Many oil and gas companies are increasing their investment in IT to facilitate a more integrated and efficient operation platform, in conjunction with building a global collaborative environment. They view the cloud as a technology in line with making these goals a reality, according to a new survey by Accenture and Microsoft.

The survey of 200 professionals in international, national and independent oil and gas-related companies showed that 74% spent as much or more “focus and investment” on IT in 2011 as they did in 2010. Most of the respondents say they have plans in place to use cloud services in the future, while many have already adopted them.

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