8th Annual
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The must-attend online event for the Oil & Gas IT community
Free to attend
 Thursday 22nd April 2021
08:00 - 16:30 BST 

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The Summit

The Energy sector is changing: Against the backdrop of COVID-19, low-oil prices and energy transition, businesses across the industry have been under increasing pressure to change. 

With the significant challenges and upheaval of the last 12 months, this year's Summit will focus on adaptation, agility and transformation; discussing how IT leaders can help their organisations navigate the disruption and catalyse tangible innovation and business improvement.

Now in its 8th year, the event continues to bring together senior technologists and innovators, providing a unique forum for knowledge exchange, discussion and high-level networking. Presentations will provide informative insights on key impact areas, from business strategy, data analytics, and machine learning, to cyber security, culture and leadership.

Core Themes


  • Digitalisation: efficiency, simplification, agility, organisational transformation

  • Data: analytics, insight, business intelligence, automation, RPA, data sharing

  • Asset visibility: performance optimisation, conditioning, visualisation, digital twins

  • Emerging technologies: AI, ML, IoT, robotics, drones, blockchain, HPC, edge

  • Infrastructure: SCADA, cloud, hybrid architecture

  • Cyber security: information governance, supply chain security, GDPR

*The conference is free to attend for energy industry personnel working in relevant IT, Digital & C-Level positions. A full criteria and T&Cs are available on the registration page



DIGIT has rapidly grown into the largest independent business technology community in Scotland. Working alongside partners from industry, academia and government, we host an extensive conference series focused on core areas of emerging technology, Digital and IT. DIGIT also run Scotland's leading IT & Digital News Platform www.digit.fyi which receives over 100,000 page views per month.

Our events provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange and discussion, drawing senior stakeholders together to explore best practice, technological innovation and business outcomes. Our conferences attract a strong delegate following and have become renowned as a pivotal forum for high-level networking and engagement.

Going Virtual: The Digital Energy 2021 Summit will be hosted as a virtual event, the Summit will retain all of the key features of our normal conference programme - with keynote talks, breakouts and an exhibition hall - all hosted live on a virtual platform.










2021 Speakers

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Agenda 2021

Thursday April 22nd | Virtual Event, 6Connex

SESSION 1 - Adapting to the Changing Energy Landscape 

The opening session will examine the landscape amidst a hugely volatile time for the energy industry. Against a backdrop of low-oil prices, Covid-19 disruptions and the ongoing energy transition, presenters will consider the need for agility, innovation and wholescale digital transformation to thrive in this challenging environment.

09:15    Welcome from the conference Chair

Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland

09:20    The Agility to Adapt

  • Background: Technip merger followed by the recent transition into 2 companies

  • Implications for the team and why agility is important

  • The role of IT in managing and supporting transition and change

  • Additional challenges during the pandemic and lockdown

  • Continued innovation and development throughout the transition

  • Key learnings and how they might be applied

Stuart Millar, SVP & CIO, Technip Energies

09:40    The Energy Transition is a Digital Transformation

  • The need for increased operational visibility

  • Going beyond optimisation of single assets to achieve wider digital and net zero strategies

  • Proof points and insights from Oil & Gas majors and what they mean for the wider industry

  • Opportunities and challenges faced in the last mile

  • The role of technology in helping get the industry over the finish line

Daryn Edgar, CEO, LYTT

10:00    Energy in the Cloud

  • The pressures on IT infrastructure managers today

  • To cloud or not to cloud, what’s all the noise?

  • 5 Key reasons energy companies are moving files to the cloud  

  • Sharing, collaborating and scaling large files as you’ve never seen  

  • Boost productivity & provide improved services to geoscientists & file users 

Andy Hardy, Regional Vice President EMEA & APJ, Nasuni

10:20    Combined Q&A

10:45    Break


SESSION 2 - Breakout Sessions

Session 2 will hone-in on a variety of key topics in longer, individual slots. Presentations will be run in 30-minute increments across three parallel streams, providing delegates the opportunity to attend three of the options live. The alternative breakouts will be accessible on-demand post event.

11:00    Breakout Option 1

11:30    Breakout Option 2

12:00    Breakout Option 3


11:00 Breakout Option. Choose one option from A, B or C to attend.

Stream 1: A - A Roadmap to an Analytics Programme that Delivers

  • As organisations begin implementing digital strategies, a key early component is dashboards

  • The role of dashboards as a yardstick for promoting the realisation of our digital journeys

  • Dashboard fatigue and why the benefits can often fail to materialise

  • The missing steps to ensure this key aspect of your investment pays off

  • Practical guidance on how to re-energise your digital journey

Alex Robertson, Digital Deployment Lead, Petrofac


Stream 2: B - Operational Integrity: Safeguarding Your OT Systems with Cyber AI

  • Uncover the evolving challenges of securing industrial control systems

  • Including: digitized OT, exponential connections to Industrial IoT, and expanding internet-connected supply chains

  • A new generation of threats facing the industrial sector

  • Threat discovery: Advanced ICS attack at international airport

  • Threat discovery: Compromised AC control system in a utilities organization

Jonny Burgoyne, EMEA Team Lead, Darktrace


Stream 3: C - Change in Philosophy, Moving from a Project’s Structure to an Operations Structure

  • Document Control - Controlled & Uncontrolled Documents in a single repository (Engineer Enablement).

  • Supplier Exchange – Change Management & External Collaborators.

  • Building Digital Assets – Data Scraping & Hotspotting.

  • Plant Maintenance Integration – Brownfield Projects.


Aqeel Ajazi, Lead Product Manager, xECM for Engineering, OpenText



11:30 Breakout Option. Choose one option from D, E or F to attend.


Stream 1: D - Why Change Management Can Derail Your Digital Transformation & How to Keep it On Track

  • Summary of Digital Transformations – what it is, what it is not, and failure rates

  • How an Operator’s Digital Transformation Differs – commodities and customers

  • Key Components to  Digital Transformation – alignment for business change

  • Designing Your Business Change – strategy and segmentation

  • Delivering Your Business Change – managing the emotional side of change

  • Scaling Up Effectively – governance, pathways and KPIs


Mike Gill, IT Project Manager, Weavecentrix

Stream 2: E - Adapting the Security Function to the New Normal

  • Scaling operations to cope with the shift to mass remote working

  • Key lessons that we’ve learned

  • Don’t kick things down the road

  • Keep up the mid-long term planning and actions

  • Flexibility: we now build in a greater degree of flexibility into new tools, services, contracts products

  • Security awareness: how we’ve revised our security advice to cater for RW


Mark McRitchie, IT & Security Architect, KCA Deutag


Stream 3: F - Be More Effective Online

  • Trying to land your key messages is tough. Communicating online can be tougher.

  • How do we build rapport when it is difficult to pick up on non-verbal reactions from the audience and attention spans seem to be shorter than ever?

  • How do we get the audience to listen to us, to trust us, to hear our key messages and to remember them?

  • How do we package our messages so that they are likely to be authentic, compelling and memorable?

  • How do we persuade people to support our recommendations?


Bob Keiller, Former CEO, Wood & Derrick Thomson, Strategic Business Consultant


12:00 Breakout Option. Choose one option from G, H or I to attend.


Stream 1: G - Systems React. People Rethink

  • A better way of working: agile & operating structure

  • Design Thinking

  • Complicated and complex problems

  • Reframing and solving better problems

  • Copenhill: successful reframing casestudy


Kate McKay, Managing Partner, Design Sprint Academy


Stream 2: H - An EKANS in the grass

  • A story about EKANS malware, how groups have used it, and how it presents a unique threat to industrial control systems

  • The plausible next step in how attackers will evolve the EKANS malware strain

  • How to defend control systems against EKANS, and new malware like it, even if security resources are tight


Jordan Schroeder, CISO, Barrier Networks


Stream 3: I – Move Your Data Anywhere in Minutes


  • Why move your applications?

  • Explore different migration strategies and solutions – the good, the bad and the ugly

  • See it in action: how quick was your fastest migration?


Martin Humphrey, Enterprise Systems Engineer, Zerto



SESSION 3 - Driving Innovation and Competitive Edge

Building on the themes of the morning, the closing session will examine key internal and industry-wide barriers to innovation, and explore some proactive steps that organisations can take to overcome them. The session will then look at the increasing role that IP and internal assets can play in developing new business models and revenue streams, and how the energy industry can leverage these internal strengths to help drive transformation and profitability.

13:30    Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Digital Innovation

  • Key barriers to innovation in O&G: lack of competition, motivation and collaboration

  • Comparative example from renewables and some shared learnings

  • Where IT can help support innovation and help enable the digital journey

  • Delivering agile organisations in large corporations

  • Use your data effectively

Angus Murray, CIO, SSE Renewables

13:50    Culture Eats Strategy and Innovation for Breakfast

  • What is culture in the context of business and innovation, what do we mean by this?

  • What are the cultural challenges that impact a business and stop it from achieving a successful digital strategy

  • How does this failure impact a business long terms

  • What is the make-up of a good digital strategy - tangible and intangible

  • How to breed a more innovative culture within your business and how do you measure it

Jaye Deighton, Managing Director: Core29, a Peterson Company

14:10    Leveraging Intellectual Property for the Energy IT Sector

  • The shift to new revenue streams and business models

  • Backdrop of disruption: small tech-focussed organisations are already forcing change

  • The value of Intangible Assets: how the tech giants are already leveraging this

  • Understanding your IP and existing digital assets and how they can help create value

  • Developing new revenue streams, organisational value and competitive edge in practice

  • Shifting the mindset: leveraging your IP and assets is increasingly fundamental to adaptation and digital transformation

Charles Clark, Director of Intellectual Property, Centrica

14:30    Combined Q&A

14:55    Closing Remarks

15:00    End of Session

*the agenda is provisional and subject to change


2021 Sponsors & Exhibitors


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For enquiries about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, contact Ray Bugg on ray@digit.fyi


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