Halliburton-Microsoft Strategic Alliance Hopes To Speed Industry Transformation

A recently formed strategic alliance between Halliburton and Microsoft hopes to speed the digital transformation of the oil and gas industry. Jointly announced by the companies last month, the partnership aims to leverage artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), internet cloud applications, and other breakthrough technologies to drive efficiency improvements and enhance value across exploration and production (E&P) operations.

Jason Zander, corporate vice president of Microsoft Azure, the company’s suite of business cloud services, said, “Halliburton is focused on delivering intelligent cloud solutions to drive the next generation of efficient oil and gas exploration and production. We are excited to bring the power of Azure’s hyperscale, hybrid, and global cloud-platform technologies to this alliance to enhance the value chain for our mutual customers.”

Researchers and engineers from both companies will leverage and optimize Microsoft technologies in machine learning (ML), augmented reality (AR), user interactions, and industrial Internet of Things (IoT), as well as Azure’s high-performance infrastructure and built-in computing capabilities to deliver tightly integrated solutions across the energy value chain.

Areas of collaboration include: applying deep learning to reservoir characterization, modeling and simulation, building domain-specific visualization for mixed reality, creating highly interactive applications, and fueling the digitalization of E&P assets.

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