, a provider of software solutions and services that transform complex data into business insight, has stated that they are participating in an oil and gas industry initiative that intends to bring together two strategic objectives: industry focus and technology direction.
It is said that oil and gas industry now needs a common information technology (IT) reference architecture for use by upstream organizations, system integrators (SIs) and solution providers. The Microsoft (News
) Upstream Reference Architecture Initiative will develop on-going consensus for an information technology (IT) framework for the global upstream oil and gas industry. The objective of this initiative is to chart out a common architectural approach to IT to further the flow of information across all upstream business units.
Microsoft's new reference architecture is supposedly based upon five foundational "pillars", or principles - performance oriented IT infrastructure; enhanced user experience; optimized domain-specific infrastructure; rich application platform; and comprehensive interoperability.
According to a release, the architectural approach will encourage simplification and unification in the upstream sector and will also give SIs and solution providers an established environment within which to design and build solutions, while allowing upstream operators to design architectures as a requirement for potential vendors.
WellPoint has claimed that they have built a deep expertise in the oil and gas industry by serving over 450 customers in 60 countries across the globe. And they also offer several solutions building on their key alliance with Microsoft.
Ali Ferling, managing director of Worldwide Oil and Gas Industries at Microsoft has commented that WellPoint Systems has brought a unique blend of industry expertise and technology innovation to the Microsoft Upstream Reference Architecture Initiative. With its focus on back office operations within an upstream oil and gas company, WellPoint's commitment to this architecture will help its customers realize major productivity gains through the integration of business processes, people and workflows across upstream business units.
Officials with WellPoint added that they are committed to the Microsoft Upstream Reference Architecture Initiative as a solid foundation for offering integrated solutions that extend the business value of IT investments to customers. This framework provides a clear direction to the industry that ensures ISVs & SIs can expand products and services within a broad alliance. Their customers will benefit from more choice when selecting business critical solutions, and the confidence to know that these solutions will work together into the future.
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