This paper will provide corporate wide investment in Information Technology (IT) that is more consistent with the goals of the business and will help ensure there is an appropriate return on the expenditure. It will be of most interest to those in an oil and gas company with several departments or functions that are sharing resources and information.

This paper is not a comprehensive description of the planning process but highlights the efforts needed to align the business and technology drivers. Most articles on computer related technology in the upstream petroleum industry describe isolated technical applications without reference to any impact on the broader computing and operating environment. This paper will build on those efforts by setting a framework for planning and investment that integrates total IT requirements with the needs of the business. It explains how the application of vision, integrated planning and portfolio evaluation can encourage a better analysis thereby ensuring more appropriate investment.

Table 1 highlights the main topics in this paper. It also outlines the prime checkpoints for the information planning process.

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