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Source: Oman Observer 9/26/2012, Location: Middle East

As part of its commitment to the oil and gas sector, Microsoft took part in the world digital oilfield conference 2012 held in Muscat on September 24 and 25, 2012 under the patronage of Dr Mohammed al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas in Oman. Microsoft introduced its latest technologies and best practices related to the oil and gas industry that will help customers surpass traditional barriers to make better, faster decisions and achieve greater efficiency level.

Tareq Hijazi, Regional Country Manager for Microsoft in Oman and Bahrain said, “We are pleased to participate in such a prominent event to present our latest technologies and best practices before the Gulf’s oil and gas industry leaders.” “We recognise the strategic importance of Oman oil and gas sector to the national, regional and worldwide economies and we are committed to contributing to its success through building strong alliances with Oman Ministry of Oil and Gas, and the Petroleum Development of Oman”.

Welcoming Microsoft’s participation in IDOC 2012, Nasser bin Khamis al Jashmi, Under Secretary at the Ministry of Oil and Gas, Sultanate of Oman, stated: “We are happy to have Microsoft supporting the 3rd IDOC event, participating in the conference sessions, and showcasing their latest products and solutions with our experts and partners. We look forward to benefiting from their expertise, industry know-how and market insights in supporting the vision of the Ministry of Oil and Gas and helping achieve its strategy."

Speaking at the event, Raoul Restucci, Managing Director of Petroleum Development of Oman (PDO) said: “Technology has always played a central role in the value chain of national operators; PDO has a long and successful relationship with Microsoft. We are keen to see that we can maximise our investments with MS by using its latest technology in PDO’s ambitious smart fields programme.”

Presenting Microsoft’s latest cloud computing offering and Windows Azure, Dr Ali Ferling, Worldwide Managing Director for Oil and Gas Industries at Microsoft, explained that the upstream oil and gas industry has been experiencing information overload, consequently upstream operators are calling for a simpler and more unified computing environment to help manage information overload.

“We, at Microsoft, are providing the technology and the framework to make implementing digital oilfields an effective reality. One of our latest frameworks is Microsoft Upstream Reference Architecture. MURA is a set of foundational principles that govern an IT architecture structure for the oil and gas industry. It seeks to deliver the consistency needed to support unification and simplification of upstream IT infrastructure,” he added.

“Cloud computing presents a new opportunity for upstream operator. It will be particularly useful for managing large volume of data like seismic and reservoir. Microsoft Cloud a™lso offers the Azure platform, or ‘Windows in the cloud’ — which developers can use to build applications running on the Windows Azure operating system, or using its Microsoft SQL Azure relational database,” concluded Dr Ferling.

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