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Make Data Work
21–22 May 2018: Training
22–24 May 2018: Tutorials & Conference
London, UK

Analytics-driven insights are the new oil: How Shell is transforming data science

Dan Jeavons (Shell)
9:059:30 Tuesday, 22 May 2018
Data science and machine learning, Data-driven business management
Location: Capital Suite 2/3 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: *****
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The oil and gas industry has always been at the forefront of digital transformation; from control systems in refineries to sensors across a digital oil field, data and analytics continue to be a source of competitive advantage. As the world moves to a lower hydrocarbon future, Shell is using data to drive its own organizational change. Analytics and the transformation of a skilled analyst workforce into the next generation of citizen data scientists are the keys to Shell’s growth. Shell has placed the responsibility for analytics within the office of the chief digital officer. With a seat at the strategy table, how can analytics both align and influence the direction of one of the world’s largest energy companies?

Dan Jeavons details Shell’s journey to data analytics excellence, focusing on the deployment of self-service analytics both for the data science teams who look to deploy mission-critical models for real-time use and for the longer-term strategy of filling the “data science skills gap.” Shell has been working closely with Alteryx as a co-innovation partner, driving the development of products like Alteryx Promote and developing a platform ecosystem with other innovative partners like Databricks to accelerate the development of their advanced analytics platform as part of its digitalization journey.

Data investigation and collaboration are not just for secret agents using arcane tools. They’re a world-changing set of technologies and techniques that should belong to everyone. Join in to learn how Shell validates and reinforces the value of data science in an established and traditional company and how the move to real-time models is challenging the business to keep innovating.

Topics include:

  • Shell’s downstream lubricants supply chain, which uses Alteryx’s platform to provide critical information on inventory, margin, forecast accuracy, and blending options
  • Shell’s downstream trading compliance team, which monitors operations across multiple markets, achieving compliance with current regulations and creating transferability as markets and regulations develop
  • Shell Exploration, which uses a "New Well Portal” where various subject-matter experts can come to understand future extraction opportunities
  • Shell Contracting and Procurement, which uses predictive analysis as part of a solution to optimize the ordering, storage, and utilization of pieces of spare part inventory ranging from well heads to pipeline parts
  • Shell Downstream Retail, which digests multiple data sources and transforms manual monthly process into accurate, error-free automated reporting around of the performance of its marketing campaigns
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Dan Jeavons


Dan Jeavons is general manager of Shell’s Advanced Analytics Center of Excellence within the company’s central CIO Office, where he is part of a small team tasked with developing business architecture across the group, with specific responsibilities for overseeing the implementation of a single enterprise process model. Previously, Dan was the consulting and training lead for the newly formed Process Design Centre of Excellence, where he was responsible for rolling out a standard approach for business process analysis and design across the group, as well as integrating this approach with other disciplines such as process improvement and data architecture. Prior to Shell, Dan was at Accenture, where he focused on standardizing processes from procurement through to credit risk management, gaining experience in the oil and gas business. He graduated from Oxford University with first-class honors.