We are at a tipping point of exponential technological advancement. In the coming years, the internet of things will consist of a trillion sensors, all generating and sharing data. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are no longer science fiction; they are already automating and optimising operations. Digital technologies are driving cost efficiency, providing new revenue opportunities and changing business models. They have the potential to redefine the oil and gas industry.

But the digital transformation is about more than technology. It is also a cultural change, about people and agile ways of working. We employ leading data scientists who unlock value from the data Shell has access to. They work in teams with other experts across our businesses to combine commercial acumen with technical and data expertise. They develop practical solutions, allowing us to learn and improve all the time.

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What drives this digital transformation?

What we see happening in the world today is an explosion of data leading to a radical transformation in information technology. According to the IDC there are 33 Zettabytes of data in the world, this is projected to grow to 175 Zettabytes by 2025. 90% of that data was created in the last 2 years. 80% of it will be unstructured by 2025. And this is transforming how we do our work. These vast data volumes make information more accessible and make algorithms much smarter.

These days our data is no longer about structured tables - it comes from drones, from blockchains, from IoT devices, from documents and of course from videos. In Shell, big data is not new – our robotic subsea inspection videos exceed 7TB, our land seismic surveys are up to 20 petabytes and our marine surveys range from 10-30 TB. To give you an idea of the scale here, a terabyte is about 500 hours of video. Each of our physical assets – from refineries to wind turbines - generate hundreds of thousands of measurements per minute.

There is now an expectation that this data can be processed in near real-time using cloud technologies – and we’ve been growing our capabilities rapidly in this domain. It is the companies who can harness these new data sources using machine learning technology and provide business insights who will be the ones that really make an impact. The ultimate benefit of digital technologies is how they influence decision making, driving business value. For Shell, this becomes critical – the world needs more and cleaner energy solutions.

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Digital technologies are improving the experience of our customers and making Shell a more efficient business. They are increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of our processes by collecting quality data, turning this data into insights and insights into actions that improve the performance of our assets.