As part of our commitment to the American market, we’ve teamed up with a local partner in Houston.
Pumpjack Online provides production accounting services and software to upstream companies. The CEO, Brian Eukel, has over 20 years experience in the oil and gas industry, with ten of those in production accounting, making him the perfect partner for EnergySys.
Brian kindly took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for us. Find out more about his experience, what makes him tick, and why he thinks EnergySys is a good fit for the US market.
Q1: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I have lived in Texas for quite some time, but I’m originally from California. I studied computer science at UC Berkeley long ago, when programs were entered in punch cards and memory was measured in Kilobytes.
I have written my share of code, including lots of machine language in the early days. Over the years my career focus has shifted from software development into roles with more customer contact, including product management, project management, and sales and marketing.
Q2: How long have you been involved in the oil and gas industry?
I started with Texaco as a contractor a few months before Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990. The invasion set off the 1990 oil price shock, with oil doubling in price in 90 days. Coming from the relatively stable world of software development it was a real eye-opener.
Q3: Tell us about your experience in production accounting
I was the Product Manager for Sigmafine for 8 years, beginning when Sigmafine was just a bootleg project in the back room. Sigmafine provides production accounting for refineries. As product manager I visited refineries all over the world. I stopped counting how many refineries I had visited when I passed 100.
Following Sigmafine I moved upstream, managing installation projects for a company supplying upstream production accounting software. I managed a dozen different installations while I worked there. The largest of those was a customer with more than 6000 wells in 7 different states.
In 2009 I started my own company, Pumpjack Online. We provide production accounting services and software to upstream companies. Since we actually do production allocation each month as well as providing the software, we have to “eat our own dog food”. Working as an actual production accountant has been a humbling experience. It is a lot harder than it looks from the outside.
Q4: Describe some of the highlights from your career
Travelling to refineries around the world as Sigmafine Product Manager was certainly a highlight. Refineries are usually situated so they have easy access to crude oil. Tourist appeal is not a consideration. This can result in some unusual experiences, such as dealing with ATMs that only speak Arabic. After a few trials I managed to get cash (and a receipt in Arabic) by guessing at which key to press based on “muscle memory” from using ATMs over the years.
International calling is commonplace now, but in the 1990s it was just beginning to be widespread and inexpensive. I was so amazed by the technology that I would call other remote parts of the world just for the entertainment value. Once when I was in Venezuela I called an associate who was working on a job in Singapore, just so I could claim that I had called all the way to the other side of the earth. I don’t think he appreciated being woken up though. Calling home to Houston from on top of the Great Wall of China was also a memorable bit of fun.
Starting my own company and keeping it afloat for the last 7 years has certainly been a proud achievement as well.
Q5: What do you think makes EnergySys a good fit for the US Market?
The EnergySys platform begins with spreadsheets, a tool familiar to most users. The platform extends the capabilities of spreadsheets by adding all the items you need for a complete application: objects, screens and workflows, persistent data storage. These items are managed using a “no code” environment. This allows customers to easily modify standard applications available from EnergySys or develop their own tools from scratch.
All of this adds up to superior flexibility and ease of modification by users. I think customers in the US will discover that when it comes to applications platforms, EnergySys really stands out from the crowd.
Q6: 3 things that make you happy and 3 things that drive you crazy?
- Peaches picked from the tree
- San Francisco
- Airport Security
- Upgrading windows
- Yellow lights on the back of trucks that never stop flashing
Brian is based in Houston and has extensive knowledge of the production allocation and reporting market. He is on hand for meetings or to answer any questions you may have. Call +1 713 260 9621 or email email@example.com if you’d like to speak with Brian.