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Every office needs a person with significant IT understanding to provide support to employees and to make sure that the office, email platform, wifi network, and any other system your business uses are in place and working correctly. Finding this IT partner can be challenging, as you need to make sure the company you engage with has an understanding of your business and what you do. They need to be willing to maintain your systems and identify improvements that can make a difference to your staff and business. 

Photo of an office accompanying the Company COnnecting article What to Consider When Looking for an IT Partner to Support my Office

Company Connecting asked Graeme Gordon of IFB for his views on technology in the Oil & Gas sector and the impact of the recent downturn. Graeme provides some great insights including a comparison between transferring Oil & Gas assets with transferring Ronaldo!

A photograph of Aberdeen harbour accompanying the article Oil and Gas news: Company Connecting interviews Graeme Gordon of IFB

Company Connecting spoke with Ian Watt of The Data Lab and Code the City to get his insights into technology and the Oil & Gas sector. Ian Watt works on machine learning, AI and data analytics and helps push forward innovative technology solutions.

Earlier this week Company Connecting published an infographic which looks at 289 IT and telecoms companies providing services and products to the Oil & Gas sector. More than half of these companies are in the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshireshire council areas. The industry is of huge importance to the North East of Scotland.  

In conjunction with the infographic we are publishing several articles and interviews offering further insights into technology in the Oil & Gas sector.

Oil and Gas Yard accompanying the Company Connecting article Oil and Gas, A look into the industry

The UK has a thriving oil and gas industry, having extracted close to 44 billion barrels since 1964. Despite (or perhaps because) of the recent downturn, technology companies are becoming incremental in the development of the oil and gas sector. Technology can help to optimise the extraction process as well as increase the overall productivity of the whole sector by implementing digital tools.

PArt of the oil & gas infographic accompanying the  Company Connecting article Insights into tech companies working in Oil & Gas

An Interview with Angus Addlesee of Heriot-Watt university. He talks about his fascinating work into the field of conversational AI and how it can help with the healthcare and mental wellbeing of the elderly.

Companies of all shapes and sizes are collecting and storing data from their customers. Data has become a powerful asset with the ability to bring about digital innovations as well as improving current products and services. With the buzz of new GDPR regulations trying to limit businesses’ use of customer data, more have started to realise the value and potential impact of so-called big data.

An abstract image of AI accompanying the Company Connecting article The Importance of Big Data for your Company

In the early days of starting a company, you won’t have the same resources established business’s can rely on to ensure everything is running smoothly and the business is growing steadily. However, there are plenty of ways in which you can optimise your growth on a budget and this is what we are going to be looking at today. Here are 5 growth hacks you can use to grow your business:

Today we look at startups that are trying to have a positive impact on the world. These five startups work in everything from renewable energy to a company that reuses coffee beans as fuel! Many new companies are trying to change the way we do things. We like to think Company Connecting is one of these companies.

City Skylines accompanying the Company Connecting article 5 Startups Which Are Making a Difference | Company Connecting

In Aberdeen City and Shire here are 284 IT companies in the area, which is very high given the population size. 65% of companies have less than 10 employees, and 20% have more than 20 employees. It is no surprise that Oil & Gas is the top sector, but there is a huge diversity in skills, sectors and business focus of the IT companies in the area. Given the current issues with the Oil & Gas industry, and the diversity of the IT companies in the area, one would expect that the products and services would be transferrable to other sectors.

 

This is a word cloud of the skills in IT companies providing products and services in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire accompanying the article Company Connecting Infographic: IT companies in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire