Talal Neme, Founder of oil and gas software company MI4, and winner of ETN Houston, discusses his background in computer science and accidental transition into the energy industry. After consulting on software projects, Talal recognized the faster pace and momentum in oil and gas compared to other sectors.
He highlights the importance of understanding the data and domain alongside learning to code, especially for roles like engineers crossing over into software. On the business side, Talal emphasizes avoiding hype and overpromising with things like AI, instead focusing on delivering intuitive value to users. He advocates using the right tools for the job, whether Microsoft or open source, to build commercial-grade software. Overall, Talal brings a balanced perspective from internal development and consulting to provide advice on succeeding in energy technology.