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Oil and gas companies are re-imagining their businesses with digital twin

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Digital twin technology is transforming the oil and gas industry, enabling engineers to create virtual representations of physical assets like rigs, plants and pipelines in order to track assets, improve maintenance and avoid down time. Take this scenario. A maintenance worker observes a small rust spot on a pipe and swings by periodically to check […]

As electric vehicle market evolves, will the entire industry need a rethink?

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Combined with new mobility services and integration into smart grids, the electric vehicle is a pivotal element of the energy transition. The electric car market is only getting out of second gear but as it does so, its entire ecosystem could need a rethink, with potential impacts on multiple sectors. Three recent studies have highlighted […]

IoT in fuel cards: The potential of the connected fleet

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The self-driving car. What once seemed like a bit of folklore has come to life on the streets of American cities – and should soon be motoring people – and things – around the world. Tesla’s Elon Musk recently promised a new auto with the highest level of autonomy to be available to the public […]

Out of Order: Why businesses need a continuity plan

If you live in the U.S. or have visited the U.S. recently, you may have been affected by two big airline outages that have been mucking up travel in the States. Southwest Airlines suffered a technology outage in late July resulting in a severe disruption to its service. The company lost essential systems for more […]

Key steps for businesses embarking on separation

The modern enterprise is a complex environment. Under normal conditions, the precise orchestration of business and technical processes is required to achieve a high level of efficiency and productivity. In a separation environment, the complexity levels increase exponentially. A simple Internet search returns examples of high-profile companies that have handled the process poorly, sometimes torpedoing […]

What big data can bring to the fuel card industry

If you’re like me, you enjoy hearing about novel ways companies are using big data and analytics to drive business decisions. I’ve read about entertainment companies using the tool to script on-demand TV programming that matches the interests of the “Twitterverse.” I’ve seen case studies of HR using big data to drive hiring decisions and […]

3 trends shaping the energy industry today

The energy industry operates in a challenging environment. Lower fuel prices, excess supply and an accelerating demand for efficiency and innovation has put market leaders at a crossroads. Current business practices are clearly insufficient, yet the pace of change makes many companies hesitant to commit to new strategies. In my view, there are three macro […]

3 potential disruptors to the fuel card industry

Scalable and evergreen. If you’re shopping for technology solutions to meet today’s business demands, those two words are likely near the top of your “want” list. And if they’re not, you might want to reconsider your priorities to include them. Scalability, of course, refers to the ability of a business to adapt over time, to […]

Balancing convenience with security in the fuel card industry

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Data security is a chief concern in nearly every industry today. Retailers sleep with one eye open, hoping to avoid the kind of breaches experienced by Target and TalkTalk. Healthcare organisations and financial services companies are constantly on guard against increasingly frequent hacking incidents. And no company wants to open itself up to kind of […]

How consumer demands are changing payment approaches

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Some would say “The world no longer runs on that little plastic card in your wallet; it’s the mobile device that you can’t leave home without today” Well, we are perhaps not there just yet, but the trend is clear. Mobile payments and the growing demand for the service are transforming business in nearly all […]