Chris Niven is Research Director for IDC Energy Insights, responsible for thought leadership in the application of information and communications technology to oil and gas. Chris brings over 20 years of experience in IT in the context of oil and gas. He has advised super-majors, majors, independents national oil companies and oil field services companies on IT strategy, assessment and planning. Chris' knowledge of industry processes and systems also runs deep, touching well life cycle management, real-time operations, land/lease, capital project management and technical data management. Chris currently leads the Worldwide Oil and Gas IT Strategies practice.