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Workforce of the Future: Improving Data Analytics & Knowledge Management

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Michelle Lim
» DISA (Digital Innovation, Strategy & Architecture)
Jamree Ismail
» Prod Geoscience Tech Data Consultant
» Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Kuala Lumpur
Impiana KLCC Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

The "Workforce of the Future" will use human expertise together with software expertise to get the best understanding of what is going on - whether specialising in subsurface, production or facilities operation.

Advanced data analytics will be an important component of this - but also modelling what experts in different roles really need to understand.

Workers will have a digital experience which is clear and transparent - where they get the best possible situation awareness and can continually learn.

Our 6th conference in KL will be a showcase for some of the exciting projects happening in Malaysia to do more with data, help it compliment people's expertise, and improve how it is managed.

See the first day agenda here

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8:30 Welcome coffee
9:15 Philip Lesslar - Data solutions consultant

Chairman's introduction

Philip Lesslar is formerly principal consultant, technical assurance, technical data with PETRONAS E&P

9:20 Michelle Lim - DISA (Digital Innovation, Strategy & Architecture)
Graph Databases – Possibilities for Oil & Gas Data

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Michelle is the lead for Advanced Systems in Digital Innovation, Strategy & Architecture at PETRONAS. She specializes in helping businesses become successful through the strategic and innovative use of digital technologies. Her focus areas include IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Knowledge Management, Drones and Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality. She is also serving as the lead for the Data Science Community of Practice in PETRONAS.
Michelle has appeared as a speaker and co-chair at several international conferences. She has written, co-authored, presented and published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed conferences as well. Prior to joining PETRONAS, she was actively involved in the creation of proof of concepts and solutions for various government and private sectors.

PETRONAS was incorporated on 17 August 1974 as the national oil company of Malaysia, vested with the entire ownership and control of the petroleum resources in the country. It has since grown from merely being the manager and regulator of Malaysia's upstream sector into a fully integrated oil and gas corporation, ranked among the FORTUNE Global 500® largest corporations in the world.
9:50 Jamree Ismail - Prod Geoscience Tech Data Consultant
Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd
Integrating surface and subsurface data in a 'composite map' using Spotfire

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Talk Description.
- Putting together a 'composite map' which integrates surface and subsurface data on one template, connecting directly to corporate databases, using Spotfire
- Data covered includes a map of the reservoir, production bubbles, surface well test integrity dashboard, well status, reservoir pressure and reservoir parameters.
- It can be used for reservoir performance review.
- By 'virtualising' the data it can help data managers keep on top of data integrity in company databases.
Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) is a dynamic, world-class company and one of the biggest energy companies in Asia. We have a long history in Brunei of more than 87 years and we are at the leading edge of technology. We put safety and environment at the heart of everything we do and invest in the people and community of Brunei.
10:20 Jane McConnell - Industry Consultant - Oil and Gas
The rules of subsurface analytics: best practices learned in the field

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An experienced Information Management consultant with excellent analytical skills, Jane has focused on Information Management in Upstream Oil and Gas since 2000.
With many years of experience inside Landmark and Schlumberger Information Solutions, Jane has had exposure to most O&G software applications and data management strategies, and has detailed knowledge of the current IM offerings in the Oil and Gas space.
A desire to bring the best of modern data management tools and technologies into Upstream Oil and Gas triggered Jane's move to Teradata, the leaders in Enterprise Data Warehousing.

Teradata helps companies get more value from data than any other company. Our big data analytics solutions and team of experts can help your company gain a sustainable competitive advantage with data. Teradata helps organizations leverage all of their data so they can know more about their business and do more of what's really important. With more than 10,000 professionals in 43 countries, Teradata serves top companies across oil and gas, utilities, automotive, financial services, healthcare, communication, sconsumer goods, and more. A future-focused company, Teradata is recognized by industry analysts for technological excellence, sustainability, ethics, and business value. Visit
10:50 Coffee
11:20 Kalel Khusahry - senior manager
Embrace the digital journey by rewiring the workforce today

Mr. Kalel Khusahry is a Senior Manager with Accenture, Kuala Lumpur. He leads the Talent & Organization Practice here in KL and he is also the Management Consulting Capability lead. His work focuses on helping clients with HR, talent management and transformational change management. He is passionate about people development and is also a keen rock and roll fan.

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions - underpinned by the world's largest delivery network - Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 459,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at
11:40 Dr Jeff Bannister - senior consultant
Orbitage on behalf of MOGSC
The people behind digitisation: Competencies required to make it work

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Talk Description.
- Review of competencies required for effective ICT and digitisation in oil and gas
- Presenting an oil and gas digital competency framework with core skills for foundation, intermediate and advanced levels developed together with MOGSC
- Case studies of how the competency framework can be applied both in recruitment, training and career roadmaps
- Helping HR departments understand ICT staffing needs – managing communication with technical departments
Dr Jeffrey Bannister is senior consultant and CTO at Orbitage. A native of Ireland, he received his PhD in telecommunications from Trinity College, Dublin. He has been a lecturer, research fellow and course developer at Dublin Institute of Technology, Temasek Polytechnic Singapore, and Trinity Colleage in Dublin.

He has assisted a number of high profile organisations and government agencies in reskilling and upskilling technical staff as these organisations implement digital transformation plans. This has involved competence identification, job role profiling and competence gap analysis.

He is an active member of the MOGSC Competency and Training Working Group (CTWG), where he has been involved in driving development of a competency framework.

Orbitage on behalf of MOGSC
The Malaysian Oil & Gas Services Council or MOGSC was formed on 1st December 2003, as an initiative to establish an association driven and promoted by the services sector of the Malaysian Oil & Gas Industry.
12:10 Panel discussion with all morning speakers
12:30 Lunch
13:28 Karl Jeffery - Editor
Digital Energy Journal
Afternoon chairman's introduction

Karl Jeffery is editor of Digital Energy Journal and managing director of Future Energy Publishing, which also publishes Tanker Operator magazine and Carbon Capture Journal. He was previously co-founder and editor of Digital Ship Ltd, a publishing company focussing on IT in the shipping sector. He has a BEng in chemical engineering from Nottingham University

Digital Energy Journal
Founded in 2006, Digital Energy Journal is the world's leading magazine for digital technology in the upstream oil and gas industry, covering developments in exploration, drilling and production, covering IT infrastructure, software, automation and people. We produce 6 issues per year, distributed by print and pdf, and an e-mail newsletter every Friday
13:30 Somasundaram Nagappan - Head, Strategic Partnership, Data Economy Division
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation
Malaysia at the forefront of Data Economy: An overview of the National Big Data Analytics Initiative

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Soma is with the Digital Economy Division of MDEC, a federal agency entrusted to develop, coordinate, and promote Malaysia’s digital economy, ICT industry, and the adoption of digital technology amongst Malaysians.
His key role is to lead the establishment and execution of Strategic Partnerships in the areas of Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Internet of Things (IoT).

In addition, Soma’s functions are to develop, recommend and oversee the implementation of policies, strategies, initiatives and programmes that will lead to the proliferation of the usage of BDA & IoT in the private sector and catalyse the adoption & usage of BDA in the public sector as well as build the BDA industry in Malaysia.

Soma was instrumental in setting up the ASEAN Data Analytics eXchange (ADAX), a regional platform that brings together innovative talent development models and showcase the latest BDA technologies. Through ADAX, MDEC aims to pilot advanced data analytics use cases for the ASEAN region and provide a co-working location for BDA start-ups and accelerators, thus positioning Malaysia as a regional BDA hub.

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation
MDEC upholds a strong focus on driving the inclusive adoption of digital solutions. Our aim is to mobilise a future generation that is equipped with the relevant skills to thrive in a digital economy and are excited to be active participants in its growth.
14:00 Dr Farouk Abdullah - chief data scientist
ASEAN Data Analytics Exchange
The challenges of becoming a data driven organisation

Farouk is an analytics thought leader with more than 15 years experience of delivering strategic and operational analytics initiatives in the UK Financial Services, Retail, Energy, Telecoms and Media sectors.

Proven track record of building and leading analytics teams that deliver to business strategy. He specialises in the design, delivery and operational management of customer insight, supply chain, HR, digital and operational analytics capabilities for leading B2C and B2B organisations. Farouk is passionate about the application of data analytics in the optimisation of the customer experience which inadvertently contribute to increased revenue and costs reduction.

Farouk has delivered large analytics programmes in FTSE 100 companies such as BSkyB, SSE and Bank of Scotland Retail and latterly was a senior manager in Deloitte Digital where he led the telecoms and media practice. He joined Astro Malaysia as VP, Head of Data and Analytics prior joining the Asean Data and Analytics Exchange (ADAX) as Chief Data Scientist.

ASEAN Data Analytics Exchange
ADAX is an initiative by MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation) to enable businesses, governments, academia and professionals to rapidly adopt Data Analytics as a tool to empower decision making and innovation. ADAX seeks to be the definitive Data Analytics Exchange Hub for knowledge, information, resources and collaboration for the ASEAN region. The main goal of ADAX is to develop the ecosystem, build a critical mass of talent pool in the big Data Analytics category and to foster collaboration amongst businesses, start-ups, academia and professionals so that Data Analytics becomes an integral part of business innovation and decision making
14:30 Philip Lesslar - Data solutions consultant

Opportunity landscape for data scientists

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Philip Lesslar is formerly principal consultant, technical assurance, technical data with PETRONAS E&P

15:00 Multiple -
Panel Discussion
Panel discussion for afternoon speakers

Used for panel discussions

Panel Discussion
This is part of our agenda where Finding Petroleum has a panel discussion.
15:30 Coffee - close
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