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Deepwater Horizon, the worst-ever marine oil spill, could have been avoided had BP made smarter use of IT to manage equipment modifications.


  • Crucial steps in developing an effective management of change (MoC) solution are to catalog critical assets and procedures, identify relevant deviations, and train relevant personnel in how to apply the MoC system.

Features and Benefits

  • Describes the key considerations that an effective MoC system must address.
  • Explains how mobile technologies can improve solution effectiveness by generating alerts based on time and location.

Key questions answered

  • What is the practical difference between "change management" and "management of change"?
  • Who are some of the vendors that provide MoC (management of change) technologies?

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  • Summary
  • The damages caused by Deepwater Horizon provide an object lesson in how not to manage risks
  • The first step toward a solution is to distinguish between "management of change" and "change management"
  • Effective MoC and change management can be worth tens of billions


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