By Kim S. Nash  |  Posted 2002-12-04 Print this article Print

CGG Americas has put in a PC-cluster where it once had supercomputers as it seeks new spots to drill. There's no turning back.

CGG Americas Base Case

CGG Americas Base Case
Headquarters: 16430 Park Ten Place, Houston, TX 77084
Phone: (281) 646-2400
Business: Oil and gas research
Top technology manager: Laurent Clerc, information technology architect
Financials in 2001: $720 million in sales; $14 million net profits; $43 million operating profit
Challenge: To control a 6,000-processor cluster of personal computers that is expected to grow to 10,000 in 2003
Baseline goals:
  • Save $41 million per year through restructuring plan begun in October 1998
  • Continue to cut operating costs as a percentage of revenues. Operating costs were 83% of revenues in 2000, 80% in 2001
  • Increase company's worldwide computing power two to four times in 2003 to attract new oil and gas clients that have complex data processing needs

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    Kim has covered the business of technology for 14 years, doing investigative work and writing about legal issues in the industry, including Microsoft Corp.'s antitrust trial. She has won numerous awards and has a B.S. degree in journalism from Boston University.

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