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What Technology, Logistics, and an Eye For Details Mean to Oil and Gas Producers

Posted Wed, December 11, 2013 by Julie Short

These days, lots of businesses like to talk about technology and logistics, especially when it comes to the oil and gas industry. When it comes down to it, though, these are just buzzwords – they are the difference between successfully turning a profit from one quarter to the next and being out of business altogether because you can keep an eye of the details.

Here at WebRevelation, that's something we've seen firsthand. In working with oil and gas producers, suppliers, and distributors all these years, we have learned how to put the pieces of a successful technology plan together in a commonsense, cost-effective way. In other words, we've learned how to help our clients do the most with the least, and boost their bottom-line results in the process.

Here are just a few of the ways oil and gas companies can utilize new technology to run smarter, more efficient businesses:

Through improved inventory control. Need to know what you have, where you have it, and what condition it's in? Most oil and gas operators do, which is why inventory control is such an integral part of their technology plan.

By keeping a close eye on costs and financials. Because market prices can change on a dime, and suppliers can shift terms at a moment’s notice, having one eye on the bottom line – and one finger on your pricing controls – is a must in today's oil and gas industry.

Through scheduling and project management. Smart scheduling and project management let you meet deadlines, keep costs low, and ensure that your whole operation moves forward smoothly.

With reliable mobile communications. Voice, video, and file-sharing systems let entire organizations stay in touch, even with multiple locations or vendors located around the globe.

By watching real-time shipping and logistics. You don't have time for missing equipment or incomplete answers. That's why real-time shipment tracking and logistical information can make such a powerful difference on your company's bottom-line performance.

With detailed, customized reports. When you need to spot important patterns and trends, or make sure that you're coming to the right conclusions, there is no substitute for having accurate, instantly customizable reports.

Worried that your oil and gas company isn't making the most of available technology? Talk to a member of the WebRevelation team today and let us show you what we've been able to do for other businesses like yours.

Posted in : Business Strategy | 
Tags : Gas and Oil , technology

Predicting the Web of the Future

Posted Wed, March 20, 2013 by Julie Short

Technology trends are moving toward every device being handsfree. At the start of the year, Google unveiled plans for developing voice command and hands free glass technology. Microsoft recently released a video where researchers showed developments they’ve made in gesture technology. More on those developments later in the blog, but that leads me to the main question. Where is web browsing headed and how will these changes impact website design?     

Technology companies and developers are constantly competing to enable us to accomplish more while actually doing less. Here a couple of the different approaches tech giants are taking in web and product development.

Voice Recognition
Google’s hoping to offer speech recognition as a feature on its popular web browser. Google Chrome’s latest beta version added preliminary support for voice commands. In the near future, users should browse the web, compose emails or tweet thoughts by speaking. They’ll eliminate the need to touch your computer’s screen or mouse. The complications with this technology are pretty obvious. Voice recognition technology is not perfect and mistakes are inevitable. This technology won’t make all computers completely hands free because it makes mistakes, but the real-time transcription they’re displaying is fast. Many think this’ll be a timesaver because most people can speak faster than they type. However, unless improvements are made, you have to speak very slowly to be heard clearly by Google’s transcriber. 

Augmented Reality Glasses
This week, the crowd at South by Southwest has been buzzing since Google revealed new details about its Google Glass technology. Google’s latest product, expected to be available for purchase by the end of the year, is described as an augmented-reality headset. This headset resembles a normal pair of glasses with thin glass lenses. Google’s describes it as being able to project images directly into a person’s eye. Google glass should feature apps, access to the web, a camera and voice recognition. The user will able to operate the glasses with voice commands. For example, if a user is in Oklahoma City and hungry, they could say “restaurants nearby” and they’d quickly see the restaurants around inside the glasses. Recently, Google announced that eventually Google Glass could feature prescription lenses. Essentially, if Google Glass catches on, people will wear their computer on their faces everywhere they go.  

Gesture Technology
Microsoft wants to change how we interact with our computers in a very different way. If Microsoft researchers are successful, touchscreens will be a dying trend. Microsoft has been working to expand technology that is utilized in the Xbox Kinect. Kinect allows gamers to actively play through a sensor that reads body motion. Researchers have worked to harness this innovation to read more deliberate hand gestures, such as the movements of a closed fist. This development would allow users to motion a hand in front of a screen and those gestures would register as actual actions made on the computer. 

The Impact on Web Design
There’s one really popular concept in web design right now. Developers keep talking about designing for the future. In the web of the future, all content will be expected to load instantly. Consumers today are less tolerable of delays than ever. Web content will have to be optimized to operate quickly or you’ll lose visitors. All the developments above should expedite Internet searching. Expect to design for evolving app needs and new platforms. Google Glass isn’t even released yet and they’ve already announced that Gmail, the New York Times, Path and Evernote all have functioning apps that will work with Project Glass. 

In a decade, humans and the technology they’re using may be almost indistinguishable. Almost every facet of life will probably be available online. Traditional computer interfaces will disappear and become touchless objects embedded in a room. Users will expect web content to function seamlessly with each new device, whether it features voice recognition or gesture technology. Responsive web design and customer management systems will probably thrive as we understand them now, but continue to improve functionality as platforms and user expectations change. 

What do you think about some of the new technology developments? Are they exciting or daunting innovations? 

Posted in : Tips and Tricks | 
Tags : reality glasses , voice recognition , gesture technology

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