Friday, September 21, 2018

Third Friday


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Innovation and the Production Profile

A few days ago we discussed how the Preliminary Specification provides the foundation of an innovative oil and gas industry and producer firm. The role that innovation will take in the oil and gas industry will define the percentage level at which a producer will be able to produce their production profile. A highly profitable producer who has 50% of their production profile shut-in may not appear as attractive as the one that is able to produce at 100% of their production profile. The difference between the two firms will be the earth science and engineering capabilities that are being deployed on each of their assets and the level of innovations being developed and implemented. If both of these producers have the capacity to produce 100,000 boe / day, then the profitability of the producer at 100% capacity will be more than double of what the producer at 50% would be. The question that many people have is why doesn’t the producer who is producing at 50% capacity just increase to full production? The answer is that their profitability would be eliminated and they would be incurring a substantial loss as a result of that 50% of their capacity costs more than the commodity prices the market provides. In this environment it would be easy to discern who were the leaders in the industry which contrasts today’s industry where it is difficult, if not impossible, to determine who is the genius and who is making it up as they go.

With the Preliminary Specifications decentralized production models price maker strategy all of the producers costs become variable. With the service providers charging the fees for their services directly to the Joint Operating Committee based on the activity at the property. If there is no production none of the data that triggers the service providers to conduct their processes are generated and hence no work is conducted and no billing is issued. No revenues, royalties, operating costs or overhead are incurred as a result at the property which therefore incurs a null operation. No profit but also no loss. We’ll get to the depletion of the specific property in a minute. While in the producers inventory of shut-in properties these unprofitable properties will become the innovative focus and priority of the earth science and engineering capabilities of the producers. Enabling the property to either increase its throughput, reduce its costs or expand its reserves which will return it to profitable operation. These innovations will coincidentally reduce the marginal cost of the commodities that are produced by the industry providing the lowest, profitable prices possible to the consumer.

Throughout our discussion, People, Ideas & Objects have suggested that the Preliminary Specification will employ an accelerated depletion schedule. Retiring the capital costs incurred by the property within the subsequent 30 month period. Therefore each month there would be an equal charge for the retirement of that capital on each property to account for. Note this would be a unique calculation for each producer, and the depletion of the capital costs is not a charge to the Joint Operating Committee. Taking 1/30 of the initial capital costs as depletion would be made each month that there was production. During those months that there was no production, as a result of being shut-in, there has been no depletion of the reserves, therefore it is reasonable for the producer to account for no depletion that month either. Making all of the producers cost at that Joint Operating Committee variable. Subject to the producer firm fitting their total of property, plant and equipment under their ceiling test. Which in theory would not become an issue due to the fact that none of the unprofitable reserves were produced and are still supporting their capital costs in terms of qualification under the ceiling test. Note too, that the most competitive producers would have eliminated the majority of their property, plant and equipment account due to producing at the higher percentage of their production profile.

Therefore the focus on the key competitive advantages of the dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable producer are what will make them the most profitable and prosperous. Those competitive advantages are simply their earth science and engineering capabilities, and their land and asset base. Nothing more and nothing less. Administration and accounting are not the competitive advantage of any of the producers and by moving these resources out of the producers into the independent service providers provides the conversion of all of the costs of the producers properties into variable costs based on production. Making it profitable for the producer to shut-in those properties that are not profitable as a result of too low of commodity prices. Enabling them to save those shut-in reserves for a time when they can be produced profitably. Not subsequently having those unprofitable properties having to perform higher in order to offset the losses that would have been incurred if they were produced unprofitably. Increasing the producers overall profitability as a result of the losses that would have otherwise been incurred no longer diluting their profitable properties. And lastly, enabling the commodity markets to find the marginal costs each month based on the market response of each producer making the independent decisions to produce or not based on each individual properties accounting information of its profitability.

This is an important role for innovation to take in the profitability of the producer firm and the properties that are owned. It is also an important role for which the consumer will realize the lowest possible commodity prices that will sustain and allow the oil and gas industry to prosper. If the demands for capital range in the $20 to $40 trillion for the next 25 years the question has to be asked who will provide those resources? It is this methodology of the Preliminary Specification that ensures the capital costs are appropriately retrieved from the consumers and the industry remains profitable everywhere and always as a means to secure the long term supply of oil and gas. What right do we have to produce oil and gas unprofitably today? How will we justify this current excessive unprofitable consumption to the future consumers of oil and gas? Innovation in oil and gas is an important role in the industry, the producer, the consumer and society in general. An industry and producer that continues to dump more and more oil and gas production on to the markets with little to no understanding of the impact on the commodity prices, will not be justified or accepted much longer in my opinion.

The Preliminary Specification, our user community and service providers provide for a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas industry with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. Setting the foundation for profitable North America’s energy independence. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in our future Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will fund these user defined software developments. It is through the process of issuing our ICO that we are leading the way in which creative destruction can be implemented within the oil and gas industry. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy. And don’t forget to join our network on Twitter @piobiz anyone can contact me at 403-200-2302 or email here.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Commercialization of Shale

What is the assumption that has led our good friends the bureaucrats to continue to produce these unproductive and unprofitable assets? Faith, fairy tales or do they just believe! Note I’m using the term unproductive in the sense that it builds no value. Why does a producer, and to the larger question an industry, consistently produce at a loss without any action being taken on behalf of the firm or industry to correct the situation and stem those losses? To repeat, it has been a decade for natural gas and well over three years for oil and nothing has happened anywhere by anyone to remedy this situation. Reading quarterly reports shows the deterioration and damage that the industry has sustained is tragic, comprehensive and now complete. There is little time left before we’ll be unable to take back control of this on our terms. The point of this is to show that each of the producers will continue to overproduce and the prices realized by all the properties will be inadequate for anyone anywhere to earn a “real” profit. This is the future of the industry. It’s what I’ve said for a while now. The solution is the Preliminary Specification. It defies faith, fairy tales and just believing as much as you possibly can.

The time necessary to remedy this issue is well beyond the next quarter. What has been generated over the course of 40 years will not be remedied with a few accounting adjustments here and there. It will be hard work to convert the industry from the systemic culture that exists today. A culture that believes the value of the business is reflected in the property, plant and equipment account of the producer firms. If a producer was highly profitable with no assets other than a healthy amount of working capital they would be highly competitive and worth substantially more. An accounting configuration such as that would show that they’re profitable even after recognizing all of their costs. A complete contrast to the situation that we see today where there is no working capital and assets bloated beyond all reason.

Reading what the media and analysts have to say about the producers places me in the Twilight Zone. Their focus on cash flow is the traditional way to analyze an oil and gas producer and one of the primary distractions as to why we’ve been able to get into this pickle. Yes the cash flows of the producers are impressive when compared to the paychecks of the media and analysts personnel. However when compared to the level of investment made by the investors and bankers, and understanding the accounting sleight of hand with overstated assets, earnings and cash flow that we’ve documented here many times before. These levels of cash flow in the producers are inadequate to impress those that matter. Oil and gas is not a business it’s a function of spending money to find oil and gas reserves at any cost. There is nothing that comes after this statement. It just stops, there is nothing more that is ever done in the industry. That one sentence is the summation of the entire producers scope of activity.

We’ve also heard of the predictions from media and analysts that commodity prices will spring to life in 2019. They never go into any detail as to why or how, if they do provide any reason it is usually refuted by the market the following day. We noted last week the Canadian differentials in both oil and gas were quite handsome. Making the bureaucrats at the Canadian producers qualify for the participation ribbons that I’ve somehow run out of. I won’t be buying anymore even though these producers have certainly earned them. These differentials have also been systemic in the natural gas prices for the Marcellus area for years. In the Permian for both oil and gas for the better part of the last year. In each of these cases they’re reflecting the lack of pipeline capacity to remove the excess supply from each of those regions. Eventually those pipeline constraints will be lifted and those differentials eliminated so that those properties will receive the higher global and continental prices. Yet, no one is asking what happens then. When these pipeline constrained markets release their excess production onto the global and continental markets; will those prices then be depressed as a result of the increased supply.

What if producers were to shut-in the excess production today and ensured that only truly profitable production was produced? And profitable on the basis of a different methodology of accounting. Shale is expensive from a capital cost point of view with its multilateral, multi-frac operations being conducted on a much higher frequency than what conventional wells require. So if a producer re-enters a shale well to drill more laterals and conduct additional frac’s does that mean all of the capital costs that were incurred in the initial drilling and completion have been depleted? I can assure you that such foolishness would never occur. “Never has and never will,” the bureaucrat would argue. “There are many trillions of cubic feet of gas and billions of barrels of oil that those capital costs were allocated too remaining in the shale formations. It would be ludicrous to diminish the size of the balance sheet on that basis.” The methodology of capturing these capital costs needs to be better understood in the industry today. What’s been done for 40 years has been woefully inadequate, unacceptable and created the issues we have today. To continue in this vein with high cost, high throughput and the high decline rates of shale cannot be managed on that old basis of doing business either. Shale may even need to have its own methodology that has the capital costs captured in each phase of the wells operations. Only then will shale become commercial.

It comes down to the differing perspectives of the amounts held in property, plant and equipment. Are they assets or costs? The Preliminary Specification takes the accounting point of view that they’re costs that should flow to the income statement on a relatively quick basis. The SEC allows the assets to bloat as high as the commodity prices times the reserves of the producer. This is an accounting treatment that is inconsistent with good business practices. Yet each and every producer seeks to reach that SEC prescribed level each year. This SEC requirement is nothing more than the maximum amount allowable. The effect of this policy on producers is that it consumes cash at ferocious rate and because these capital costs are then depleted over decades, in most instances, withholds that cash from reuse for the life of the business. Producers need to recognize the capital costs of past production by releasing these amounts of property, plant and equipment into the income statement as depletion on a rapid basis. Then the cash that has been tied up in the firm will be released for use once again. And the producer can redeploy that capital over and over again without having to dilute their investors each year. Of course this all assumes that the producer is charging the consumer enough for their product that the increase in capital costs are covered by the commodity prices that are realized. My assumption of course is that the Preliminary Specifications decentralized production models price maker strategy is deployed throughout the industry in order to realize those profitable commodity prices.

The Preliminary Specification, our user community and service providers provide for a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas industry with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. Setting the foundation for profitable North America’s energy independence. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in our future Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will fund these user defined software developments. It is through the process of issuing our ICO that we are leading the way in which creative destruction can be implemented within the oil and gas industry. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy. And don’t forget to join our network on Twitter @piobiz anyone can contact me at 403-200-2302 or email here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Role of Innovation

One of the key attributes of the Preliminary Specification is that it places the producer and entire oil and gas industry on a strong foundation to enable innovation. What People, Ideas & Objects know from our research is that innovation is a defined and replicable process within organizations. Producers and the industry need to be structured to enable and facilitate innovation and that is what the Preliminary Specification does. Whereas Apple is structured to facilitate innovation, other firms such as Kmart wouldn’t know how to spell the word. Oil and gas claims to be innovative. And to a certain extent that is true, it is an industry operated by engineers who are inherently innovative as a result of the engineering discipline being a process of innovation. However innovation requires a different mindset than the one that’s employed in oil and gas today. There is a well worn path of those people who have come from the service industry with ideas and products that would be useful to the industry and producers to employ. Companies such as Packers Plus and the coil tubing providers who were able to bring about their innovative products and services. Only to have the door slammed in their faces repeatedly by the producers and industry for well over a decade in most cases. Therefore the capacity to innovate remains in the Jurassic period in terms of the uptake in oil and gas.

If the standard today is that it takes a single idea to produce a barrel of oil. The standard in the industry may soon rise to ten ideas to produce that same barrel of oil. And then in an equally short period of time it will require one hundred ideas. To imagine what those ideas are and where they’ll be needed are unknown and unknowable at this time. We now live in a world of ideas and it’s time that oil and gas producers continue to move the industry forward with innovations as part of the 21st century. Ideas are what brought us to this point in terms of our standard of living, it will be ideas that takes us to the next level from here. It will also be, as a nation, the largest consumer of oil and gas that will be the most prosperous. Therefore the demand for ideas from the producers will need to expand significantly in order to keep North America the home of the most prosperous of nations. When we discuss oil and gas it’s always just the little issues and tiny aspects of our lives that are involved.

This vision of an industry based on ideas is not far from the basis of how the industry operates today. It is reputed to be second only to the space industry in terms of its complexity and difficulty. Nonetheless it is wholly incapable of operating in an environment where there are orders of magnitude more ideas being generated, refuted, proven and used. The producer organizations are nowhere near the structure necessary to enable and facilitate innovation. The service industry, where most of the innovations have always come from, will also need to be a major participant in the innovativeness of the producers. Therefore, once People, Ideas & Objects learned that innovation were organizationally dependent in August 2003, and that the Joint Operating Committee was the ideal organizational construct of the dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas producer and industry. We undertook ten years of research necessary to determine what the industry and producer would need to look like to facilitate the profitability and innovation necessary for the 21st century. This work was published in December 2013 as the Preliminary Specification.

The specific modules within the Preliminary Specification that facilitate and enable the majority of the producers innovativeness are the Resource Marketplace, Research & Capabilities and Knowledge & Learning modules. These are deeply embedded within the producer organization and Joint Operating Committees to enable the generation, testing and deployment of the ideas necessary for the producer to thrive in this new oil and gas industry that we’ve described. There are also other elements such as the Work Order that facilitates collaboration across the industry in ways that are necessary to expand the scope and scale of understanding in the earth science and engineering disciplines of oil and gas exploration and production.

But maybe the current producers have it right today. They’ll eventually stumble upon the best ways to expand their profitability and innovativeness through their current strategy of “muddling along” and operating procedure of “doing nothing.” Given that natural gas prices have only been depressed for a decade and oil for almost four years. Where still no resolution is discussed or considered anywhere within the industry itself. It will only take hope and prayers that soon these difficult questions of innovativeness and profitability will all come together on their own.

The Preliminary Specification, our user community and service providers provide for a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas industry with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. Setting the foundation for profitable North America’s energy independence. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in our future Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will fund these user defined software developments. It is through the process of issuing our ICO that we are leading the way in which creative destruction can be implemented within the oil and gas industry. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy. And don’t forget to join our network on Twitter @piobiz anyone can contact me at 403-200-2302 or email here.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Bureaucratic Persistence is Remarkable

Then there’s the scenario where I’m proven wrong and the industry doesn’t melt down. And oil and gas prices stay where they are. If oil and gas exploration and production were a drain on cash when oil prices were $74, is this as good as it’s ever going to get? Here in Calgary, which is an oil and gas town built on the 1870’s model of a one industry town / soon to be ghost town. Downtown office space is alleged to have a vacancy rate as high as 25 to 30%. Which has shifted the cities tax burden from those lucrative downtown office structures and tossed it on top of all the other businesses in the city. You can follow on with the decline in employment, wages and retail sales in the city on the basis of 30% of the jobs being axed. Times are not that healthy and yet no one’s expecting anything from the oil and gas industry in terms of opportunities or upturn. The bureaucrats have achieved a balance in terms of harmony in their daily lives where they’re never harassed by expectations or demands to perform.

The media have taken a different perspective on the world since the 2016 election. This perspective seems to have involved the oil and gas industry too as there is nothing so rosy and optimistic than what’s occurring today. Producers are not direct advertisers in their media businesses however they are a primary industry that generate activity in many sub industries. It’s probably not wise to criticise the producers in case they have the service and other industry advertisements put in jeopardy. The media wouldn’t want to end up like any blogger that we know.

Who’ll rescue the industry from this self inflicted malais. When oil prices collapsed in 1986 this type of depression era economic thinking continued well into 2004. This being our third year I guess we have fifteen more to go. The differences today are two fold. One is the natural gas prices have been completely destroyed by overproduction. Both sides of the business are now unable to carry the freight. Usually at least one had been doing well enough to get along fine. The second difference in today’s market is that the investors and bankers have discovered that they were the fool’s with the money that were being suckered into believing the financial statements of the producers. This enabled the producers to issue stock offerings annually that ensured the bureaucrats were handsomely compensated for the work they didn’t do.

What is surprising to almost everyone is the frantic level of activity coming out of the producers to address this malaise. Nothing, it’s the dead zone in terms of even addressing the issue. “Everything is just grand and we discovered another 8 tcf of gas last quarter.” As I stated yesterday, it’s probably necessary to have this crisis in the third quarter of 2018. Then we’ll be able to clear out the problem when the bureaucrats do slip out the back door. The question remains who will fund the development of the Preliminary Specification. Ours seems to be the only idea in the industry that addresses the specific oversupply and overproduction issue with any kind of resolution. Sure, it's expensive and it will take a while to develop. I don’t see too many people arguing about the time and cost that is being incurred by the bureaucrats doing nothing. At least we provide an upside with a value proposition of $25.7 to $45.7 trillion in incremental revenues for the North American producers in the next 25 years. We know that the bureaucrats have no plans, based on prior behavior, for the next fifteen years. What do you have to lose by building the Preliminary Specification?

We can continue on in the mode of the bureaucrats. Oil and gas does generate substantial cash flow due to it being a capital intensive industry. Those cash flows will always be rich enough to fuel the needs of the bureaucrats. And that is why this downturn is almost a decade since the collapse of natural gas prices. There is no sense of urgency, there is no issue evident to those in power, their fine. Their only concern is the transition between robust personal cash flow and the need to exit to get to greener pastures.

There really is no need for anyone to have any concern whatsoever for the millions of people who are directly and indirectly affected by the financial health of the oil and gas industry. These millions of people who include the employees of the producers who have been laid off, and those that have to fill the void at the producers today. They may have a job but for how long and working in fear is not what they went to university, have 2 kids and a mortgage in jeopardy for. The service industries are being bled to death through accounts payable hell. Not being paid for up to 18 months, and being employed only half the time is not what they spent their life savings on. Those that benefit from the royalties paid by producers don’t receive their fair share and “they” being mostly governments have to either scale back on other services or increase taxes. And the taxes that the producers, employees, service industry and others who are either not working, working part-time or having to settle for smaller royalty or business income and as a result not paying as much tax as if the oil and gas industry was a little more constructive. But we hear from them that their primary concern is for the health, welfare and of course the financial benefit of the bureaucrat who sit on the top of the food chain.

After all there have been 5 good years in oil and gas out of the last 32. What do people expect? That’s the way the business is operated. All the money that is ever spent sits in property, plant and equipment for decades at a time. Allowing the bureaucrats to pass on what little costs are incurred in terms of electricity for the pump jacks on to the oil and gas consumer. “Investors and banks always makeup the cash shortfall in the business and although they're not around today, they’ll see the wisdom of our drilling technologies.” This unfortunately is the culture of the oil and gas industry. It has slowly evolved into this over the past four decades. There is no sense of purpose but to drill wells. Financial people are there to pay the bills. It’s a culture that hasn’t grasped the issue that the industry is in, and after all that happened it is fair to conclude that we have not grasped how perfect the bureaucrats personal business model is. I honestly don’t know how this could continue. Cash is the same as the gasoline that you put in your car. The persistence in ignoring reality is quite remarkable.

The Preliminary Specification, our user community and service providers provide for a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas industry with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. Setting the foundation for profitable North America’s energy independence. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in our future Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will fund these user defined software developments. It is through the process of issuing our ICO that we are leading the way in which creative destruction can be implemented within the oil and gas industry. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy. And don’t forget to join our network on Twitter @piobiz anyone can contact me at 403-200-2302 or email here.

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Great Migration Begins

The value of the reserves that have been discovered by the producer firms. The pristine nature of the assets that are unquestionably state of the art in terms of the applied science of engineering. These are the focus and attention of the bureaucrats today. They’re feigning not understanding the argument that People, Ideas & Objects are asserting. By drilling more wells, more reserves are being exposed to enhance the producers deliverability. Why doesn’t that blogger get that? Well I do and I’ve fought that logic since the late 1970’s. That and the logic it's all about cash flow. Spend money, find reserves, produce, generate cash flow. Rinse and repeat. That is the oil and gas business and anything outside of these activities are unnecessary and not of any interest. If a firm was filled with village idiots there financial statements would not be much different than the firm that was stocked full of the best oil men and women available. Big bloated balances of property, plant and equipment. And whatever revenue that was generated was pure profit. Genius’ all of them.

There used to be another step or process in the oil and gas business but that seems to have faded from memory as a result of disuse. That process was raise capital from the markets. No one is buying what these producers are selling anymore and the producers have had to live off of their “cash flow.” Hence the producers cash will run out by the end of this year. There are a number of mergers being undertaken at this time but those are all being done on the basis of stock, no cash. Just have to convince the shareholders that hanging on to that other drowning swimmer we’re merging with is a good long term strategy. Those fortunate producers who have mid-stream operations are trying to sell those businesses. There seems to be some takers enabling those producers to live off of that cash for a quarter or two. The only solution to the lack of cash. The only source of cash that is large enough to solve this problem on a long term, sustained basis, i.e. trillions of dollars, is to start charging the consumer for the cost of oil and gas exploration and production. The way to do that is to implement the Preliminary Specifications decentralized production models price maker strategy. There are not enough investors, bankers, governments or mythic creatures large enough and with enough cash to solve this problem.

If investors gave up years ago. And if as I mentioned yesterday, John Q Public doesn’t listen to bureaucrats anymore because they don’t believe them now, just like they didn’t believe them last year, etc. This warm summer of peaceful bliss maybe about to end, violently for our very good friends the bureaucrats. The only attention producers may be able to garner is the spectacle of a big bad crash of faith in their industry. It seems September and October are the times in which crashes, 1987 and 2008, happen. Look at that, if we add the .com meltdown of 2000 it seems an industry crashes every decade. 1987 was Wall Street, 2000 IT, 2008 Real Estate and Auto, 2018… I can’t think of another industry who fits this timeframe that is in such desperate financial condition. Retail is certainly bad now but when they fail they go out of business. They don’t issue financial statements that keep investors investing for several more decades so that they can keep paying the bureaucrats. They just go out of business. Usually you can get some good deals then too. Maybe what retail should do is learn from the oil and gas bureaucrats and just start capitalizing all of the merchandise that flows through the store. Think of the profitability!

The Trump economy is booming like no other. And in my opinion this is only the start. Which is a very good thing for our friends the bureaucrats. When the fan does get clogged they’ll quietly slip out the back door with all the other bureaucrats. That way no one will notice and no one will remember their names. On to new frontiers in new industries in the new Trump economy. Finally some fresh excitement they’ll think. And I would agree with them on the point about the excitement, that is until they get back into control and power and stifle any initiative there too. What is that saying you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. It applies to oil and gas today as well. These bureaucrats are hopeless. They’ve never considered anything other than themselves in this entire process. I don’t receive the treatment with the baseball bats out back by the dumpster anymore. They don’t laugh or spit at me either. In fact we seem to be at a complete stand still. Not that it was a dynamic relationship at any point along this journey. Not one producer has ever called me to ask about the Preliminary Specification and what they could do. It’s not that they don’t know what’s been going on, they know what’s going on and just wanted to protect their franchise for as long as possible.

The Preliminary Specification, our user community and service providers provide for a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas industry with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. Setting the foundation for profitable North America’s energy independence. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in our future Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will fund these user defined software developments. It is through the process of issuing our ICO that we are leading the way in which creative destruction can be implemented within the oil and gas industry. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy. And don’t forget to join our network on Twitter @piobiz anyone can contact me at 403-200-2302 or email here.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

That's What You Said Two Years Ago

I’m finding that people’s memories have been etched with the chronic behaviors of the producers. The endless cycle of better times by this time next year, only to be replaced by the same promise the following year. Has created a cynical attitude in the public towards the producers. Most people understand, somewhat intuitively, that if you stopped overproducing then higher commodity prices would provide for a healthier industry. This apparently seems difficult to comprehend when drilling wells is the full scope of the business. Maybe the bureaucrats have it right and we’re being the fools as no one is expecting anything from them. They can just carry on in obscurity with no one the wiser or caring much what happens. The question that people should ask is why are we short changing our future by producing unprofitable oil and gas today? Producers expand their reserves, because that’s where the value is, except they’re never able to produce them profitably. So although they discover a resource that has monetary value it does not provide for a commercial operation. Given an abundance of investment and banker dollars any fool will stumble across something of value, eventually. Making it a profitable venture is a fundamentally different exercise that requires effort and skill. This has not been the case for four decades, rehabilitation can only come about through implementation of the Preliminary Specification.

I’m seeing discussion regarding the phenomenal cost control being exercised in the industry. The overall innovation throughout the industry and specific application of Artificial Intelligence that’s leading the industry forward onto a new frontier! I didn’t believe it either. In addition to the chronic unprofitability that has plagued the industry for four decades. That until recently was backfilled by an investor and banker who now realize they were duped through highly questionable accounting. That situation triggering the investor and banker strike that has been ongoing for three years. Which has created the cash crisis that now exists in the industry. What you have now, as represented by our sample of 23 producers, are bloated balance sheets totalling $489 billion in property, plant and equipment and working capital consisting of $7 billion. It seems like one of those numbers is disproportionate to the other. But I checked they’re correct. Maybe the theory that a business needs cash is not valid anymore in the 21st century. When a company ran out of cash it was usually a disaster, but that won’t happen to the oil and gas producers, they’re special.

In terms of oil prices hope springs eternal. But the fly in the ointment has to be the Saudi’s again. Having rehabilitated the market as constructively as they did in the past few years. The purposes of which were twofold, to prepare for the IPO of Saudi Aramco which demanded higher prices and to educate North American producers regarding the economic principles of price makers. As we see with the critical low balance of working capital, obtained in an environment of $74 oil I might add. There is no educating these producers. Just check how long this blog has been consistently publishing. The key point here is that the Saudis have now somewhat permanently pulled the IPO of Saudi Aramco. What is it that they’ll do next? If you think that they will continue to support the price, you haven’t been paying attention, they’ve already cancelled their production sharing agreement and there are two ways to educate the North American producers. By increasing oil prices and decreasing oil prices. Maybe North American producers will learn their lessons through the bankruptcy process.

This not so rosy situation is in contrast to the potential good news in the natural gas side of the business. It's been a decade since the collapse of those prices. The opportunity is showing itself through the inability to refill the storage volumes. They have now broken through the five year average and are expected to be around 3.2 tcf as opposed to almost 4.0 tcf last year. Might I suggest that the natural gas inventories are now moot. When gas deliverability was constrained by conventional reserves, high levels of inventory were necessary to meet winter demand. The same situation exists today however the natural gas deliverability is constrained by pipelines that don’t currently exist. Not the reserves necessary to provide the market. A different and temporary situation. One I don’t think is going to make any difference in the natural gas market. Particularly when the natural gas producers were saying in late 2016 that shale gas was reaching its maximum deliverability at approximately 43 bcf / day. And indeed did decline over the next few months to as low as 41.5 bcf / day. Heralding a new market for natural gas prices. Except for the chronic drilling and overproduction that we all know and love from these bureaucrats who have now attained daily production of shale gas of just over 55 bcf.

The one fact that we can be certain of in natural gas is that none of the conventional or shale gas is produced profitably. And that’s based on the specious accounting that the bureaucrats have used for the past four decades to scam the investors. Using a constructive accounting methodology we also know that none of the oil that’s been produced has been profitable either. The fact is all oil and gas production in North America is consuming cash. I don’t see how that would qualify as profitable, but the bureaucrats have reported that our sample of 23 producers were profitable to the tune of $9.2 billion for the first half of 2018. I guess the good news for 2018 was those $9.2 billion in profits only consumed $11.5 billion in cash and $11.9 billion in working capital. With $7 billion in working capital as of June 30, 2018 how much time do you have?

The Preliminary Specification, our user community and service providers provide for a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas industry with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. Setting the foundation for profitable North America’s energy independence. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in our future Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will fund these user defined software developments. It is through the process of issuing our ICO that we are leading the way in which creative destruction can be implemented within the oil and gas industry. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy. And don’t forget to join our network on Twitter https://twitter.com/piobiz anyone can contact me at 403-200-2302 or email here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A New Approach

Throughout our discussion of the user communities development there has been an overriding theme of compressing the time necessary from the start of our developments to commercial release. Now that we’ve achieved what we can and defined the process of how we’ll proceed, it’s time for me to admit that I have a serious problem. One that I’ve been working on since the publication of the Preliminary Specification, that I’ve not discussed here or with anyone. People, Ideas & Objects have always claimed to provide a software development capability to the dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas producers. This capability has been defined within our budget as approximately six hundred software developers. That is a lot of people to assemble in a short period of time. Then we’ll need to get them all signing from the same hymn sheets and lastly turn them into the high performing team that they always could be. The high performing team state of the art that they will have to be in order to accomplish the scope and scale of the Preliminary Specification. We don’t have a decade or more in terms of time to do that. If the issue is speed. And at $66 / barrel there doesn’t appear to be much of a sense of urgency today. However when we test the low $30 / barrel range once again, and we will, this issue we see with the North American oil and gas producers guarantees it. Speed will become the issue on everyone’s mind and no one will accept the time for People, Ideas & Objects require to ramp up their software development capabilities. If we could have started building these capabilities when the Preliminary Specification was first published we may have been able to get it done, but too much time has passed and too much damage has been incurred by the oil and gas industry.

Therefore we are configuring People, Ideas & Objects from a research and software development firm. Which is how we described ourselves up until today. To now be a user community and Intellectual Property firm. Specialization and the Division of Labor at its finest. This will allow us to focus on the detailed work necessary to ensure that oil and gas producers achieve the most profitable means of oil and gas operations everywhere and always. Ownership of the software code will be derivative from the work that we do. The only software or code operations that we will be conducting will be compiling and running our application off of GitLabs. The leadership team that had been defined for People, Ideas & Objects, and the leadership team that was defined for the user community will be consolidated. Other than that, and only that, nothing and I repeat nothing has or will change to the configuration of the user community in any way as a result of the new approach we’re taking. If anything we are and will be able to focus our energies on this our primary concern, our user community.

What we will be doing in terms of generating the software needed for this project is issuing contracts. All of the contracts that we will be issuing will be to Oracle Corporation to access their developers. Oracle has 7,000 developers who are in their consulting division conducting spec development of software. They have many more in the area of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Fusion Applications, Java and Database. There isn’t an issue from a technical point of view that we could throw at them that they would not be able to solve, quickly. They have the team functioning now and in a manner that is state of the art. By doing this we can hit the ground running and have the software development capabilities that are necessary to deliver our software, but on a more timely basis than our previous approach. The speed of our developments are potentially hundreds of billions of dollars per year to the oil and gas producers at this time. We must and will do this. From Oracle’s point of view I think they should see this as an opportunity to showcase their technologies, their people and their capabilities. Oracle doesn’t have an oil and gas solution on Oracle ERP Cloud. As a result of this approach they will be a big part of the delivery of the solution that delivers real value to the oil and gas producers.

Our budget is blown, maybe. Shifting the development dollars that were committed internally to now being committed to Oracle may push us over our budget. At this time I’m willing to let People, Ideas & Objects absorb the overrun from our profitability. I see no reason to review our budget unless producers would like me to do so. And I am advising the producers right now they never want me to revise the budget. In terms of the costs paid to Oracle I will not be looking for any discount or special deals from them at any time. I want them to understand from the first day that there will be no excuse for failure. We are paying the full freight for guaranteed success. Oracle will be on the hook for the success of delivering the software that our user community defines.

The reason that I am willing to indemnify the producers on any cost overruns on the change to Oracle based software developments is that there have been some efficiencies and developments in IT, and in the software development methodologies since we first published our budget. We are willing to proceed with this process with the belief that the higher costs associated with using Oracle will be offset by these efficiencies. I am satisfied that given the industries financial resources the Preliminary Specification will provide industry with the upside as defined in our value proposition. That being $25.7 to $45.7 trillion over the next 25 years. And therefore that is the basis and determination of my compensation. I’m not working for an hourly fee.

The Preliminary Specification, our user community and service providers provide for a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas industry with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. Setting the foundation for profitable North America’s energy independence. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in our future Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will fund these user defined software developments. It is through the process of issuing our ICO that we are leading the way in which creative destruction can be implemented within the oil and gas industry. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy. And don’t forget to join our network on Twitter @piobiz anyone can contact me at 403-200-2302 or email here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Unquestionably, The Largest Issue Ever

I am at a loss to think of a time when the oil and gas industry faced a larger issue than what it faces today. The energy crisis of the early 1970’s comes to most people’s minds however I would suggest that it was a consumer related issue that was brought about by political means. Looking just at the business issues that the industry has faced I believe there has never been a time in which the business issues have been greater. My perspective is that industry has carried on with specious accounting for over four decades. An accounting prescribed by the SEC that inflates assets and profits magnificently. Outside of the issues of reporting profitability that never existed, which created overinvestment and overproduction. The value that is held in the industry today is worthless as it demands significant capital investments just to maintain operations. It is a drain on the economy and society in general. Without a willing and naive investor and banker group maintaining a long term annual infusion of cash the industry is unsustainable. This becomes more evident each day as the investors and bankers, realizing that they’re the mark, have ceased participation in the industry. The aggravating aspect of this issue is that it is systemic throughout North America and is unrecognized and unappreciated. It is the culture of the industry to spend other people’s money as the means to (bureaucratic) wealth generation. This culture knows of no other method in which to manage the industry and refuses to accept any other input.

As much as bureaucrats believe that $74 oil for a couple of months is all that is required. People, Ideas & Objects know different. The only thing $74 oil for a couple of months will provide is the return of a more robust skimming of cash flow by said bureaucrats. What we believe is necessary are prices in the region of $150 for oil and equivalent for gas for at least three years to deal with the damage that has been done through this issue. Nothing short of this will be able to provide the scope and scale of cash necessary to remediate the industry. It will need to be the consumer who pays for this as they are the benefactors of this current issue. The values held in property, plant and equipment can be seen as an accurate accounting of the amount of the discount provided to the energy consumer. These values being the amount of unrecognized capital costs of past production.

It was early this century when I began pounding the pavement regarding the lack of profitability in the oil and gas industry. I was told then that it was about cash flow, profits didn’t matter. I was laughed at repeatedly as a result of the position that I had taken on the profitability of the industry. It’s only in the last decade have producers begun to see the light in terms of profitability. Profitability of the producers is such a foreign concept that none of the producers know with any certainty or accuracy which of their properties are earning or losing money. The overhead necessary to operate those properties is mostly capitalized to property, plant and equipment of the producer firm. Therefore the cost to operate a specific property, for this and many other reasons, is unknown and unknowable. Therefore everything is thrown in the pot to see if it’s a functioning organization at the end of the quarter. That is the state of the quality and effectiveness of the accounting information that exists in the producer firms of the oil and gas industry. The objective is to produce everything always and don’t ask questions that can’t be answered. The CEO needs to strut down the street with the largest balance of property, plant and equipment that is conceivable. That is the measure of value and of performance in oil and gas today.

We need to fully understand the implications and reasons why we would ever produce oil and gas unprofitably. Is doing so reasonable or necessary? I believe this only robs future generations of their use of oil and gas. We owe it to ourselves to use oil and gas responsibly. That implies that we don’t waste it which means we should produce it profitability. Profitable on the basis of a reasonable and accurate accounting. Today we have producers and an industry that are effectively worthless. An abundance of producers have extinguished all of the capital that was ever provided to them. Yet still carry large balances of property, plant and equipment. People, Ideas & Objects believe that all of the producers balances of property, plant and equipment are overstated and 60 - 70% as a minimum of these balances should be depleted in the current period in order to capture a pro-forma understanding of the management's performance. This takes the bureaucrats perspective of accounting as a reflection of value, which it is never meant to be, and places the proper perspective on accounting, one of performance. These pro-forma financial statement will then accurately capture the situation that I feel exists in the industry today. A financial armageddon.
When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand, we apply too late the remedies which then might have affected a cure. There is nothing new in the story. It is as old as the Sibylline books. It falls into that long dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes it's jarring gong -- these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.”
That is a quote from May 2, 1935 from Winston Churchill regarding the buildup of military power in Germany. I’ve been arguing for a while now that the loss of cash in the industry was the issue that would bring about the necessary changes in the industry. I guess as long as the bureaucrats were able to continue to skim off the top whatever cash flow there was then there would be no critical issue to motivate them to action. “They were fine, thank you.” I do however believe that I now see the triggering mechanism, or jarring gong, that will precipitate the downfall of the industry. What's worse than the cash evaporating out of the industry? The entrance of the lawyers and the lawsuits against these bureaucrats for their poor performance. That is the one thing that they will all seek to avoid by escaping out the back door in mass.

We’ve seen a number of revised business strategies being published by producers these past few days. Establishing committees within the board of directors to evaluate options, selling themselves off bit by bit or cutting staff. These are not strategies, business models or what anyone signed on for. They are not productive and do not address the issue. Producers need to evaluate and implement the Preliminary Specification in order to adopt a plan and strategy that will provide for the profitability of oil and gas exploration and production everywhere and always. Other than the capitulations that are defined earlier in this paragraph, ours is the only plan and strategy that is available. The adoption and implementation of the Preliminary Specification may possibly enable their investors and bankers to reevaluate the outlook of the industry and producer based on a profitable future. And who knows maybe even forward some investment dollars to help producers bide their time.

The Preliminary Specification, our user community and service providers provide for a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas industry with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. Setting the foundation for profitable North America’s energy independence. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in our future Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will fund these user defined software developments. It is through the process of issuing our ICO that we are leading the way in which creative destruction can be implemented within the oil and gas industry. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy. And don’t forget to join our network on Twitter @piobiz anyone can contact me at 403-200-2302 or email here.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Commodity Price Dynamics

The bigger the commodities price differential, the more valuable the producer firm! That’s correct isn’t it? Well it seems to be the logic that the Canadian producers have adopted. Therefore it must be correct, the objective of the bureaucrat at the Canadian producers is to achieve the highest price differential possible! For what other purpose would you be in business for? My friends the bureaucrats have therefore attained significant value within their organizations. Here’s why, although natural gas prices remain positive, there is still the possibility that they will once again pay the consumer to take the gas from them. The differential on Aeco Spot natural gas is now $2.86 CDN. Leaving the natural gas price at $0.99 CDN. The real achievement though is in the oil price. Western Canada Select prices are $53.58 CDN making the differential $35.49 CDN. Which is a pretty healthy differential, more than double the previous record, yet still provides much incentive for the bureaucrats to move the differential much higher. Clearly my education in oil and gas remains incomplete.

What these differentials should reflect to each and every producer everywhere is the same lesson that the Saudi’s have been attempting to teach the producers over the past few years. This is also the manner in which the Preliminary Specification handles the oil and gas commodities. They are subject to the economic principles of price makers. If the market is overwhelmed with production then the price of a product that is subject to price maker characteristics will reflect that overproduction in price declines. Or in this case higher differentials due to Canada being somewhat of a constrained and unique market onto itself. (Maybe Canadians should think about building some pipelines!) The Preliminary Specification deals with the overproduction that is chronic in the industry through our decentralized production models price maker strategy. If the property based on the actual accounting did not attain a profit, as a result of high differentials in this case, then it would be shut-in to remove that marginal production from the commodity markets. Achieving a financial null operation, no profit but also no loss. Enabling the markets to find the marginal price within the industry. The properties reserves would be held for the time in which they would be produced profitably, and those reserves would not have to carry the incremental cost of each months loss as an additional cost to be recovered from those reserves. Lastly the producers would be more profitable as a result of removing their unprofitable production from their production profile which would no longer dilute their profitable production.

Once again my education gets in the way when the bureaucrats consider that the act of using reasonable and accurate accounting information from the Preliminary Specification in order to independently decide that a property is unprofitable and should therefore be shut-in, is clearly collusion as the bureaucrats consistently tell me. And I’ve now written these two oil and gas business attributes on my office wall in big letters. “Differentials are good, the bigger the better.” And “Making sound business decisions based on actual facts is collusion.” I’ll continue to work on these and one day I’m sure I’ll begin to see the light of how the industry operates.

It was about this time last year that I suggested that oil prices might begin to mimic what occurred in the natural gas marketplace. What happened there is that shale so completely overwhelmed the market that the commodity price collapsed. But then it continued in a significant way and since it was a continental based price overproduction further eroded the price until such time as it fundamentally broke down. Prices for gas in Japan and Europe remained robust which brought about the Liquified Natural Gas mini-boom of a few years ago. That mini-boom has now flooded the global market for natural gas and prices everywhere are depressed. It will take many years of deliberate rehabilitation of the natural gas market before anyone can profitably produce natural gas again. My suggestion was that a fundamental collapse of oil was not a given, but if it did happen it would be different due to the global nature of the commodity. We’ve now heard as of late last week that five year oil futures prices are beginning to be affected by the volume of producers selling, mostly shale, into that market. Might this be the beginning of the fundamental breakdown that we saw in natural gas prices? I suggest we keep overproducing and find out. Which is proof that I am trying as hard as I can to educate myself in the logic of the oil and gas industry.

It is believed that share prices are evaluated based on the three year outcome of the firm. If the five year oil price is breaking down, then that would also be good for the oil and gas industry? Bureaucrats may need to help educate me here on this one. I would see this as detrimental as the stock price of the producers having held up fairly well throughout the decline in oil prices. These share prices haven’t been stellar performers but they also haven’t been subject to the massive annual dilution that they were going through each and every year for the past few decades. I’m sure all of the bureaucrats would render a non opinion on this point. It maybe hits too close to home if they agree their performance may be lacking and also found to be dumping more of those options they’ve accumulated over the decades. It’s not that they’re conflicted, that requires emotion, it’s just that they want to keep their exits from the scene quiet for now. Bureaucrats may not like my discussion of their performance. What else is there that I could provide them that would reflect the job that they’ve done. I ran out of participation ribbons many decades ago.

The Preliminary Specification, our user community and service providers provide for a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas industry with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. Setting the foundation for profitable North America’s energy independence. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in our future Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will fund these user defined software developments. It is through the process of issuing our ICO that we are leading the way in which creative destruction can be implemented within the oil and gas industry. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy. And don’t forget to join our network on Twitter @piobiz anyone can contact me at 403-200-2302 or email here.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Investment in the Future Oil and Gas Industry

There are two fundamental changes made in the Preliminary Specification that create an interesting dynamic in terms of investing in oil and gas. The first is that we shift to fully recognize and support the Joint Operating Committee as the key organizational construct of the dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas producer. We shift the compliance and governance frameworks from the corporate model into alignment with the Joint Operating Committees legal, financial, operational decision making, cultural, communication, strategic and innovation frameworks. The alignment of these nine frameworks provide oil and gas producers with a speed, innovativeness and profitability that we seek in the oil and gas industry. The second change that we make is the creation of the service providers who are reallocating the accounting and administrative resources of the producers. The service providers will then provide the administrative and accounting process management on behalf of the Joint Operating Committees that are producing during any specific production month. If the property is profitable it will produce and the service providers will render an invoice for their services to each Joint Operating Committee within the industry that produced that month.

The key attributes of these changes are that the producer is relieved of the difficulties of administering and accounting for their properties, but most particularly ensuring that they are building the appropriate capabilities and capacities necessary to function as a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas producer. I am not aware of any producer that makes the claim that administration and accounting are any part of their competitive advantages, and I’m not aware of what benefit there would be for any producer to claim to have administrative and accounting competitive advantages. However with our current friends the bureaucrats I’m not counting out anything. What we’ve designed with the user community and service providers is a capability and capacity that enables all producers to focus on their key competitive advantages of their earth science and engineering capabilities, and their land and asset base. The accounting and administrative conducted by the service providers is prepared in an objective manner that ensures that compliance today and compliance for tomorrow will be achieved and ensured. This is the advantage that is obtained by the configuration of these resources. The focus of each service providers specialization on the one process they manage enables them to be aware of all of the requirements that are demanded of that process. And it will be the service providers through their user community participation that will have the power and tools necessary to make the effective changes to their process to maintain the producers compliance.

Our service provider sub-industry will be made available to the oil and gas producer / investor for the cost of a monthly fee. The fee for the processes management may be pennies for the service provider to provide, however they service the entire industry and are able to as they say “make it up on volume.” What this does therefore is open the investment in oil and gas to far more than just the common stockholdings of the existing producers. Investors would be able to participate directly within a Joint Operating Committee and even if they only owned an interest in one small property they would not need to carry the multi-million dollar annual overhead burden to manage that investment. They would be able to own and operate their interest through the People, Ideas & Objects software and the service providers would prepare their accounting and administration for them. The overhead incurred for that small oil and gas property investment would be commensurate with the size of the revenues and properties configuration. The service providers being “cloud” based services requiring only the payment of a monthly fee to each service provider. I’m sure that there are bureaucrats who believe this might be a career opportunity for them as a result of each producer / investor writing checks to the service providers for each one of the properties that they own. However this is 2018 and the payment processing to the approximate 3,000 service providers each month will not be a burden to anyone other than the computers. As far as bureaucrats are concerned People, Ideas & Objects et al glow radioactive making us incompatible for any future working relationship. Therefore we consistently turn to computers to replace the bureaucrats.

People, Ideas & Objects, our user community and service providers therefore open oil and gas to a broader set of funding alternatives to raise the required capital. We also opens up a number of opportunities for the investor to participate in the industry. Opportunities like securitization could be pursued where the oil and gas asset is actively traded. Probably a good role for the oil sands projects where the ownership interest could be converted into a securitized investments that is actively traded.

The Preliminary Specification, our user community and service providers provide for a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas industry with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. Setting the foundation for profitable North America’s energy independence. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in our future Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will fund these user defined software developments. It is through the process of issuing our ICO that we are leading the way in which creative destruction can be implemented within the oil and gas industry. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy. And don’t forget to join our network on Twitter @piobiz anyone can contact me at 403-200-2302 or email here.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

What the Plan, Where's the Strategy?

It’s one thing to be critical of the oil and gas producers, a skill and talent that I apply faithfully. To do so without offering an alternative would be futile and counter productive. My argument is only against the bureaucrats who are everybody’s favorite people and the group of individuals who are particularly responsible for the demise of the oil and gas industry. They’re also the ones that are moving rapidly towards extinction as a result of Information Technology, and are the odd man out in businesses everywhere. Maybe they’ll find some use in their next life. The ability for bureaucrats to self identify and take responsibility for their actions would be to much to ask. They’re always attempting to hide in plain sight and have defined characteristics that are obvious to those that are familiar with their breed and are able to identify them quickly. Their days are limited no matter what happens with People, Ideas & Objects, our user community and service providers. They were placed on the endangered species list many decades ago. And don’t get me wrong, I am not in any way attempting to solicit support or sympathy for them. They deserve everything they’re about to experience.

There was an article from World Oil the other day that caught my attention. “Large Investment Groups Throw Weight Behind Oil Rally.” Makes me think I might be wrong about the difficulties in the industry and the investors withholding their investment dollars. However reading through the article provides some clarity.

Duquesne also added shares in companies including Marathon Petroleum and Devon Energy last quarter.
The stake in the VanEck exchange-traded fund was valued at $44.1 million, while the Marathon Petroleum shares, its fourth-largest addition, were worth $34.8 million, according to the filing. The biggest acquisition last quarter for the family office was Facebook and Gilead Sciences.
Soros Fund Management’s biggest addition in the energy sector is Devon Energy, valued at $30.8 million. The hedge fund also bought stakes in Andeavor, RSP Permian Inc. and Kinder Morgan.

Based on these and contrary to what I’ve been saying all along about the industry heading for a very difficult time. It is relatively easy to suggest at this point that we’ve arrived. The media are putting a spin on this disaster, for whatever reason, but the facts are facts and they point to a comatose patient with no heartbeat.

So how is it that the industry can come up with a plan to deal with the situation. A plan and not an excuse to defer any and all action to some quarter in 2022. They don’t have until the end of 2018. The first thing the industry needs to do is to buy time. That requires either bank or investor money. Which demands a plan and strategy to deal with the issues and future. There’s no time to start to think about this. It should have been started many years ago, or maybe even a decade ago. It took me a long time, 10 full years of research, in order to prepare the Preliminary Specification. Producers can’t throw more people at this either. These usually have to come from one mind. Which is part of the reason that it takes a decade or more. Does anyone know of anyone who would have been fool enough to prepare a plan and strategy that deals with the issues and opportunities in oil and gas and can be implemented today? Anyone?

My sarcasm is ripe today. The producers could collectively adopt the Preliminary Specification and proceed with that plan and strategy simply by funding our budget. Always a catch 22. That way the investors and bankers would be able to see the future of the industry and how it would be returned to a profitable industry. By implementing the decentralized production models price maker strategy the days of flooding the market everytime the oil or natural gas price rallies for two consecutive days would be at an end. That any of the investors or bankers money they did put into the industry would be returned with both the capital and earnings being competitive against other industries performance. And that performance would be based on a reasonable accounting that they could understand and trust.

I am aware that People, Ideas & Objects Preliminary Specification is not the only plan and strategy that is available in the oil and gas marketplace. There are others. Take for instance the publication of Crescent Points revised strategy yesterday. Their newly installed CEO will be cutting staff by 17% and selling assets. Which is a business model that exists in certain industries. Think of pawn brokers or scrap metal recyclers. There’s also Strategic Oil and Gas who recently published their second quarter report that looked towards a future where investor and banker support was critical to their strategic interests. Only to declare a few weeks later that a special committee of the board of directors was formed to evaluate strategic alternatives. Or in other words, they’ve all but given up. My point is that there are many plans and strategies, ours seems to be the only productive and profitable one.

In somewhat related news, the probability that we’ll be able to launch a successful ICO diminishes each month. We’re still working towards one for September 2019 however it becomes progressively more difficult as the market remains relatively immature. The ICO method of funding will be with us for the rest of the century. And it will be a significant method to fund IT related projects. The diminishing capacity that I see is that to have our funding capability from that market in September 2019 may be premature. It may be as much as five years from now before the capability and capacities will be available, which would bring our ICO into the category of a less than highly probable event. The question the producers need to ask is, does this alternative appeal in terms of timing? Even with that delay though, that’s still twice as quick as the producers coming up with their own workable plans and strategy over the next decade.

The Preliminary Specification, our user community and service providers provide for a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas industry with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. Setting the foundation for profitable North America’s energy independence. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in our future Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will fund these user defined software developments. It is through the process of issuing our ICO that we are leading the way in which creative destruction can be implemented within the oil and gas industry. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy. And don’t forget to join our network on Twitter @piobiz anyone can contact me at 403-200-2302 or email here.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

User Community Developments, Part XXX

Since the publication of the Preliminary Specification we have worked on the development of the user community as our first priority. This continues today and I’m happy to say that it will always be our first priority. High quality software begins with the user and that is where we are, the beginning. Building something today with the scope and scale of People, Ideas & Objects Preliminary Specification without an empowered user community would be futile and wasteful. The issues and opportunities in the oil and gas marketplace at this time are too critical to be wasting time on approaches that we know will never work. It is the user community that will provide the speed of development and quality of software that are necessary at this time to deliver the software product and services the producers and industry require.

During this series discussion we have taken the time to highlight the competitive advantages that the user community and their associated service provider organizations will be providing the oil and gas producer and industry. They are significant and substantial. To simply list them is the most effective way to capture their level of competitiveness in the industry. These advantages include;

  • The quality of the software and services they build. Cost is not a competitive differentiator when producers are losing so much and are facing an existential crisis.
  • Specialization and the Division of Labor being applied consistently in the areas of administration and accounting. All economic value has been, and will always be generated by these two tools.
  • Automation of business process. The capabilities and capacities of the user community and service providers to effect the change required within the industry. To expand oil and gas profitability and reduce costs through automation is a competitive advantage.
  • Innovation based on the users accounting and administrative expertise. The Preliminary Specification lays the foundation for an innovative oil and gas industry, they will have an innovative accounting and administrative capability as well.
  • Application of the new technologies as they become commercial and are proven to generate value or reduce costs. New technologies such as;
    • The application of Artificial Intelligence.
    • 5/G or the Internet of Things.
  • Focusing the efforts on what computers do well. Storage and processing. Leaving the things to the user community that humans do well. Such as leadership, issue resolution, decision making, creativity, collaboration, research, ideas, design, planning, thinking, negotiating, compromising, innovating, sensing emotions and financing. To name a few.
  • Integration of our software and services within the oil and gas, and support industries. 
  • Leadership. More on this below. 

Members of the user community will hold an active and dynamic position within oil and gas and will be driven to ensure that producers achieve the most profitable means of oil and gas operations everywhere and always. Only they have control of the decentralized production models price maker strategies Intellectual Property through their user community license. Only they can solve what ails the industry today.

We see the user community is configured differently with competitive advantages and tools like the Intellectual Property that make it capable of undertaking the tasks ahead. As I’ve described, the work that will be done on behalf of the oil and gas industry will be different than anything else the user community member may have approached before. It will be a dynamic and exciting role in a very difficult period for the industry. The key attribute of the user community member will be their leadership capabilities. Dispatching 3,000 leaders to solve the many areas at issue is the only way this will be done. Leadership has been defined as simply as the readiness, willingness and ability. Joseph Schumpeter said of leadership “Fixers and troubleshooters rather than production man.” Four specific behaviours are responsible for 89% of the effectiveness of leaders. These four are 1) being supportive, 2) operating with a strong results orientation, 3) seek different perspectives, 4) solve problems effectively. If you find this work as I’ve described in this series interesting the industry needs you. The issues don’t seem to be going away on their own do they.

The Preliminary Specification, our user community and service providers provide for a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas industry with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. Setting the foundation for profitable North America’s energy independence. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in our future Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will fund these user defined software developments. It is through the process of issuing our ICO that we are leading the way in which creative destruction can be implemented within the oil and gas industry. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy. And don’t forget to join our network on Twitter @piobiz anyone can contact me at 403-200-2302 or email here.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

User Community Developments, Part XIX

As a user community member you may already know and understand that People, Ideas & Objects will be using Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Fusion Applications as the base of the ERP system we will be providing to the oil and gas producers. These Oracle products have now been conveniently repackaged within a new offering called Oracle ERP Cloud. It will be this base of functionality that Oracle provides in which we will build the Preliminary Specification modules off of. Everyone being clearly aware of these applications and are good at seeing what the Preliminary Specification vision is as it is expressed today will be able to imagine in their own minds what it is they’re building. I’m being facetious of course. Nothing of the sort is expected, it would be a fundamental failure from the word go. What the user community must have from the first day of their development is a useable demonstration of the People, Ideas & Objects software in its initial development stage of being only the Oracle ERP Cloud. And each and every iteration of the development of the software. Then they can see the areas that they can use to bring about their ideas and weave their needs into the Oracle ERP Cloud and Preliminary Specification through our software developers. A constant, iterative approach.

As I mentioned this demonstration facility will be provided on the first day of development and be available to all of the users within the user community 7/24. Users will be able to generate generic data that can be used and reused to test the features that are being developed while the user is working to get the software right. As mentioned earlier, the use of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) will allow user interaction with the software developer, review of the code, the ability to implement changes and run the code. Choosing an IDE is more of a personal preference. Google “Integrated Development Environment” and you’ll be provided with a wealth of information, videos and offerings. As an enterprise builder we would be somewhat limited to the Netbeans, Eclipse, IntelliJ and Oracle JDeveloper offerings.

Software development has changed from what most people understand. There will be times when a user community member may experience changes to the software their working with on a daily basis or even more frequently. Software is no longer released once a year based on a long list of changes that are opaque to the users. Small changes done incrementally over time is the superior method of building software today. When the user is driving those changes and is able to check the results of those changes against a working demo of the application there are few bugs that see the light of day in a commercial release of software. When we are discussing the development of the Preliminary Specifications on top of Oracle ERP Cloud we are discussing a well defined application scope and scale with an overall vision that is understood by each and every user member. There is no reason for People, Ideas & Objects to be releasing a buggy, poorly defined and slapped together hodge podge of an oil and gas application. We will have the resources, tools and methods to overcome the niggling details that the devil puts in our way.

Since People, Ideas & Objects will be a cloud provider of its software. And Oracle is providing their software on the cloud today. Members of our user community during our initial software developments will be able to access the work they’re doing and have done on most devices. Therefore demonstrating the work that they’ve done will be able to be presented to the producers as soon as the first week of our developments. The producers would then be able to participate through the user community member and have their specific needs and desires met in that way. Although it would be logistically difficult to have 3,000 user community members participating in this way, with 200 or so producers, more efficient ways of doing the same will be able to be discovered.

I’ve mentioned this next point a few times before and it’s just as valid today as it was then. I can’t necessarily peg the work that we’re doing here at People, Ideas & Objects as exclusively software development. That is our role and that is what we are focusing on. My point is that the cross between a software development / custom Integration will be hard to discern at times. Particularly for the user community member who will be undertaking the integration of the software through their service provider offering at some point in time. This is a result of the high levels of participation of the user community, possibly the producers tagging along too, and the developers all working to solve the issues the oil and gas industry is facing. To say that one day we will move from a decidedly software development phase to an integration phase in my mind will never happen. Integration should be one of the key issues that the user community member should be considering at all times and asking themselves, how can I speed up the implementation / integration of this feature within industry? Which raises the question when is it that the user community member begins the development of their service provider offering? Even without an assigned service provider process is there work that can and should be done by the producers in anticipation of the integration.

It’s within this post that we see the dynamic and critical role that is undertaken by the user community member. Without them nothing is going to happen, and nothing will happen unless its an idea or thought of the users first. Such is the interesting nature of this work and this time we find ourselves in. It should be clear that this is not your grandfather's user community.

The Preliminary Specification, our user community and service providers provide for a dynamic, innovative, accountable and profitable oil and gas industry with the most profitable means of oil and gas operations. Setting the foundation for profitable North America’s energy independence. People, Ideas & Objects Revenue Model specifies the means in which investors can participate in our future Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will fund these user defined software developments. It is through the process of issuing our ICO that we are leading the way in which creative destruction can be implemented within the oil and gas industry. Users are welcome to join me here. Together we can begin to meet the future demands for energy. And don’t forget to join our network on Twitter @piobiz anyone can contact me at 403-200-2302 or email here.