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About Brad Bechtold

As Director of Cisco Canada's Oil and Gas vertical business, Brad Bechtold is responsible for developing and leading Cisco's go to market strategy for Oil and Gas. In his role Brad is working with industry partners, education institutions, and Oil and Gas organizations to align Cisco's technology solutions to the critical challenges facing the industry today. With more then 25 years in Oil and Gas experience Brad Bechtold brings industry relevant knowledge to Cisco Canada's Industry Transformation Team. Prior to joining Cisco, Brad spent 18 years with Halliburton. A global leader in the energy services sector. During his tenure with Halliburton, Brad spent 13 years in a global capacity. As Director for Halliburton's GeoGraphix product line, Brad was responsible for global Operations, R&D, Sales and Marketing. Brad spent 4 years as Director for Mergers and Acquisitions for the Landmark Graphics business unit, resulting is several strategic acquisitions. Brad brings more then a decade of sales and management leadership in the Canadian oil and Gas industry including Regional General Manager for Halliburton's Landmark Graphics business unit. Brad Bechtold resides In Calgary Alberta and holds a Diploma in Business Management for the SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary. À titre de directeur des affaires du marché vertical du secteur pétrolier et gazier de Cisco Canada, M. Bechtold est responsable de l'élaboration et de la gestion de la stratégie de mise en marché à l'intention des entreprises du secteur pétrolier et gazier. Dans ce rôle, il travaille avec des partenaires de l'industrie, des établissements d'enseignement et des entreprises gazières et pétrolières pour faire en sorte que les solutions technologiques de Cisco relèvent les défis auxquels est confronté le secteur aujourd'hui. Possédant plus de 25 années d'expérience du secteur pétrolier et gazier, M. Bechtold vient enrichir l'équipe responsable de la transformation industrielle de Cisco Canada grâce à ses connaissances pertinentes du secteur. Avant d'entrer au service de Cisco, M. Bechtold a travaillé pendant 18 ans chez Halliburton, leader mondial du secteur des services énergétique. Durant sa carrière au sein de cette société, il a passé 13 années à jouer un rôle sur la scène internationale. En tant que directeur de la gamme de produits GeoGraphix d'Halliburton, il était responsable des activités mondiales, de la recherche et du développement et de la mercatique. M. Bechtold a également joué le rôle de directeur des fusions et acquisitions de l'unité commerciale Landmark Graphics pendant quatre années durant lesquelles il a réalisé plusieurs acquisitions stratégiques. Il possède plus d'une décennie d'expérience de leadership en vente et en gestion dans le secteur pétrolier et gazier canadien, y compris à titre de directeur général régional de Landmark Graphics. M. Bechtold vit à Calgary, Alberta et est titulaire d'un diplôme en gestion des affaires de la SAIT Polytechnic de Calgary.

Why the Canadian Oil and Gas Industry Must Embrace New Technologies

Although often perceived as a sunset industry by outsiders, the truth is the oil & gas industry is very high tech. Over the past 20 years the industry has transformed itself by developing technologies that have unleashed vast new reserves, … Continue reading

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Canadian Oil and Gas – 2015 and beyond

“We usually find gas in new places with old ideas. Sometimes, also, we find gas in an old place with a new idea, but we seldom find much gas in an old place with an old idea. Several times in … Continue reading

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Cloud computing, coming to an Oil and Gas company near you, Part 2

In my previous blog I discussed the evolution of cloud computing in the Oil and Gas industry. Here I will discuss how cloud computing will likely evolve in the next 5 years. In just a short time cloud computing has … Continue reading

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Cloud Computing, Coming to an Oil and Gas Company Near You

For many in the Oil and Gas industry cloud computing might seem like a confusing IT buzzword with very little substance. Trying to wade through the complexities of all its offshoots (public, private, on-premise cloud) without understanding the base concept … Continue reading

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Creating a Smarter Oil and Gas Industry, Part 4: Conclusion

In parts one, two and three  of this series I discussed today’s Digital Oilfield, and how Cisco technology is helping transform and impact the oil and gas industry. From “Field Enablement” to enabling “field Automation,” connecting the unconnected through the … Continue reading

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Creating a Smarter Oil and Gas Industry, Part 3: Field Enablement and Remote Sensors

The Canadian Oil and Gas industry spans a vast geography, from remote operations in the high arctic to offshore platforms in the Atlantic coast. As discussed in part two of this series, the Canadian Oil and Gas industry faces significant … Continue reading

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Creating a Smarter Oil and Gas Industry, Part 2: Industry Trends Shaping the Digital Oilfield

In my last post, I discussed how the Internet of Everything (IoE) is transforming the energy sector and helping drive the momentum of the Digital Oilfield. Now, we’ll explore what the future holds for Canadian Oil and Gas companies and … Continue reading

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Creating a Smarter Oil and Gas Industry, Part 1: The Internet of Everything and the Digital Oilfield

As a new employee at Cisco and coming from the Oil and Gas industry, I have to admit that I had never heard of the Internet of Everything (IoE), and I was skeptical.  However, given the mindshare it has within … Continue reading

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