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Chris Niven

Research Director, Oil & Gas

Chris Niven is Research Director for IDC Energy Insights responsible for thought leadership in the application of information and communications technology to oil and gas.

Chris brings over 20 years of experience in IT in the context of oil and gas.  He has advised super-majors, majors, independents national oil companies and oil field services companies on IT strategy, assessment and planning.  Chris' knowledge of industry processes and systems also runs deep, touching well life cycle management, real-time operations, land/lease, capital project management and technical data management. Chris currently leads the Worldwide Oil and Gas IT Strategies practice.

Chris has experienced the oil and industry from different perspectives – as a product leader for professional service firms, a business development lead, and a business consultant owning his own consulting company. He recently received a Big Data certification from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has a BS in Electronic Engineering Technology from the University of Houston.  Chris is a frequent blogger in the  Chris is a frequent blogger in the IDC Community.

2018 Upstream Oil and Gas Analytics Overview

Feb 2018 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US43455617

by: Chris Niven

This IDC Perspective examines what oil and gas companies are actually doing with regard to analytics. The big play for analytics in upstream oil and gas is to optimize efficiencies and productivity while reducing costs and limiting risk. Th...
IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Oil and Gas 2018 Predictions

Dec 2017 - Event Proceeding - Doc # US43317517

by: Chris NivenKevin Prouty

This IDC Web Conference presents a discussion by IDC's Worldwide Oil and Gas team on the key predictions that will impact CIOs and IT professionals in the worldwide industry over the next one to three years. Senior IT leaders and line-of-bu...
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