This week we have been able to focus on the community that needs to form here. A community that needs to build the People, Ideas & Objects ERP styled software systems that are desperately needed for the oil and gas industry. Today we have a fairly strong dose of negative economic news, and I submit these latest articles to provide the support for the changes that are needed. If we don't act, we will be in a much more dire situation then we currently find ourselves.
First is Professor Nouriel Roubini states the "D" word. He also states that the five top U.S. Banks are insolvent. Nouriel may be the most famous economist due to his precise calling of this economic decline. Noriel has provided very sound quantitative and qualitative analysis of what is happening economically. Prescribing some of the remedies that are necessary to offset this decline. When he starts using the "D" word, I think it is very serious point. His most recent interview was on Wednesday with Bloomberg News "On the Economy" with Tom Keene at the Davos, Switzerland World Economic Forum. I highly recommend listening.
Next is the earnings of the oil and gas producers. Conoco Phillips fired the first shock in the season by reporting a loss of $31.8 billion for the fiscal 2008 year. Wow, must be a problem there.
Lastly the news comes from Forbes, Occidental Petroleum's Chairman finds that the current pricing structure is inadequate to cover the cost structure.
"The current oil and gas industry cost structure is higher than what the current product prices can support," said Dr. Ray Irani, the company's chairman, who said the company would lower its 2009 capital spending budget to $3.5 billion to protect its returns.Hm must be a problem there. Just a note, I don't think I will be reporting on any more oil and gas company earnings outside of the Pigs. (CNRL, Nexen, Petro Canada and Encana.) Conoco is a well run firm, however, that is in the context of last centuries performance. The Pigs are deserving to get stuffed and I'll continue on as they release their losses.
The need for this community is evident, and is on display in almost every business article written today. The economic decline is going to get much worse, the oil and gas companies are being questioned with their own survival, and the need for this community to form and get on with the job of building the next generation systems AND organizations is now, please join me here in doing these critical tasks.
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