Microsoft and Chevron have entered a new partnership to help enable digital transformation at the global energy company.
The deal will see Microsoft become Chevron’s primary cloud provider, and help accelerate the application of technologies around analytics and the internet of things (IoT).
Chevron has launched a digitisation initiative with the aim of streamlining its IT operations. The company wants to better connect its engineers and operations by providing higher levels of analytics and automation.
By adopting Microsoft Azure as its primary cloud platform, Chevron’s IT staff will be able to develop an infrastructure that enables more advanced technologies across the company.
Benefits of the partnership will include optimised exploration, enhanced reservoir management, and better production operations, midstream logistics and marketing operations.
“Chevron has a long history of applying advanced technologies to develop the energy that improves lives and powers the world,” said Bill Braun, chief information officer at Chevron. “We also understand scale, and the cloud at hyper-scale is something we intend to leverage for agility and efficiency. Through this strategic partnership, we believe Chevron will have a competitive advantage. The volumes and velocity of real time data we obtain from the reservoir through refineries to the retail pump grows at a dramatic pace every year. Our Microsoft relationship will advance our high-performance computing, IoT, and help capitalise on innovation in data science and machine learning.”
“With Chevron and Microsoft, intelligent energy meets intelligent cloud,” said Jason Zander, corporate vice president of Microsoft Azure. “Our global cloud infrastructure – which has more regions around the world than any other cloud provider – will enable Chevron to leverage our capabilities across areas like high-performance computing and internet of things to become a truly digital business.”