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The Oil & Gas Digital Imperative

Oil and gas companies face a challenging environment today. They must operate more efficiently than ever while maintaining high safety and environmental protection standards. Using the latest digital tools and methodologies, BCG’s Center for Digital in Oil & Gas can partner with companies to help them unlock value—and thrive.

Oil and gas companies have always made use of technology, both physical and computational, but they have been slower than companies in other industries to adopt the latest wave of digital transformation. Many are missing an integrated digital strategy, important capabilities, and concrete action plans.

The Center for Digital in Oil & Gas digitally transforms companies by partnering with them to build increasingly interconnected, smart systems that leverage data and enable their frontlines to deliver large and lasting impact. We develop cutting-edge solutions that include world-class digital strategy, processes, tools, and capabilities—allowing energy companies to succeed now and into the future.

Digital Strategy in Oil & Gas

Digital is expected to disrupt established business models by drastically affecting the scope of activities and their economics, and by enabling the emergence of new players. This disruption will change the competitive dynamics of the relevant ecosystems. In our work with leading organizations, we find that companies often struggle with the complexity of these changes.

To capture the benefits of digitization, mitigate threats, and take advantage of disruptions, companies need to:

  • Analyze the role they will play in the digital ecosystem.
  • Identify the partners they will need to work with.
  • Identify and acquire the capabilities that they will need in order to succeed

The Center for Digital in Oil & Gas uses industry experience combined with a structured approach to enable companies to understand how digitization can alter the industry ecosystem and define the best course of action tailored to their unique situation. We help define the digital vision, build new offerings, transform core businesses, and establish a solid foundation for full-scale digital transformation.

Our holistic approach to digital transformation ensures all required dimensions are covered and no stone is left unturned when developing an organization’s path to digital success.

Digital Opportunities for the Oil and Gas Industry

BCG's Sylvain Santamarta explains how digital can disrupt the entire oil and gas supply chain—bringing strategic opportunities to upstream, refining, retail, and trading.

Our Experts

The experts at BCG’s Center for Digital in Oil & Gas work with leading energy companies worldwide to master digital transformation. Our team is comprised of top-tier strategy consultants with deep knowledge of the energy sector, along with world-class digital experts, data scientists, and IT specialists. Together, we're helping energy companies transform their operations so that they're able to unlock new opportunities made possible by digital.

Global Leadership

  • Global leader for oil and gas
  • Energy trading and risk management
  • Downstream oil, including ground fuels, aviation fuels, and LPG
  • Operations and efficiency
Sylvain Santamarta

Partner & Managing Director

Oslo

  • Leads BCG's Energy practice in the Nordics
  • Upstream oil and gas
  • Upstream value creation and strategy
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Leads BCG's global work in IT sourcing
  • IT transformation
  • IT cost reduction
  • System selection and modernization

Featured Experts

  • Leads BCG's research on the digitalization of commodity trading
  • Oil and gas
  • Utilities
  • Big data and analytics
Marie-Helene Ben Samoun

Partner & Managing Director

Houston

  • Digital in oil and gas
  • Energy transition
  • Digital transformation
  • Digital strategy development
  • Risk management for industrial companies
  • Strategy for industrial companies
  • Energy trading
  • Oil and gas upstream
  • Energy
  • Upstream oil and gas
  • Drilling
  • Oil and gas processing
  • Refining and petrochemicals
  • Operations excellence
  • Digital transformation and industry 4.0 in process industries
  • Supply chain optimization
  • Digital in upstream oil and gas
  • Oil and gas development and operations
  • Digital strategy development
  • Big data and advanced analytics
Mike Lyons

Partner & Managing Director

Houston

  • Upstream and refining
  • Large-scale transformation
  • Frontline operations and maintenance
  • Workforce efficiency
  • Oil and gas
  • AI and robotics in oilfield services
  • Go-to-market strategy in oil and gas
  • Digital in oil and gas
  • Energy
  • Oil and gas
  • Downstream oil
  • Operational transformation and turnaround
  • Oilfield services
  • Productivity improvement in oil and gas
  • Cost efficiency
  • Digital in oil and gas
  • Oil downstream
  • Supply and trading
  • Refining and petrochemicals
  • EPC, engineering, and construction companies
Center for Digital in Oil & Gas

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