Our sector has taken a turn in the last few months. Oil prices remain in a slump and the latest figures of working oil rigs indicate a downward curve. Therefore, exploration and production companies will likely be facing some tough calls in 2015, in terms of maximising productivity and profitability, amid expected cuts in resource expenditure. It’s not long ago that the world dealt with similar hits. See the feature on page 20, where Julian Pickering of Geologix harks back to a similar situation in 2008. But we have come a long way since then in terms of technology. In this edition we take a look at how to smarten up the E& P data flow. There are several elements to consider for getting this kind of information working harder ( and more cost effectively) along the pipeline. For example, while real- time data transfer can provide valuable insights and production updates, could that bandwidth be utilised more efficiently? Check out the Data In : Data Out features on pages 20 to 27. For those planning, currently implementing, or upgrading a digital oilfield, perhaps you will find some ideas about greasing your networks in this issue.