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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

No matter what size your company is, or which industry it operates in, effective communication is key to the survival of any business. Thankfully for us, there are a plethora of digital tools which facilitate communication within your organisation.

Hands bumping together accompanying the Company Connecting article Invaluable Communication Tools For Your Startup

From small to large scale business activities there are tens of thousands of processes that are technology based without which a business would definitely not be able to cope with the current industry trend. A survey that was conducted a few years ago by the US Small Business Administration revealed that almost 75% of small businesses made significant investment in new technologies to meet burgeoning markets and consumer demands. 

A photo of various ways of communicating accompanying the article Technology and Your Business