Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) has selected DXC Technology to improve end-user computing (EUC) capabilities through the deployment of digital solutions.
Terms of the agreement will see the technology giant set-up a “flexible local” EUC service operations offering designed to improve BSP’s connectivity.
The move - unveiled during a signing ceremony at The Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei - is aligned with BSP’s IT strategy of creating “direct employment opportunities” within the country’s IT industry, while adhering to “international best standards”.
Furthermore, the collaboration will potentially create employment for up to 50 local IT experts within the contract period.
“This is a great milestone for Brunei and BSP especially in boosting the skills of our local IT professionals,” Dr Ceri M. Powell, managing director of BSP. “Through this, we hope to introduce a new generation of highly-skilled Bruneian IT professionals able to utilise new innovations towards improving ways of working.
“This will also move towards facilitating a more enabling business environment that will create spin-off opportunities, more importantly in industries beyond oil and gas, and improve Brunei’s business profile to attract foreign direct investment.”
BSP explores for, and produces, oil and gas from onshore and offshore fields for domestic consumption and export to international markets, with the Government of Brunei Darussalam and Royal Dutch Shell Group each owning a 50 per cent stake in the business.
“The oil and gas industry is in the middle of fundamental shifts - balance productivity to match demand and supply and cope with challenges of environment protection,” added Koushik Radhakrishnan, vice president and general manager of Asia, DXC. “It is where technology plays a defining role by permeating into the business to boost efficiency and performance.”
Radhakrishnan said the technology provider will also partner with BSP to provide DXC device-as-a-service (DaaS), delivered as a “next generational” digital EUC solution.
“As BSP gears up to lead the next wave of industry innovation, DXC brings global strategy with local execution, continues to grow its market presence in Brunei and is investing to hire and train skilled local talent to support the country’s mission of becoming a ‘next-gen-IT hub’,” Radhakrishnan said.