Something I find exciting about the oil & gas industry is the constantly changing nature of the business. In such a dynamic and innovative industry, back-office processes for many companies remain the same as they were 50 years ago – and they involve paper.

Oil & gas producers and suppliers learned a hard lesson as they slowly recovered from the downturn in 2016. To protect your bottom line against market volatility, you need to discover innovative ways to operate with more efficiency across your entire organization, not just at the rig site.

Drillinginfo, through the recent acquisition of Oildex, Cortex, MineralSoft, and EnergyLink, looks to create the largest and most value-added data network of operators, suppliers, owners, and partners and provide solutions that automate business processes between these stakeholders. The 2019 Business Automation User Conference, held September 11–13 in San Antonio, will be the first time this extensive network comes together for three days of learning and collaboration. I couldn’t be more excited about this milestone, both for our company and our customers.

Here are my five reasons why you need to attend this year’s conference.

1) Stay on top of industry trends and challenges that affect your role

It’s crucial for professionals to stay informed with new technology trends in this business. Automation of processes saves E&P’s millions of dollars every year. Whether you would like to learn about OpenInvoice, digital field tickets, supply chain cost optimization, managing finances of your mineral rights, or how to provide world-class owner support, there is a session for you. I guarantee you will walk away with new valuable knowledge.

2) More than 15 customer-led sessions and panel discussions to choose from

You can choose from 15 customer-led sessions or panels this year which is up from last year’s nine customer-led sessions. We are focusing more on the ability for you to hear directly from your peers and this year’s conference offers the chance to attend sessions led by some of the most innovative names in oil & gas. Thought leaders from Anadarko, Parsley, Encana, BP, Crescent Point, Concho, Marathon Oil, Hilcorp, Diamondback, Montage Resources, Equinor, Laredo, and supplier Patterson-UTI will be presenting on their unique experiences on implementation, adoption, and the results realized with our solutions. Don’t miss the chance to learn from them!

3) Earn CPE credits

The conference content is diverse. This year, you can earn up to eight CPE credits. Why not earn your CPE credits while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the La Cantera Resort and Spa?


4) Be the first to learn about new disruptive product innovations

What is possible when you integrate EnergyLink’s JIB solutions with OpenInvoice? What if you could perform detailed spend analysis with your supply chain cost data at a granular level to implement strategic sourcing and vendor management? What are other companies doing around fraud detection and how are they using OpenInvoice, OpenTicket, and PriceBooks to help save millions? What are the latest trends in supply chain finance and how are other companies monetizing their payables? These are just a few of several innovations we will reveal at the User Conference. We will also be revealing our strategic direction around these acquisitions, what it means for you, and how it will deliver meaningful value.

5) Mingle with the largest network of its kind in the industry

It is rare to bring such a diverse group of owners, operators, industry experts, banks and trusts, and suppliers consisting of supply chain experts, operations, accountants, and finance professionals together in one place at the same time. This conference provides you with a unique opportunity to network with your peers.

In closing …

Innovation in oil & gas is more important than ever before. Just as oil rises and water sinks when mixed together, innovators will rise to the top, and the rest will sink.

I look forward to seeing you at the 2019 User Conference on September 11 in San Antonio. It will be a conference that you will not want to miss.

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