Oil and gas companies thrive on the skills of acquiring and distributing their product efficiently and effectively. They find the oil and gas, they get it out of the ground, they transport it to the processor, and they learn the most efficient ways to do that.
But they’re oil and gas companies, not IT companies. They’re not equipped to build the infrastructure to be an efficient IT company because IT is not their industry.
This is why you hire specialists. If you’re not an accountant, you hire an accountant to manage your books. If you’re not a logistics expert, you hire a logistics expert to manage your transportation. And if you’re not an IT specialist, you hire someone who can manage your IT department and specializes in running one in a specialized organization.
But rather than hiring a full-time employee and having them try to keep your entire IT infrastructure operation running in-house, you’re better off outsourcing iteverything to a company that specializes in IT for oil and gas companies.
Here are three reasons why it makes more sense to outsource your IT requirements.
1. It creates more efficiencies and adaptability
By hiring a company that specializes in IT infrastructures, it allows the your company to focus your efforts on what you do bestyou’re actually there to do. MBy moving to the cloud, it also allows you to quickly adapt your hardware as needed. To run your own servers, you need to accurately predict your usage. If you buy more hardware than what you actually need, you have resources lying unutilized or under-utilized. When you outgrow existing the capacity, you have to acquire additional hardware. Lead time for new hardware is often several weeks. That is time and opportunity lost. Using the cloud gives you the ability to scale up or down in minutes, with just a few clicks.
If you had in-house servers and found that you were running at full capacity, either in storage or data processing, you could be waiting days and weeks to buy a new server, have it delivered, and get it installed. But by migrating your IT operations to the cloud, you can literally double or triple your capacity in a few ten minutes with one phone call or even changing the settings online on your account.
Another benefit of using outside IT experts is that they can help identify inefficiencies in a process and help you develop a new infrastructure or method that addresses that problem most effectively.
2. Primary areas for oil production are in areas common for natural disasters
Here in Texas, especially Houston, we’re at risk of severe weather, like tornadoes and hurricanes. Thanks to the frequent flooding of the Houston area — which is a hub for oil and gas companies — it can be incredibly difficult to maintain and protect the servers your company has invested in.
Cloud computing services follow best practices for disaster recovery and their data centers are widespread geographically. A cloud computing service not only has backup servers in very diverse areas, the primary servers are also in a different area. For instance, Yyou could have a server in Seattle and a backup in Charlotte. I, and if disaster were to hit one of those areas, the backups are 3,000 miles away in an unaffected area. And if Houston ever experiences another hurricane or flood again, your employees can stay home and still access your company’s proprietary information as needed. This minimizes the impact of a disaster on IT operations.
3. You can streamline your budget
With cloud computing, there is no upfront capital investment. You pay as you go and only for the resources that you use. So, Ssmaller companies that start out on a cloud platform canare able to function aton the same level as a more established company. because they don’t require the upfront investment of all the servers, network, and staffing expertise. You can get the same capabilities by outsourcing your IT infrastructure functions to a cloud computing system that’s already staffed with industry professionals. Additionally, you pay for only resources that you use, allowing you to optimize your IT expenditure.
Remember, buying and installing all of that equipment is not your company’s mission. It’s not where you’ve invested your time to develop your expertise. So don’t spend your time, energy, and resources on making it all happen. Instead, talk to the experts who specialize in it.did spend all that time, energy, and resources.
Cloud computing can turn a large expense and staffing department into a smaller, more manageable line on your budget. If you would like to learn more about how cloud computing can reduce your operational costs and let you focus more on your core mission, you can speak to one of our representatives to learn more about your options.
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