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Føllesdal Tjønn has extensive experience in software development for the energy, maritime and finance industries, most recently as CEO of DNV GL's software business. The Software House will pull together software engineers across Aker Solutions to consolidate the company's development in this area. They will combine efforts with the company's oil and gas engineers to create value for customers, building on the company's existing digital technologies.
"Everything we are now doing as an industry is being shaped by the tremendous power and potential of digitalization," said Luis Araujo, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions. "With the creation of the Software House we can fully harness and deliver on this potential. We are delighted to welcome a person of Are's caliber on board to lead this effort."
Aker Solutions is a leader in digital project execution and integration of data across the life of a field. It also provides products that allow customers to move toward more complex condition monitoring and predictive and preventive maintenance.
The Software House will incorporate the company's PUSH program, a digital innovation initiative to improve efficiency in field developments and maintenance projects. A key objective is to accelerate the development of field concepts, reduce costs and optimize solutions for the total life of field.
"We are creating digital solutions to integrate the different parts of a field – from subsea to surface and through the entire lifetime of a development," said Araujo. "This will enable significantly more efficient operations and reduce costs of operating and developing fields."
Aker Solutions is a global provider of products, systems and services to the oil and gas industry. Its engineering, design and technology bring discoveries into production and maximize recovery. The company employs approximately 14,000 people in about 20 countries.