First of all the Military Command & Control Metaphor is not just for the Joint Operating Committee. Although we have discussed it in terms of just the JOC, there is nothing stopping the firm from using the organizational overlay within the firm. This also applies to the Work Order system. These two tools would provide the firm with the ability to ensure that tasks were assigned and completed as budgeted and execution was consistent with the firms expectations. Recall by the use of these systems, it is understood that no other work is undertaken without the ability to charge time or costs to a Work Order. Effectively ensuring that no unauthorized projects are undertaken. The Work Order system would also provide the internal control necessary to ensure that the appropriate people necessary to achieve the governance are assigned to approved projects and are capable of meeting the requirements of the tasks. When “things” go wrong it’s usually at the beginning and having that “governance” information available is the objective of this capability.
When we talk about the firms and Joint Operating Committees internal controls, they seem to me to be a lost art in the tool kit of today’s management. The ability to set up a control to trigger a warning that something is happening that is inconsistent with normal policies, has been used more in the past then they seem to be used today. The power of technology seems to go hand in hand with internal controls. I think they provide a strong method of governance that should be built into the People, Ideas & Objects governance area of the Compliance & Governance module. That is to say that a section be devoted to building database “triggers” and “stored procedures” that are used by the firm to monitor areas of the firms activities. These of course being available to those individuals with the appropriate authority to access the data and information necessary to run the queries, and to fully appreciate the art and science of internal controls.
The Preliminary Specification provides the oil and gas producer with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in these user defined software developments. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy.