While the Internet has brought considerable bottom-line benefits to the B2B world for many years, there are still significant efficiencies and ROI opportunities available today. Those who are involved with hydrocarbon gas and liquid measurement readily understand that information collection, consolidation, processing, and exchange are simple yet powerful components of a fully integrated measurement process…and the Internet is a fundamental resource for this approach.
With ever-increasing bandwidth for Internet access, whether from a corporate network or mobile device, and the continued advancement of security provisions such as encryption and VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), measurement information can be readily moved and shared with confidence. As an example, once raw operational data has been collected and processed, or samples obtained and analyzed in the lab, this information may be made available to employees across an organization and to entitled third parties. And the most accessible foundation for such information dissemination and sharing is, of course, the Internet.
Further facilitating this information delivery model is the rapid growth and acceptance of SaaS (Software as a Service), which provides a means for hosting information and applications that can be accessed through a simple web browser, and with significantly reduced IT hardware, software, and support requirements. By combining the strengths of integrated measurement processes with SaaS functionality, timely and cost-effective information development as well as dissemination is available to organizations of all sizes and complexities. Pilot-scale or proof-of-concept evaluations of this approach typically lead to broad acceptance and demonstrable bottom-line benefits.
"Those who do not move do not notice their chains."
~ Rosa Luxemburg, Russian-German political theorist, economist and revolutionary