Oil and Gas companies increasingly need environments that support real time E&P business processes, by linking well site information, applications, and experts with operational managers (decision makers) in one place, where daily operational parameters are viewed, decisions are made, and decisions are acted upon. Most companies believe that making decisions in real time while leveraging global resources and infrastructure will help improve their productivity from mature fields, while reducing costs.

Project team members are often collocated to ensure open communication and planning. However, E&P activities often take place in remote and hostile parts of the world, where it may not be possible or economical to deliver all the required resources and personnel. Global operations frequently require that operations centers be "virtualized" so the team members can be globally dispersed. Reliable and secure information flow is the key to ensuring success in the oilfield of the future.

Creating and supporting such integrated operations centers presents significant challenges in process, networking, security, hardware, and software infrastructure. For example, end-to-end real-time solutions require remote connectivity and "first mile" technology.

Successful creation of integrated operations centers requires clear definitions of the business processes to be supported and the infrastructure technologies needed to support them.

This paper discusses some of the special challenges faced in the upstream oil and gas domain, with examples of how some of the challenges have been met.

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