Graeme Gordon, IFB: Boring Makes Brilliance Happen

Graeme Gordon, CEO at service provider IFB, shares his thoughts on #OE19, energy transition, data and digital transformation.

Headquartered in Aberdeen, IFB, a specialist in connectivity, security and data management, has serviced the oil & gas industry since it began as an ISP more than 20 years ago.

Since the last Offshore Europe in Aberdeen in 2017, IFB has further strengthened its offering to the industry with the recent launch of its 4G North Sea service. This offers 4G LTE network connectivity, allowing customers to connect their platforms and vessels to the internet or back to base, connecting the offshore as if it were onshore.

With SPE Offshore Europe 2019 currently underway at the new P&J Live in Aberdeen – the centre of Europe’s oil and gas industry – the team at IFB has been in attendance throughout the course of the week. Here, the team has gained key insights into the industry under the event’s key theme of ‘Breakthrough to Excellence: Our License to Operate’, with the main talking points being artificial intelligence, energy diversification and the transformation of the workforce.

IFB’s CEO, Graeme Gordon, gives his opinion on the conference, energy transition, data and digital transformation with regards to the changes he sees, the impact on the industry and how IFB plays its part as one of the cogs in the machine:


“I heard recently that the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) is generating and moving more data than Google. For those in the industry, this won’t come as much of a surprise, as it has always been a data rich and data driven environment.

“We really are in an amazing moment in time of a societal change in how we produce and consume energy (energy transition), and the cognates in the industry and beyond being supported by dramatic digital transformation at the same time. While younger organisations have the culture and behaviour to do this, the real time, data driven needs are challenging for any ecosystem, especially one as regulated and aged as part of the Oil & Gas industry. But OE19 seems to show that it’s getting on top of this enormous ask really, really well.

“Here at IFB, we have been delivering and supporting boring digital pipework and platforms for more than 23 years. We combine our services with innovative actual work and experiences with a team that understands and supports digital change and drive. This has always included the analytics, science, real time, on site and remote data management and the delivery of intelligence from all of this – helping transform this and other industries.

“In fact, without our predictably boring reliability much of this really clever stuff wouldn’t work.

“OE19 has been the most digitally smart yet – a smarter event, agenda and content management. And, without a doubt, the most technologically-informed line up of speakers and sessions. This includes the StartUp Village, supported by TechX; the ENGenious Zone, covering Automation AI, Robotics and Smart Communications; and, of course, it’s in P&J Live, the UK’s newest and smartest exhibition and conference space. It’s accommodating 36,000 visitors during the event.

“It’s never been a better time to be boring.”



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