IDC Energy Insights Bolsters Worldwide Oil & Gas Analyst Team 

FRAMINGHAM, MA, July 18, 2011 – IDC Energy Insights announced today the addition of two industry analysts to its Worldwide Oil & Gas team. With additions in the Dubai and Massachusetts offices, IDC Energy Insights extends its global coverage to offer energy companies the most comprehensive business technology and application advice in the market today.

Lamia Lafdil, located in the Dubai office, has been hired as Senior Analyst to support the Worldwide Oil and Gas IT Strategies research advisory service, as well as the regional Middle East & Africa IT Opportunity: Oil & Gas program, and will serve as the lead analyst for digital oil field/integrated operations and related topics. Prior to joining IDC Energy Insights, she held business analyst positions with Total in Dubai and with Shell in The Hague and in Morocco. She is fluent in Arabic, French and English. Lamia will contribute to the IDC Energy Insights blog in the IDC Energy Insights Community and her Twitter handle is @lamialafdil.

Usman Sindhu, located in the Framingham, Massachusetts office, has been hired as Senior Research Analyst, supporting the Intelligent Grid Strategies andWorldwide Oil and Gas IT Strategies research advisory services. He will be the lead analyst for security-related topics in the utilities and oil and gas segments, as well as provide support for other energy industry technologies and applications. Prior to joining IDC Energy Insights, Usman was with Forrester Research, where he specialized in security and risk. Usman contributes to the IDC Energy Insights Community and his Twitter handle is @usmansindhu.

In addition to these new hires, the IDC Energy Insights worldwide oil & gas analyst team includes:

Rick Nicholson, Group Vice President (Denver, Colorado)

Jill Feblowitz, Vice President (Framingham, Massachusetts)

Roberta Bigliani, Head – Europe, Middle East & Africa (Milan, Italy)

Debashis Tarafdar, Head – Asia/Pacific (Singapore)

"We are thrilled to welcome Lamia and Usman to the team. Each analyst brings a unique and valuable perspective on the critical IT and business challenges facing energy companies today," said Rick Nicholson, Group Vice President, IDC Energy Insights. "We anticipate compelling research from both analysts in the coming months, designed to help our clients navigate today’s market and maximize the business value of their technology investments."

Upcoming studies from the IDC Energy Insights worldwide oil & gas team will include:

• An IDC MarketScape study on energy trading and risk management software vendors

• Cybersecurity compliance best practices for oil & gas companies

• Clean energy investments by oil & gas companies

• Vendor landscape reports for digital oil field and health, safety and environment markets

For additional information, or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with Lamia Lafdil or Usman Sindhu, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-378-2674 orsarahbethmurray@gmail.com.

About IDC Energy Insights

IDC Energy Insights assists energy businesses and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the utility and oil and gas industries. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology, media, research, and events company. For more information, please visit www.idc-ei.com, email info@idc-ei.com, or call 508-935-4400. Visit the IDC Energy Insights Community at http://idc-insights-community.com/energy. 

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