May 2000

Feedstocks, Products, and Terminals

Enterprise agility: the impact of e-commerce on the hydrocarbon marketplace

Markets are changing fast. Are you ready?

The emergence of the new "connected" business model - one in which companies collaborate with their upstream suppliers and downstream clients along with their manufacturing partners - has demonstrated new opportunities to run large-scale businesses in a different way. And refining is behind this curve. For many years, the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) market has been seen as a technology leader in the manufacturing industries. Pioneering changes in process technology paved the way for development and growth of petrochemicals, chemicals, polymers and many other specialized businesses. Advanced computing technologi

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