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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.

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Oil and Gas 2018 Predictions

Oct 2017 - IDC FutureScape - Doc # US43142417

by: Chris NivenKevin Prouty,  Sparshy Rajeev Saxena,  Emilie DittonRoberta Bigliani,  Oliver Schaller,  Nigel Wallis

This IDC Energy Insights study presents the IDC Energy Insights analyst team's outlook for 2018, and the 24-months-and-beyond planning horizon, through the lens of the 10 predictions that make up, in IDC Energy Insights' view, the framework...
Project Management 2017 Oil and Gas Best Practices

Oct 2017 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US43117217

by: Chris Niven

This IDC Perspective discusses the best practices for project management in the oil and gas industry. IDC Energy Insights believes that the best practices described in this document will significantly improve the required planning, coordina...
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