs with a higher degree of complexity, increased regulatory scrutiny, continued focus on cost/risk management and a lower tolerance for delays.
Given the complexity of their business, Plains All American Pipeline implemented an Engineering Project Controls Management System (EPCMS), which includes a full-lifecycle Electronic Document Management System that aligns to PAALP’s defined business process throughout all stages of PAALP capital projects.
Attend this session to learn how Plains All American Pipeline used this new system to increase operating efficiency.
Speaker:Michael E. Cartwright, Engineering, Manager of Process Control – Plains All American Pipeline
Michael Cartwright is a 25 year veteran and hands-on expert on Project Controls methods, procedures, systems, and the development of Project Information Management Systems. He has extensive Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) experience. Formerly the Project Controls Manager at Strike Construction, Michael managed a $200MM construction portfolio comprised of over 180 jobs-in-progress. In his current role as Manager of Project Controls at Plains All American Pipeline, he oversees a $1B+ portfolio of EPC projects. He has revolutionized the PAALP Project Management Process and implemented the Engineering Project Controls Management System—a full-lifecycle Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) for tracking of ongoing project data and long term retention of facility records.
ROOM 320 A/B – The Williams Companies: The Journey to Self-service BI
Sponsored by:WIPRO
Like many companies in the energy industry, Williams’ IT department found itself supporting a variety of Business Intelligence (BI) packages. This required IT to staff a variety of skill sets and forced data into silos by reporting package, which required IT staff to spend a large amount of time building BI. As a result of the time intensity of building BI, the IT department became a barrier for the business user to collect needed information.
Williams realized that their data was an asset that could be mined to gain business insights, which would help in optimizing operations and reducing costs. The key was for IT to standardize on the Microsoft BI stack to enable self-service BI. This allowed business users to gather their own reports and reuse the data as needed.
As Williams completes this transformation, IT is finding itself less a provider of one-off data projects and more a provider of data-as-a-service. This change has allowed IT to focus more on data quality and master data management. The result is that business users now have easy access to data, the ability to analyze the data using everyday productivity tools, and the confidence that their analysis is based on accurate data. Join this session to find out how Williams was able to put this valuable data in the hands of users.
Speaker:Eric Vogelpohl, Senior IT Manager – The Williams Companies
Eric Vogelpohl is a senior manager with Williams Companies, a leading natural gas services and pipeline company. In 2012 Eric took on Business Intelligence at Williams, focusing predominantly on areas outside traditional financial management. His team is delivering high-value BI solutions using the latest Microsoft BI components and inspiring business users with “controlled self-service BI” capabilities. Eric has an MBA from Oklahoma State University, and he is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Business Data Mining.
ROOM 320 C – BreitBurn Energy Partners: Enabling Business Through a Pragmatic Approach to Enterprise Information
Sponsored by:Stonebridge
Upstream oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) companies face a broad spectrum of challenges due to the vast array of complex, data-driven software required to support the well life cycle. For BreitBurn Energy, some of these issues included siloed data and applications, multiple versions of master data, and limited scalability and supportability.
As a result, BreitBurn Energy has aligned their ERP implementation with the build out of an Upstream Information Architecture, which will provide the ability to centrally manage and present master and transactional data across the organization. By using industry standard models (PPDM) and the Microsoft toolset as the foundation for managing and presenting data, BreitBurn will be able to provide unified and supportable solutions for managing structured and unstructured data to help make faster, more informed business decisions.
Join this session to hear Mike Dominick discuss how BreitBurn tackled their ERP challenges with this solution.
Speaker:Mike Dominick, Manager of Systems Integration and Development – BreitBurn Energy
Mike Dominick is the Manager of Systems Integration and Development at BreitBurn Energy, where he is responsible for design and delivery of business process solutions company-wide, from corporate staff to field employees in nine states. Mike and his team manage all aspects of the software life cycle including selection, implementation, architecture, development and data management. With over 15 years of experience in multiple industries and IT environments, Mike has worked in positions of increasing responsibility in application development, business intelligence/reporting, and database development/administration. He is a MS Certified professional with a BS in Computer Science, and a member of the Professional Association for SQL Server.
3:00 pm
ROOM 310 B – McDermott, Inc.: Managing and Tracking Complex EPC Projects Using Business Intelligence
Sponsored by:Infosys
The single biggest challenge of an EPC project is to execute it on schedule and within budget. Traditionally, EPC projects run in single digit profit margins. Improving project execution by making data available for decision-makers can help improve operations and allow them to take necessary interventions to avoid cost overruns.
McDermott has been very successful in executing large, complex EPC projects for its Oil & Gas clients in very challenging circumstances. The nature of the business demands accurately running a very tight ship, and this is all much easier when the necessary data is available at your fingertips.
PARS (Project Analytics and Reporting System), a standardized and centralized project controls reporting system, which that draws information from various systems, is an attempt to transform and standardize the setup of projects at granular levels. PARS has multiple business, process, data, and technology components. This system provides ease of access to available project data for meaningful analysis, which can be used as an indicator of true project health. Attend this session to find out how McDermott used PARS to put valuable data right in the hands of its users.
Speaker:Maurice Tayeh, CIO - McDermott
Mr. Tayeh’s career spans almost 30 years of international business experience covering several industries: Oil & Gas (Engineering & Construction), Manufacturing, and Aerospace. As McDermott’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Mr. Tayeh is spearheading various IT initiatives aimed at transforming the company’s business systems, its technology & infrastructure and more importantly its work processes. Prior to the McDermott, Mr. Tayeh served in various positions including Shaw Group (now CB&I), Technip, KBR, and Lockheed Martin. As a truly global leader, Mr. Tayeh has been based in Paris, London, Nigeria, Denver, and other US locations.
ROOM 310 C - BHP Billiton Petroleum: Building Records Compliance into an Operational Solution
Sponsored by:Infusion
Successful information management strategies align with empowering the business, while keeping information safe and appropriately managed. This presentation focuses on how BHP Billiton Petroleum took the complexity of complying with records management policies for unstructured content and built that into a solution that improved efficiency and made it easier for the business user to find relevant information.
Come to this session to hear how BHP Billiton Petroleum successfully implemented this solution across the value chain and tailored it to supporting functions for improved access to critical business information.
Speaker:Mary Jensen, Global Manager, Records & Knowledge Management – BHP Billiton Petroleum
Mary Jensen is the Global Manager of Records and Information Management for BHP Billiton Petroleum. The role is responsible for both records and knowledge management disciplines and technologies across the organization. Mary has taken advantage of two of the major industries in Houston – oil and aerospace – spanning her career between the two. Much of her early career was in real time simulation for NASA’s on-orbit operations. Now she is supporting the deep water and shale operations at BHP Billiton. By education Mary is an engineer with a degree in physics and geophysics with a masters in environmental management.
ROOM 320 A/B – Microsoft Services: Defending Against Modern Cyber Attacks
Sponsored by:Microsoft Services
Both public sector and commercial networks alike are under increasing threat from ideological groups, which commit attacks to gain notoriety and embarrass their victims; criminal syndicates, which steal monetizable assets such as credit card numbers; and national governments, which attack networks in order to gain advantage over potential adversaries and transfer commercial trade secrets to favored local industries. It is little wonder that CIOs include security as one of their Top 10 priorities.
Microsoft has a view of attackers that is unparalleled. Since we are both a product and online service company with widespread global reach, we’re able to bring what we learn to our customers. Come and hear Nate Morin, Chief Technology Officer for the Microsoft Services’ CyberSecurity practice, and Pat Arnold, GM of CyberSecurity, discuss industry-specific trends in CyberSecurity and how to improve your security posture and mitigate attacks utilizing Microsoft Services’ solutions and our team of experts.
Speaker:Nate Morin, Chief Technology Officer for the Microsoft Services’ CyberSecurity practice – Microsoft Corporation
Nate Morin is the Chief Technology Officer for the Microsoft Services’ CyberSecurity practice, where he advises some of Microsoft’s largest customers on how best to secure their most critical IT systems and information as well as representing Microsoft at government and industry conferences and associations. The CyberSecurity team leverages technical solutions and services often developed to defend Microsoft’s own networks, which are some of the most attacked in the world. Before that, he was Microsoft’s US Air Force Account Team Technology Strategist, where he assisted the account team in ensuring Microsoft best met the technical needs of the US Air Force. Prior to supporting the US Air Force, Nate had similar roles with the US Army Account and in Microsoft Federal.
Before joining Microsoft in October 2007, Nate worked as a Program Director for a number of Global Defense Industry System Integrators where he specialized in managing US Department of Defense and Intel community contracts in the Computer, Network and Information Security areas. Prior to joining industry he served as a Signal Officer in the US Army and was assigned to support various organizations in the United States Army – European Command.
Nate is a graduate of Bryant University in Smithfield, RI and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. He is also a distinguished military graduate from the US Army ROTC program having received his commission while studying at Bryant. Nate also holds a Master of Science Degree in Information Assurance from Capitol College in Laurel, MD. In addition to his university degrees, he also holds various technical certifications from ISC2, SANS and Microsoft.
Speaker:Patrick Arnold, CyberSecurity General Manager, Microsoft Services – Microsoft Corporation
Mr. Arnold is a twenty-two year employee of Microsoft, and he has held a number of engineering and management roles throughout his cyber, INFOSEC, and engineering career. Prior to Microsoft he was with Unisys Government Systems and Sperry Defense Systems in a number of systems engineering roles in the development of mission critical hardware and software systems. He is the General Manager responsible for the Microsoft cybersecurity mission within Microsoft Services. In this role he leads a team of cyber security professionals who possess a deep understanding of the vast cyber threat; his team of security professionals have decades of collective expertise and experience in the protection, containment, detection, response and recovery of complex government and commercial industry ICT systems. The team also consists of malware researchers and software developers who are able to develop specialized tools to assist in investigative, forensics, and remediation efforts. Prior to his role Cyber Security General Manager role, Mr. Arnold was the Chief Technical Officer in Trustworthy Computing (TwC). Based in Washington DC, his responsibilities included providing technology and policy thought leadership on the core TwC tenants of security, privacy, reliability and business practices to senior USG officials including senior government officials from other nations. Mr. Arnold provided security subject matter expertise in key relationships with USG officials in OMB, OSTP, NSC, DHS, NSA, DOD, Commerce, and NIST, and he worked closely with the national security community as a trusted advisor on emerging technical and policy issues. He worked closely with the TwC teams responsible for Common Criteria and the advancement of software assurance reform as well as the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) and supply chain interests of the company. Mr. Arnold has worked on key cyber incidents including Stuxnet and many others before it.
ROOM 320 C – Rockwater Energy Solutions: Oil & Gas Start-up to Scalable Enterprise
Sponsored by:Microsoft Dynamics
Aggressive growth requires systems that can keep pace with that growth. Rockwater came together in summer of 2011, with the combination of 4 companies. Growing from a start-up to a billion in revenue over a 24 month period with an increase in employees from 1400 to 3000 during the same period through acquisition of a number of companies at a very aggressive pace to fill out its product and geographic offering. The acquired companies ranged from specialty chemical manufacturing to trucking to rentals and pit-lining, and more. The legacy companies and the acquisitions ran a variety of different financial and ERP packages – none of which could scale past a hundred users or had the breadth of functionality the company needed without major customization.
Rockwater was looking for a system to support its diverse functional needs, but was agile and flexible enough to continue to grow with its aggressive plans. The company needed a platform that allowed for scale, would drive efficiency, and would become the foundation to differentiate its product offering. Attend this session to learn how Rockwater uses Dynamics AX & CRM to keep pace with their aggressive past and future growth.
Speaker:Biren Kumar, VP & CIO – Rockwater Energy Solutions
Biren Kumar is the VP & CIO for Rockwater Energy Solutions, a $1.0 Billion leader in Fluids Management and Logistics in the rapidly growing North American Shale Gas Business. The company is comprised of Specialty Chemical Manufacturing, Well Treating, Trucking, Field Services, Water Transfer, Equipment Rental and Reconditioning businesses, and it has grown from a start-up to revenues of $1.0 Billion and employee base of 3000 employees in the span of 24 months. Mr Kumar is also responsible for all aspects of IT including Strategy, CRM, Sales Operations, ERP, Field services, GPS/GIS, Infrastructure and other differentiating services. I addition, he is a CIO 100 award recipient.
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