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AVEVA World Magazine 2016 #1

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Getting 'data-savvy' Respected industry analyst Monica Schnitger was right on target when she said recently that 'EPCs have to get data-savvy'. I think I would expand that trenchant observation to include their Owner Operator clients; both sides of the engineering industry work in lockstep and the information advantage has never been as important to both as it is now. The truth of this is brought into sharp focus by the case studies we feature in this magazine. This issue in particular shows how, across different industry sectors, those businesses that are already data-savvy are better able to weather the continuing global economic downturn. In the shipbuilding industry, which has suffered a market downturn longer than most others, we find that AVEVA Marine™ is enabling shipyards to thrive by being more efficient at building ever more advanced vessels that can turn a profit for their operators in the face of stiff competition and more stringent environmental regulations. The story is similar on shore. Plant builders are not only turning to AVEVA's proven integrated technologies to increase their efficiency and capabilities – especially in brownfield projects – they are also seeing the benefits of harnessing information to create Digital Assets from the outset. So the Digital Asset approach is being both pulled by the increasingly data-savvy Owner Operators, who need it to more efficiently manage their assets, and pushed by EPCs who understand its competitive advantage in a buyer's market. It's no coincidence that these successful businesses are AVEVA customers; we develop increasingly powerful technologies to make them successful. But, importantly, we also strive to enable their business value to be realised without users having to get bogged down in the technology itself. HHI have told us how they appreciate AVEVA Marine for it not requiring IT experts just to enter design information. And the response to AVEVA Engage™ from customers who need to make decisions based on information, not data, has been overwhelming. So I would qualify Ms Schnitger's assertion by saying 'information- savvy', rather than 'data-savvy.' That's where AVEVA has always been leading the market. Of course, we don't neglect the more practical aspects of using our technologies. Our first steps into Cloud deployment, in the form of the AVEVA Experience™ hands-on trial of AVEVA Everything3D™ (AVEVA E3D™), have met with great success. PDMS users have registered for it in large numbers and together we are learning much about Cloud provision of high-end engineering design software. And AVEVA E3D isn't standing still either; we have now added valuable new features and functions for the specialist needs of the mining industry. Squeezed between falling demand and prices, and increasingly challenging regulation, this sector continues to rapidly raise its game by using sophisticated technology to be ever more efficient and agile. I was delighted to see AVEVA once again being recognised as Britain's Most Admired Company. But I am even more delighted at the success we enable in our customers, and their willingness to showcase their successes in the pages of this magazine. Thank you all. By Richard Longdon Chief Executive AVEVA Group plc

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