There’s a popular phrase in American public affairs: “All politics is local.” Although the quip is more closely aligned to former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill, its origins are far more unclear than a simple history textbook reference. Applied more liberally, it’s an idiom that can hold true for any industry heavily immersed in both technological advances and political jockeying, especially oil and gas.
It's tempting to think of software as just creating the digital counterparts of real-world items such as email versus letters or an Excel spreadsheet versus a ledger. And at a basic level, this is true. After all, the oil and gas industry spends $5 billion each year on paper records which can be managed more inexpensively by digital document software.