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Simon Cushing

Sr Director Analyst

Simon Cushing is a Research Director in the Energy and Utilities team, focused on the upstream oil and gas industry. Mr. Cushing has more than 28 years international oil and gas experience in IT consulting, operations management, business development and leadership.

Previous experience

Mr. Cushing joined Gartner from a firm specializing in data and information management, upstream modeling and production management technologies where he ran the Professional Services organization and the Solutions Group providing strategy consulting.

Having begun his career offshore with Schlumberger, Mr. Cushing worked in geophysical surveying before joining Halliburton where he held consulting, operational management and business development roles. He has specialized in the application of digital and information management technologies to business performance. As a consultant, Mr. Cushing has advised oil and gas companies of all types across the asset life cycle in areas including data and information management, enterprise architecture, upstream interpretation and modeling technology, and digital oil field technologies.

Mr. Cushing's leadership roles have included Head of Professional Services for an oil and gas consulting firm and Head of Solutions where he established the company technical strategy and managed strategic consulting.

He has extensive experience working with supermajors, national oil companies and independents in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

Professional background


Operations Manager, Managing Consultant, Business Development Manager

Venture Information Management

Head of Professional Services and Head of Solutions

Schlumberger and Others

Field Engineer, Seismologist

Areas of coverage

Energy and Utilities Technology Optimization and Modernization

Energy and Utilities Digital Transformation and Innovation


M.S., Petroleum Geology, Imperial College, London

B.S. (2:1), Geophysical Sciences, Lancaster University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Drivers and trends in oil and gas digitalization; digitalization strategy

2Impact of digital on oil and gas operations, remote operations and the digital oil field

3Analytics, data-driven decision making and autonomy

4Petro-techical IT, upstream modeling suites vision, strategy and roadmap

5Evovling role of IT in oil and gas