Strategic information technology innovation orientation

Which issues pertaining to information technology are strategic for the gas infrastructure?

Egon Berghout and Yeliz Eseryel (Photo: EDGaR/Jan Buwalda)


The aim of the studies is to develop awareness and to acquire knowledge on the strategic information technology for gas infrastructure companies from a fundamental and business perspective. The actual changing stakeholder force field within the business and the emerging disruptive technologies outside our business make the execution of these studies relevant and urgent at the same time.

There are three drivers bringing the change. First, the diverse surging dynamics in commodity trading and following consolidation towards one maturing spot market in Northwest Europe. Second, fundamental changes in our sector and in the gas (infra) value chain initiated by regulation and industry consolidation for lasting and continuous cost effectiveness. And third, the increasing role of information technology within and beyond our business, and the rapid development of information technology capabilities.

Both drivers position information technology as a prime enabler for further existing efficient and newly to be developed business for gas and energy infrastructure. Because of this, five research studies were defined, all suiting the strategic information technology innovation orientation (SITIO). The first project covers big data and analytics (two studies). The second project entails the role of information technology in gas infra. The third project is titled: ‘snapshot: information technology control and agility’ and the fourth project 'metering convergence'.

The overreaching aim of the proposed studies is to develop and acquire awareness and knowledge on the strategic information technology gas infrastructure issues at hand from a fundamental and business perspective.

ThemeFuture energy systems
Leader: Roy Fischer (Gasunie) 
PartnersGasunie, University of Groningen (with the cooperation of the European School of Management and Technology, Berlin)
Budget: 0.3 million euro
Duration: May 2014 / December 2014 


Egon Berghout(University of Groningen)
Roy Fischer (Gasunie)
Joe Peppard (European School of Management and Technology, Berlin)
Yeliz Eseryel (University of Groningen)