Shell is changing its business to think technology first.
The company is the first in the oil and gas industry to take to technology, and make use of the Internet of Everything to change its business processes.
Alan Matula, vice president and chief information officer at Royal Dutch Shell PLC said: "Innovation is in our DNA. We do things we're very proud of and a first in the industry.
"We push the technology advances as close as possible to the business outcomes we're trying to drive."
Speaking at a Cisco event in San Francisco, Alan Matula said the Internet of Everything had been predicted around three to four years ago, so set up a unique technology outfit dedicated to the concept, next to its R&D department.
This move was said to change the organisation of IT at Shell dramatically.
Cisco provides Shell with real-time remote monitoring capabilities, where information at the drilling point can be sent instantly back to the office for analysis.
Matula added: "This is automation at the edge. It can automate the drilling, accuracy and speed."
Looking to the future, the company plans to concentrate further on automation, as well as fog computing, telehealth and robotics.
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