Impacts: Covid-19 & Water Utilities

The COVID-19 pandemic’s lasting impact continues to strain utilities across the globe, but the Water and Sanitation Sector has had to face unique challenges. Frequent and proper handwashing is the most basic frontline defense against the spread of COVID-19, yet a quarter of the world’s population lacks access to reliable water supplies.

According to the United Nations, nearly one-third of people globally lack access to safely managed drinking water services, over half lack access to safely managed sanitation facilities and in the least-developed countries, approximately 22% of healthcare facilities lack access to improved water and sanitation services. This is the result of a combination of challenges the water sector faces, however utilizing digital technologies are at the forefront to tackling these challenges. Digital Technologies, especially artificial intelligence solutions like Maestro, will be critical in accelerating the path towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal 6– ‘Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030’.

Revenue losses, as a result of COVID-19, have significantly slowed water utilities’ ability to make critical capital investments. Large industrial and commercial users of water slowed their usage as a result of the lockdowns. A survey by Global Water Leaders Group estimates that industrial water demand will fall by an average of 27% due to COVID-19. Crisis emergency measures, including partial suspension of bills for lower-income users and moratoriums on water cut-offs, have also led to a meaningful revenue loss for global water utilities.

While the decrease in industrial use of water may have had a positive impact on our global net zero goals, revenue losses have caused even further delay to the water sector’s infrastructure and digital upgrading. In some cases, to counteract the revenue losses, certain plants have had to delay critical infrastructure and maintenance upgrades. For example, in early May 2021, a former phosphate processing plant, Piney Point, in Palmetto, FL, was facing the potential of a catastrophic failure as a result of a leak. Piney Point has been a risk to the local environment of the Tampa Bay for at least 10 years, due to inadequate overflow procedures but in this case the leak that was identified could have lead to a catastrophic flood.

Source: USA Today

The leak was identified by personnel at least a few days after it had begun. This delay in leak identification, aided by reduced head count and maintenance expenditures as a result of COVID-19, could have been prevented with the use of Artificial Intelligence technology, such as Maestro. With the help of advanced metering, Maestro is able to detect leaks in real time and even predict potential weak spots all with the ability to automate a directive to solve the challenge, in an instant.

The intense labor requirements of the water industry made operational continuity difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. While many employees were deemed essential workers, social distancing protocols meant only critical staff could be on site, causing major supply chain and logistic disruptions. This makes the water industry a prime candidate for increased automation and artificial intelligence. We have seen that the plants with existing enhanced metering and controls systems prior to the COVID-19 pandemic performed much better during the crisis. Artificial Intelligence’s ability to predict and automate response to occurrences such as leaks and pipe bursts make water utility providers more agile and efficient while decreasing physical interaction amongst staff.

The water sector, which is used to a consistent demand, especially for chemicals and other consumables, has experienced one of the most serious interruptions in the overall utilities sector. With the help of digital technologies, especially artificial intelligence, the water sector can work towards addressing gaps in water supply, build a more resilient long-term CAPEX structure, increase continuity and respond better in the event of future crises. Additionally, the use of digital and artificial intelligence will allow the water sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal-6 by the target date of 2030, possibly even in advance of it.

Elutions has extensive experience deploying Maestro technology in the water sector, in clean capture, waste water and even desalination. Acciona Qatar is just one instance of a water utility harnessing the power of Maestro to optimize operations and achieve energy savings, thusly lowering their carbon footprint. Acciona cites Maestro as a platform that is, “scalable, which will allow ACCIONA to extend the benefits of AI to all its clients in the global water industry as part of its commitment to continuous innovation and service excellence.”

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Texas Interconnection, Renewable Energy Sources & Artificial Intelligence

The highly publicized and politicized Texas Winter Storm power outages sparked outrage across the United States and abroad. Many people from the public and private sector were quick to point fingers at utility providers while focusing a lions’ share of the blame on wind power. However, the blame placed on wind power was misinformed and there is a much larger and more complicated story here. A story of media-initiated hysteria, a scapegoat and, more importantly, human errors that could have been prevented through the use of Artificial Intelligence.

Texas is the only state in the United States to operate its own power grid, the Texas Interconnection, maintained by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and kept separate from other US-based sources of power for political reasons, to not be subject to federal law. ERCOT manages the supply of power to more than 26 million customers in Texas, roughly 90% of the State’s entire electric load. As an independent systems operator, ERCOT is responsible for maintaining reliable power and setting expectations and forecasts for the summer and winter capacity loads.

The Texas Tribune reported that “about 80% of [the grid’s winter capacity], or 67 gigawatts, could be generated by natural gas, coal and some nuclear power,” while just a small percentage, “Only 7% of ERCOT’s forecasted winter capacity, or 6 gigawatts, was expected to come from various wind power sources across the state.”

With such a small percentage expected and forecasted to come from wind power, how could the narrative get shifted so far?

And, ultimately, the two questions we should ask ourselves are “why did the wind turbines shut down in the first place?” and “how could it have been prevented?”

Texas does not usually experience extreme winter weather, but there is always a possibility, as was shown this past February. Due to the moderately temperate climate, most Texas-based corporations responsible for generating energy in all of its forms chose to opt out of various maintenance solutions for insulation from the cold, as a cost saving measure, even though it was recommended they do so by regulatory bodies. The lack of insulation across providers, but mostly in Natural Gas, caused the disruption in power throughout Texas during the cold spell. Natural Gas producers were still able to produce natural gas however the hiccup occurred when the poorly insulated pipelines were freezing and that natural gas could not be accessed. Similarly to Natural Gas pipelines, wind turbines can be winterized however these investments were not made and lead to the disruptions.

Natural Gas suppliers, one of the largest sources of power to Texas’ grid, and state lawmakers dropped the ball for the people of Texas.


In Texas, the utility industry holds a lot of power due to their financial position, and this power often gets them what they want. In 2011, the last time legislators were meeting to discuss utility solutions, rather than require, “the electric utilities and the companies that supply them with fuel to protect that infrastructure against cold weather that can knock plants offline, they just recommended it.”  In an effort to appease the utility industry, the legislators let down their constituents, the residents of Texas, 111 of whom died as a result of the power outages.

Much of Texan policy revolves around what to do when outages occur and how to respond once something has already occurred but as a result of this most recent tragedy, they are finally looking towards preventative measures. This is where artificial intelligence can play a very large role in the Texas Interconnection, across each and every one of its suppliers from natural gas and nuclear right up to wind power. Artificial Intelligence, Maestro specifically, can predict and optimize the performance of assets within the utilities space fully utilizing outside sources such as weather to increase performance and prevent downtime.

The agencies, regulatory bodies and legislators all fell short but it is not too late for them to make significant changes. Maestro Artificial Intelligence is a cost effective solution for all utility providers, not just those in Texas, to increase capacity and prevent failure. Legislators can look to Artificial Intelligence to help provide better, more accurate reporting across the agencies in addition to disaster prevention and better warning systems. ERCOT could utilize Artificial Intelligence in their forecasting and planning for future power needs given that Maestro takes into account historical and real-time data for its predictions.

While political opportunists have taken this catastrophic event and used it as an opportunity to mislead consumers against renewable energy, it is our intention to reach those utilities providers and offer an opportunity to review their internal process and apply end-end artificial intelligence in order to prevent any further disruptions and catastrophes.

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April Series: Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence & The Future of Energy and Utilities

The Energy and Utilities Sectors stand to substantially benefit from the implementation of digital technologies. Many companies within these sectors have taken the leap to adopt technologies to streamline operations. Artificial Intelligence and the automation of benefit delivery is the key to the future of the Energy and Utilities Sectors. AI’s ability to address the similar massive scale and complex analysis of exceptionally large volumes of data in real time to reduce infrastructure strain will ultimately have a very strong impact on the entire value chain.

Over the past few weeks, within the United States, the national grid and its emphasis on being the future of the energy grid and renewables have become a hot topic. The average age of power plants in the US is approximately 30 years old the deterioration of these plants has the potential to do serious damage by putting people out of power – this is where AI steps in to stop the problem.

Increased asset reliability, outage prevention, preventative maintenance and improved customer experience are just few of the ways AI can aid the energy sector. This month, we will be conducting a deep dive into how Maestro AI can address the energy sector’s needs more specifically.

Source: i-Scoop

The trends in the application of Artificial Intelligence in Utilities will also be in discussion this month as they share many similarities to those of Energy. Based on the predictions in the above graphic, it is clear Utilities companies are turning to digital to enhance their bottom line as it is predicted that by just 2023, utilities will have digitally connected 75% of their assets.

With the implementation of Maestro AI, companies within the Utilities and Energy space will be able to capture unprecedented speed to value and bottom line improvement with ease. Subscribe to follow along this month for the April Series: Artificial Intelligence & The Future of Energy and Utilities to learn more about AI’s application in this space and our take on some of the hottest topics in 2021.

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Impacts: Covid-19 & Water Utilities

The COVID-19 pandemic’s lasting impact continues to strain utilities across the globe, but the Water and Sanitation Sector has had to face unique challenges. Frequent and proper handwashing is the most basic frontline defense against the spread of COVID-19, yet a quarter of the world’s population lacks access to reliable water supplies. According to the…

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Texas Interconnection, Renewable Energy Sources & Artificial Intelligence

The highly publicized and politicized Texas Winter Storm power outages sparked outrage across the United States and abroad. Many people from the public and private sector were quick to point fingers at utility providers while focusing a lions’ share of the blame on wind power. However, the blame placed on wind power was misinformed and…

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Artificial Intelligence, F&B Quality, Safety and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic initiated a drastic change in consumer confidence and purchasing habits while redefining the approach to how select businesses approach their supply and demand for goods & services. The food and beverage, manufacturing and industrial processing industries continue to experience, respond to and rebound from these unexpected changes all while navigating a yet…

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Artificial Intelligence to Achieve Net-Zero in Food and Beverage

The facts of life are such that everyone has to eat and drink in order to survive. However, in a time where consumers are much more aware and selective of the Food & Beverage providers that they purchase from, the strain is being felt by suppliers of those products. The Pandemic also has made the industry even more volatile and it has become critical to ensure the supply chain remains uninterrupted.

Now, more than ever, consumers are requiring transparency regarding ingredients and health and safety considerations of all their food and beverage purchases. Many consumers don’t care solely for what their food and drinks are made of, but also about the Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) objectives of the providers and how these corporations are executing against these objectives.

Consumer interest in sustainable food choices increased by 23% in 2020 with less concerns regarding health and an increase in concerns around climate change, waste and recycling. Source: Tastewise

With consumers and suppliers demanding higher standards from the Food & Beverage industry, it is a daunting task to remain competitive in today’s market. However, with the implementation of Artificial Intelligence solutions to address the everyday business challenges, all of these seemingly difficult to achieve goals become significantly easier. This shift in the industry to becoming more transparent applies not only to ingredients and sourcing but also through publishing implementation of measures to achieve Net-Zero objectives, while also increasing quality and safety standards. A simple search for some of the world’s largest Food & Beverage corporations will provide a view into this increased transparency, with many having entire pages or websites worth of information on their Net-Zero objectives.

Net-Zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere.

National Grid

These initiatives have become increasingly important in the battle against climate change, though often highly politicized, with corporations in the United Kingdom and Europe currently leading the charge through their participation in setting national goals with the regards to the Paris Agreement. However, they aren’t the only ones as large multinational, U.S. based F&B corporations such as PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have been setting the Gold Standard for the industry in their race towards Net-Zero.

In January of 2021 PepsiCo announced plans to “more than double its science-based climate goal, targeting a reduction of absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions  across its value chain by more than 40% by 2030. In addition, the company has pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, one decade earlier than called for in the Paris Agreement.

Within their announcement, they detailed how they would achieve this goal, and the answer lies partially in technology, with an emphasis on “implementation and upgrading of environmentally sustainable manufacturing, warehousing, transportation and distribution sites,” and a corporate goal to “maximize efficiency in supply chain, while also adopting zero- and near-zero-emission technologies.”

PepsiCo is a behemoth in the industry with a holistic view and detailed strategy for achieving their ambitious international Net-Zero goals.

While the large players like PepsiCo and Coca-Cola may be leading the way, due to their significant global stage and highly publicized plans, other Food and Beverage manufacturers have certainly been and can continue to meaningfully contribute to international net-zero goals.

The UK has been making significant progress as they have a national goal of bringing all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. According to the Food and Drink Federation, the UK food supply chain is responsible for around 20% of UK greenhouse gas emissions. Inenco reports that, “a rate of around 3% annual reductions by the manufacturing sector is needed to meet the ambitious 2050 net-zero targets,” further illustrating that the food and beverage sector, which is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, accounting for 15.6% of total manufacturing GVA, needs to lead the way.

As discussed in our previous article, the food and beverage industry face unique challenges in that margins are already razor thin, recovery from negative supply chain impacts from Covid-19 and the competition of a $6111.1 billion industry is staggering. All of these mounting pressures represent an opportunity for innovation and the implementation of innovative Artificial Intelligence technologies to the value chain. Artificial Intelligence, such as Maestro, presents a ready solution to tackle all of these industry pressures swiftly through process innovation that will result in value chain optimization with a host of benefits including increased resource efficiency, reduced waste and a whole lot more.

Focused entirely on maximizing clients’ profitability and sustainable growth, Elutions’ proprietary Enterprise AI platform, Maestro, delivers unprecedented benefits with certainty and at scale through autonomous and automated AI. Maestro’s neural network self-generates algorithms and implements directives without the need for human intervention, optimizing the entire value chain, and delivering benefits that continue to grow through a virtuous circle that sustains margin growth.

Maestro AI is proven to deliver transformational benefit for the F&B manufacturing industry allowing clients to achieve Net-Zero goals with increased speed to value. To learn more about Maestro AI and Elutions, contact us.

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Artificial Intelligence & The Competitive Edge in Food and Beverage

The Food and Beverage Industry has been at the forefront of the technology adoption curve for many years, from more advanced robotics on the manufacturing line to 3D printed alternatives to meat, innovation is embedded in the industry. With the growth of consumer interest around nutrition, environmental, social and corporate governance and overall food safety has growing significantly in the past 15 years, companies have been focused on delivering products to increasingly demanding consumers with transparency into their products as well as their operations.

The answer for corporations has often resulted in increased in implementation of technology but with new technology comes new food and beverage options, changes in how products are manufactured and produced, increased competition and even more questions…

Innova Identifies Top 10 Food and Beverage Trends to Accelerate Innovation in 2021

While the food and beverage industry’s top concern has been and continues to be pleasing the consumer and their ever-changing needs, the questions remain:

‘how can they remain competitive in this saturated fast paced industry?’

‘will consumers be willing to try products that are produced with the assistance of technology?’

‘how can we achieve the high industry standards and remain profitable?’

‘how can we make high quality food and beverages accessible to all communities?’


As illustrated by the graphic below, implementation and application of digital infrastructure is “extremely important” to food and beverage executives. Over 40% of respondents reported that Artificial Intelligence and IOT are extremely important, a bit less than ERP or mobile technologies but this could be due to perceived complications in AI adoption. The executives also shared that their top concerns were inventory management, food safety and manufacturing process/ assembly, each of which can be addressed through the application of Artificial Intelligence.

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“Complications of AI adoption aside, one fact is clear: F&B companies must invest in new innovations to cut costs, grow revenue, and stay current with consumer trends.

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The mainstream media has focused its coverage on the most innovative science and technology in the industry but the real benefit is derived from the operational application of Artificial Intelligence. Maestro Artificial Intelligence allows corporations to focus on internal innovation while optimizing the value chain and providing significant benefit with unmatched speed to value. In one example, Maestro AI allows plants the opportunity to reduce waste, thus furthering Net-Zero goals, while also increasing production uptime and yield to get products on the shelves.

This level of digital technology has never been more important to F&B as they are constantly tackling razor thin margins and cost as leading decision makers. Many manufacturers and producers have to question, should we build or should we buy? Many times it may seem more practical to build, especially without centralized control centers and disparate systems, but the team at Elutions has found time and again, from clients who have learned the hard way, that partnering with an industry expert is the more cost effective way forward. The way forward lies in gaining a competitive advantage by partnering with a provider like Elutions, with years of experience working with and connecting to existing systems in order to provide speed to value for clients and a true Artificial Intelligence Platform in Maestro, rather than the big tech players, who merely offer tools.

Maestro AI is proven to optimize the value chain and allow clients more flexibility to innovate while maintaining operational excellence and a competitive edge. To learn more about Maestro AI and Elutions, contact us.

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February Series: The AI Enabled Food & Bev Revolution

The global food and beverage (F&B) manufacturing industry is a behemoth, valued at 6111.1 billion dollars as of 2020 and expected to grow at a CAGR of 7% for 2021 to reach an estimated value of $7527.5 billion in 2023. Even though COVID-19 created some pretty significant supply chain issues for the F&B market it still grew in an incredibly trying year. The industry is essential to our way of life and digital technologies are essential to the survival and growth of the industry.

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to unlock complete value chain transformation for F&B manufacturers. Mckinsey reports that, “50% of [F&B manufacturing] companies that embrace AI over the next 5-7 years have the potential to double their cash flow.”

The team at Elutions says, why wait that long?


F&B Manufacturers have never been in a better position then they are now to begin rapidly digitizing their operations with AI to reduce time to market, implement automation in feedstock to increase speed and reduce yield, to reduce resource consumption and achieve Net-Zero goals and so much more. In February 2021 Solve the Unsolvable will be exploring the applications of Artificial Intelligence in the Food and Beverage Manufacturing sector.

How can AI deliver on its promises within F&B? How can AI help corporations achieve their Net-Zero goals with increased speed? How can AI combat COVID-19 in the F&B Manufacturing sector and maintain food safety goals?


Stay tuned to this month’s series to have all of these questions and more answered.

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Oil & Gas Giants: AI & the Vulnerability of Supply

Since 2016, the Global Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) imports industry has enjoyed a CAGR of more than 10%. Due to oversupply, unpredictable demand and varying price as a result of COVID-19, this CAGR came to a screeching halt in 2020. In an industry that was experiencing oversupply prior to the impact of COVID-19, the decrease in demand has lead to even greater excess and market volatility. Many LNG producers are looking to cut spending across the board and the rush to implement these measures has led to, in some instances, significant negligent maintenance practices.

These measures snowball into the real pressing issue for LNG producers, forcing them to ask the tough question:

“How can we maintain/ increase profitability in such a volatile environment?”

The answer lies in Artificial Intelligence, specifically Maestro.


Oversupply is a significant issue as it forces producers to reduce operational costs, often from critical areas in the production process, since they are unable to sell all their supply. Cost cutting measures, along with workforce disturbance caused by COVID-19, have led to prolonged maintenance backlogs for many of the world’s LNG plants.

By way of example, a look at the fire that occurred in the Hammerfest LNG plant in Norway in September 2020. This fire was a result of negligent maintenance due predominantly to poor planning and a backlog of cost-cutting measures that had to be implemented due to urgency. The plant narrowly missed destruction, but the event could have been prevented in its entirety while still maintaining cost reduction if an AI engine, like Maestro, been implemented.

The oil leak that caused the fire was foreseeable, it was determined to be one of many leaks that were called out by a safety audit issued by the PSA. However, due to the vulnerability of the market, the plant elected not to address it. On the day of the fire, the fire-alert system malfunctioned and even still, it threw out several faults which the plant, likely understaffed, decided not to address. The fire was ultimately discovered by staff as it occurred. What is known for certain is that the fire was preventable in many ways.

The president and founder of Bellona, an international environment agency, Frederic Hauge, noted of the fire that,

“Our information points to serious design and construction weakness at the plant, serious negligence in follow-up of maintenance issues, and an astounding lack of attention to safety by top management.”

Frederic Hauge, Bellona

In a survey conducted by Oil & Gas IQ in 2020 (illustrated below) and administered to over 200 O&G professionals, almost 75% of respondents believe that intelligent enterprise applications can save money on CAPEX/ OPEX.

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Yes 
No 
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your company money on capex/opex? 
2%
Source: Oil & Gas IQ

Most respondents went on to say that the amount of which this could save was unquantifiable at the time.

Further, the respondents shared that the two most significant areas for impact with intelligent enterprise applications are predictive analytics & intelligent automation, both of which are not only wheelhouse benefits delivered by Maestro AI, but are also just the tip of the iceberg in transformational impacts that Maestro autonomously implements.

Which intelligent enterprise areas do you think will have the most significant impact on your business? (Respondents could choose up to three) 
Predictive analytics 
Intelligent Automation 
• Cognitive analysis 
/ computing 
Machine learning 
57% 
50% 
28% 
25% 
23% 
23% 
Smart devices 
Chatbots 
/ virtual assistants 
Text / speech analytics 
DevOps and API 
Other (please specify) 
23% 
5% 
4%
Source: Oil & Gas IQ

Instinctually, any business aims at reducing cost if it is experiencing an oversupply and is in a market that is vulnerable. However, cost-reduction must never come at the expense of safety, something that the Hammerfest LNG plant failed to prioritize and has now cost them an entire year of unplanned downtime. The question remains,

“How could this fire and shutdown, as well as future maintenance related disasters, be prevented while still maintaining and even increasing profitability?”

Maestro Artificial Intelligence and the team at Elutions have extensive experience in the LNG market, working with clients to increase profitability as well as preventative plant failure, an overall reduction in downtime and more whilst maintaining proper reporting and safety standards.

In the case of the fire at Hammerfest, had Maestro been deployed, the automated directives, as part of the Maestro Autonomous Value Chain, would have been able to address not only any potentially faulty alarms but also the entire maintenance backlog with ease and with priority assigned to those issues that impact profitability and safety the most. Unplanned and overdue maintenance is a serious issue in the LNG industry, one that has lead to a tighter market and an increase in prices, but it doesn’t have to be with the help of AI.

Unplanned maintenance is just one of many issues that Maestro can address in the LNG industry due to it’s unique end-end holistic approach to the value chain. The Maestro Autonomous Value Chain overcomes chaos theory in a measurable dynamic environment like a refinery, understanding the input characteristics in real time as they change, and accounting for cause and effect up and down the value chain automatically as a result. To learn more about the Maestro Autonomous Value Chain applied and how our team can help your business combat the volatile markets please contact us.

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January Series- Artificial Intelligence and the Oil & Gas Giants

The Oil & Gas industry is recognized as one of the largest valuation markets in the world and it is universally recognized for the reliance that the global markets hold on oil as a natural resource. Additionally, Oil & Gas corporations employee tens of thousands of individuals and often contribute significantly to their country’s GDP, resulting in increased political influence. Given their reliance as both a regional and market driver, it is no surprise that this industry is heavily investing in Artificial Intelligence to increase the value of their entire supply chain.

All equally 
Upstream 
Downstream 
Midstream 
What part of the industry can be most 
helped by intelligent enterprise? 
65% 
21% 
10% 
4% 
Which parts of the oil and gas value chain will be most affected 
by intelligent enterprise? (choose three) 
Asset integrity & maintenance 
Field development 
Geophysical 
Pipelines 
Drilling 
Refining 
Power generation 
Transportation (tankers & trucks) 
Construction 
Gas processing 
Product marketing 
Liquefaction 
Other 
Storage 
69% 
35% 
32% 
30% 
28% 
25% 
21% 
18% 
13% 
12% 
5% 
1%
Source: Oil & Gas IQ

Around 200 oil and gas professionals from around the globe took part in Oil & Gas IQ’s in-depth research into the intelligent enterprise landscape and the impact of AI as the next driver of change within the industry. Some interesting results above illustrate that a majority of these O&G professionals believe the industry will be helped by intelligent enterprise equally, upstream, midstream, and downstream. Additionally, a majority of respondents top choice for their number one value chain improvement with intelligent enterprise was asset integrity & maintenance.

This New Year, Solve the Unsolvable will be drilling into the world of Oil & Gas and how Artificial Intelligence will exponentially increase the value of this industry, especially in the areas industry professionals have identified as most important. In Q1 2021, we will be exploring how AI addresses the vulnerability of supply within the O&G ecosystem, including a deep dive into AI’s ability to eliminate unplanned maintenance and prevent failures at scale. A look at how the decreasing cost of Oil is driving corporations towards AI in order to increase profitability by re-evaluating their value chain operations. And finally, a view into the rapidly expanding US Shale market, which is uniquely poised to benefit from AI at the very early stages.

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Crystal Ball 2021: AI to Solve the Unsolvable

We have never been closer to the precipice of a digital future than we are right now – this future is defined by those who make the commitment to move to a digitized environment and where those who do not inevitably fall behind. The trend towards Artificial Intelligence’s commercial use and application has been on the rise for several years, making businesses that were quick to adopt its power more productive and more efficient as a result. Business leaders must take action and make the choice in order to preserve the future of their business.

As we look toward an uncertain future, our third prediction for Artificial Intelligence in 2021 is revealed:

Applying AI to solve what were previously considered to be unsolvable business challenges as well as new business challenges from the evolving world we live in.

Crystal Ball Predictions 2021: This article emphasizes Solving Unsolvable Business Challenges

Artificial Intelligence is becoming more ingrained in our society on a daily basis and, as illustrated in the graphic below, the benefits are substantial. With a predicted spend of nearly $60 Billion in 2021 on cognitive and AI systems, it is important for business leaders to consider all challenges as opportunities in order to optimize the value-chain’s performance and profitability through Artificial Intelligence.

Statistics for 2021

61% of business executives currently implementing an innovation strategy say that AI helps them identify otherwise missed opportunity in data.

AI is helping businesses solve challenges they may not have known even existed, especially with holistic solutions such as Maestro AI, able to not only determine but take action on root cause variables. Today there is increased pressure on leaders to continuously improve performance with less resources, thus creating the perfect opportunity for digital transformation.

At Elutions, AI is the missing link in addressing a business challenge that is so great that even the most proficient teams of data scientists are unable to solve it. After all, the objective of AI, and is the case with Maestro’s AI, is to continuously ensure optimized outcomes with certainty, when so many dynamic variables impact operations that point-in-time analysis is irrelevant and the required speed, scale and depth of analysis is beyond human and standard algorithmic capabilities.

The upcoming new year, 2021, will kick off a massive wave for years to come towards implementing AI in all facets of business, particularly process heavy industries. Business leaders are prepared to capitalize on the benefits of AI and improve their productivity as well as decision-making capabilities.

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Crystal Ball 2021: The Digital Leapfrog

The term “leapfrog” may evoke childhood memories of playing on the playground where the idea of leaping over your friends like a frog leaping towards its destination made more sense than conventionally walking there. But in the context of technological advancement, you may be asking yourself, “what does leapfrogging actually have to do with digital transformation or Artificial Intelligence?”

Enter our second AI prediction for 2021:

Comprehensive Artificial Intelligence platforms, such as Elutions‘ Maestro, will act as a digital leapfrog to bypass outdated systems, investments in new infrastructure and out-navigating your competitors.

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Crystal Ball Predictions 2021: This Article Emphasizes The Digital Leapfrog

The concept of leapfrogging is not new, in fact it has been used in industrial organization and economic growth for many years. However, the concept of using new technologies, such as AI, to leapfrog various stages of technical infrastructure or development is quite revolutionary. The digital leapfrog makes the notion of gradual upgrades/ development obsolete and introduces the ability to disrupt the developmental stages with one huge leap past steps that may have otherwise taken years and significant financial investment to implement. The idea that growth must follow a linear pattern can be tossed aside with just one leap, if only a corporation is ready to make the jump.

Digital Leapfrogging has not been widely reported upon, written about or discussed by the consultancies and large tech companies of the world, for strategic reasons on their part. A simple google search will not produce much on the topic, but why?

The leading corporations of the world have made a fortune off of convincing businesses to follow the antiquated path of upgrading their “technological stack” or selling them on the notion that they need to purchase/ implement additional technology, such as data lakes, prior to adopting Artificial Intelligence. This approach has been utilized for many years as a tactic to get as much business from a single client as possible. This sales model has had a widespread impact on industrial purchasing and is ingrained in such a way that the digital leapfrog might seem impossible as it disrupts this entire process. Rest assured, the digital leapfrog is not only possible, taking the leap vastly increases a business’ speed to value.

The digital leapfrog presents the opportunity to use existing systems to “leap” past the competition, without additional cost, and into the future with Maestro Artificial Intelligence.

Our prediction is that, due to the uncertain times we are living in and the need not only for stability but also for exponential growth, the time of linear progression & upgrading the technological stack is long gone. Not only is it extremely costly to continuously invest in a tech stack, in most cases it is entirely unnecessary or made redundant when the end goal is an Artificial Intelligence implementation. In this day and age, many businesses are in desperate need of speed to value, something that only a digital leapfrog can provide.

Many industries are poised to benefit from Artificial Intelligence as a leapfrog, including Healthcare, Education, Telecom and Banking but those with the opportunity to use AI as a transformational leapfrog are Industrial & Chemical Manufacturing, Utilities and Oil & Gas corporations. Many manufacturers, utilities and O&G corporations run large, and sometimes international estates, with a multitude of plants or sites that may all have disparate systems, or existing infrastructure/ assets that varies in age, lifecycle and capability, the perfect environment for Maestro AI as a leapfrog.

It may all seem too good to be true, this is revolutionary and can be difficult to accept due to established procurement and purchasing habits that have been plaguing businesses for years, but it is possible with the right partner. Most leaders and organizations want breakthroughs but many of the large tech corporations are not willing to provide true innovation. The team at Elutions specializes in breakthroughs, using Maestro AI not only to leapfrog internal technological development with its ability to connect previously disparate assets, infrastructure and systems, but also to leapfrog past the competition with unrivaled speed to value.

In 2021 we will see a rapid increase of AI adoption as a digital leapfrog. Let 2021 be a year of digital transformation with Elutions as your partner. To learn more about specific case studies of Maestro Artificial Intelligence applied, please contact us.

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