Considering the recent drop in crude oil prices and how it affects business development and systems management globally, oil and gas industry experts propose that leaders view this as an opportunity to address talent and technology needs. In light of layoffs and stalled project advances, businesses are looking to do more with less
There are many advantages to using cloud-based technology, especially when your talent pool has been downsized:
Due to changes within the industry and the demand to remain competitive within a global market, many businesses are adopting technological solutions to fill the void of talent and the mandate to do more with less. In fact, many businesses discover better business practices as they learn to operate according to a leaner, more efficient model.
For a demonstration of how Accupoint Software can help improve your operational efficiency, we invite you to contact us today.
With the fluctuation of oil prices lately, it’s natural for organizations within the oil and gas industry to worry about the uncertain times. As oil and gas producers examine questions about locking in demand and thriving during a period of oversupply, questions of efficiency improvements and business model adjustments are at the forefront.
A common mistake that companies make during difficult times, is to focus on cost-cutting measures. Typically, employees and the knowledge they possess is often the first casualty of any downturn. In order to succeed long term, an organization must protect the institutional knowledge that is critical for continued success and growth.
The oil and gas industry has demonstrated the ability to be inventive by integrating new technology to address this problem. As an example, many organizations are using the current downtime to implement a knowledge management system to capture and archive important process and procedures information. As the industry recovers, these systems will guarantee employee learning and productivity improvements from the field to the boardroom.
Simply stated, are you prepared to thrive in a business environment that is volatile and uncertain?
While there are real challenges within the industry, opportunities exist to adjust and prosper into the future. For more information on how Accupoint can help you manage these uncertain times, contact us today.
The current Covid 19 pandemic reminds us employees, operations, supply chains and customer relations can all be affected by unplanned disruptions. That is why every business needs a plan to meet potential interruptions with clarity, confidence and calm.
That being said, the development of a set of comprehensive contingency plans comes in handy. A good contingency plan will identify likely disruptions and identify develop action items designed to minimize the impact on operational performance.
To that end, we have detailed 8 steps for effective contingency planning:
By following the steps outlined above, you will be well on your way to creating effective contingency plans that chart realistic tactics and achievable goals in addressing potential operational disruptions.
To learn more about how Accupoint can help streamline your contingency planning, please contact us today.
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New technology continues to overwhelm and amaze us as faster and smaller devices with specific software continue to make a major difference in how we live our lives and conduct our work.
Here are two helpful reminders when considering purchasing and installing new technology. First, the education and training of the workforce is just as important as the equipment itself. New technology touted to save your staff time and energy cannot work if the staff doesn't fully understand how to use it. Training and support are required. Be sure to factor into any purchase decision the ability for users to ask questions and then be willing to consistently evaluate if the software is working as it was intended.
The second consideration is a focus on mobile technology. The benefits of mobile computing are numerous and include: data capture in the field, ease of collaboration from multiple locations, and better decision making. This in turn improves efficiency, communication and profitability. Many organizations understand these benefits, but are not fully embracing it in their day to day operations.
For more information on Accupoint's mobile solutions and our ability to empower employees and increase productivity in the manufacturing, energy and service industries, please contact us today.
Maintaining a management system that is effective, satisfactory and suitable is a requirement of the API Spec Q2 standard. In fact, section 6.5 states:
To that end, we thought we would discuss a couple of items to help streamline your Management Review planning.
When to Have a Review:
The standard requires that you review your system annually, at a minimum. However, best practice dictates that you schedule your reviews more often, say quarterly and focus on specific aspects during each session. Ultimately, this makes the process easier to manage and avoids duplication of efforts.
What to Include:
When you are setting up your Management Review agenda, make sure to compile data for use in the discussion. Include internal and third party audit results, customer complaints, non-conformities and corrective action requests. Develop a schedule that allows you to review each aspect of the management system by the anniversary date. Be sure to allow for a discussion period, to address areas for improvement as well as ways that the system should be monitored.
Upon completion, prepare action plans to address required changes to processes, resources, and other items identified in the review.
Per the standard, the results of the Management Review must be documented and maintained. In addition, top management must review and approve the summary assessment. Results should be communicated with appropriate individuals throughout the organization. Finally, the results should be used to drive continual improvement efforts within the organization.
To find out how Accupoint can help streamline your Management Review processes, please call toll free 800.563.6250 or visit us at accupointsoftware.com.