New Research: Digitalizing the Oil and Gas Workforce

With today’s rise of big data, advanced analytics, and smart sensors, oil and gas companies have an opportunity to increase their production and reduce costs through digitalization—including for their mobile workforce. We wanted to find out how these companies can best prepare their mobile infrastructure for what’s next with digitalization and what role rugged devices (rugged handhelds, rugged laptops, and rugged tablets) play in the oil and gas industry.

To answer these questions, Zpryme surveyed nearly 160 people from oil and gas companies about their approaches to digitalization, mobile devices, and the opportunities for rugged devices. 

Key Findings

  • 90% of respondents expect the digitalization of their mobile workforce to increase over the next one to three years—with 39% expecting it to increase significantly.
  • After operational efficiency, benefits for mobile devices center around the ability to connect and share data. Improved connectivity (48%), access to real-time information (40%), and data capture (32%) are top benefits respondents expect from mobile devices.
  • Less than one-third of respondents feel their current mobile devices and infrastructure are prepared for a real-time, connected environment.
  • Durability is a top factor to consider for mobile devices for 43% of survey respondents.
  • The use of rugged devices is on the rise: 40% of respondents expect to purchase rugged or semi-rugged computing devices in the next 12 months.

Click here to download the full research report from Panasonic Mobility.