Frequently Asked Questions

General questions and answers are listed here. For more detailed questions, pick one of the options below.

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Why would suppliers and end-users go through TechnologyCatalogue.com instead of talking directly?

Suppliers often don’t know who to target in end-user companies; end-users often simply don’t know what’s all available in the market. As a result, they focus on conventional practices to meet their production targets or work towards project milestones. The moment they do know about solutions, they often lack the specific capability to get the technologies deployed.

Is TechnologyCatalogue.com a replacement for direct contact between supplier and end-user?

Definitely not. It does, however, help to reach out to more potential customers, via the growing user community of TechnologyCatalogue.com. Also, it gives additional channels into end-user companies.

Does TechnologyCatalogue.com focus on novel innovations, proven technologies, or both?

Both. Most companies in the Energy industry want to be a (fast) follower, and they are therefore most interested in technologies successfully used by others. However, our experience also is that the moment value is delivered through the deployment of proven technologies, end-users are open to hearing about novel solutions. The proven technologies can, therefore, help to pave the path for novel solutions.

Can people not just use Google to search for solutions?

In theory yes. In practice: when using Google, you have to be very, very specific in order to find a technology. That’s actually one of the reasons why end-users welcome this innovation.

There are already various platforms available in the industry. What makes TechnologyCatalogue.com different?

There are indeed various platforms focussing on novel technologies, but these type of platforms typically only reach people in the innovation department of end-user companies.
Also, there are platforms available focussing on specific disciplines, or technologies from a certain country (e.g. through trade organisations). But this is not helping the end-user, who wants to get the overview. A final difference: some other platforms that we are aware of are quite passive. We provide active support, such that all players involved see their business improve.

Who supplies the information?

The suppliers provide the information, with the exception of user/expert reviews. The fact that reviews can be given helps to keep suppliers honest about the pros/cons and specifications of their technology. Similar to the way platforms such as Booking.com and TripAdvisor work.

Can anyone post their technology? What are the criteria?

As part of the registration process, suppliers need to explain the innovative aspect of their technology. It is our decision to accept or reject registrations, and we do that based on our technology & innovation experience. We also seek the opinion of independent experts in our network.

The information about each technology is very brief. How does it help end-users to make a selection?

The information is deliberately kept limited. Technology naturally has to be sound. But at the end: particularly people with limited time (such as asset managers) don’t select technology based on the details; people select technologies because companies and people they know and trust have used it before a detailed assessment is done by relevant staff.

The answer you just gave doesn’t help new technology for which there’s no track record. How does that work?

Our experience has always been that asset managers and other decision-makers are reasonable people. The moment you deliver value to them with proven technologies, they are prepared to talk about novel solutions. However, if you approach people straight away. with a novel solution, then you find the door closed in most cases. This has nothing to do with (perceived) risk-averseness of the industry, this is the same way we respond to things in daily life, e.g. related to construction or maintenance activities in our own house. We can support suppliers of novel solutions with the right tactics to get technology introduced.

Does TechnologyCatalogue.com replace exhibitions?

Not necessarily. Exhibitions are important for networking. At the same time, exhibitions are often not as effective as they could be.

  • They can be quite overwhelming.
  • As a supplier, you can only be at one place at a time; i.e. only man a booth in the Norway pavilion, and not be at a subsea technology pavilion simultaneously.
  • End-users are typically keen to meet other users and experts that have experience with technology (and not only hear the sales pitch).
  • Decision-makers in the Oil & Gas industry such as asset managers typically spend no or limited time at exhibitions.

TechnologyCatalogue.com addresses those points, and would, therefore, be a valuable complement to the other efforts made by the exhibition organisers to accomplish their mission. TechnologyCatalogue.com can e.g. be used to create online pavilions, showing the relevant subset of technologies in TechnologyCatalogue.com. Please contact us for further details.

How can TechnologyCatalogue.com support technology suppliers and end-users? 

Suppliers often do not have a clear picture of who to target for their technologies, while end-users are often overwhelmed, or not abreast, of all relevant technologies available in the market. 

TechnologyCatalogue.com addresses these challenges by bringing together end-users, tech suppliers, and tech experts in one platform. The free tech pages we offer allow suppliers to be visible to potential clients in the energy sector and related industries all over the world, with our premium features giving them more insights on the users viewing their tech pages. 

End-users, on the other hand, can refer to just one portal for proven and novel technologies in the market, with filters available for a more convenient searching experience. When registered, end-users can also see reviews on these technologies written by our tech experts based on their technical expertise and/or previous experience with the product.

Is TechnologyCatalogue.com a replacement for direct contact between suppliers and end-users?

TechnologyCatalogue.com DOES NOT replace direct contact between supplier and end-user, it complements it especially in times of limited mobility for both parties. It facilitates matchmaking between suppliers and end-users all over the globe through the dynamic features of the platform. 

Suppliers who normally connect with potential customers through exhibitions, conferences or one-to-one meetings can also use their tech pages to showcase their technologies’ unique features to the growing user community of TechnologyCatalogue.com. 

End-users, on the other hand, can check out features, reviews, and deployment profiles of technologies they are interested in, and contact the suppliers straight via the contact form on their technology pages. 

Is the use of the platform free?

Access to the basic functionality of the platform is FREE. In addition, we offer premium services to suppliers, end-users, and tech experts. 

If you’re a supplier, then we can support you with attracting the best buyers for your tech. If you’re an end-user, we can support you with selecting the right tech to address your business needs, and with the insight, tools & processes to get the technology deployed.  If you’re a tech expert, we can help you to acquire consultancy jobs to support suppliers and end-users. 

Do you get commissions from transactions resulting from contacts made on the platform?

Transactions between technology end-users and suppliers or between end-users and tech experts as a result of the matchmaking role of the platform are independent of the platform. We do not work on a commission basis.

If using the platform is free and you do not get commissions from transactions resulting from using the platform, how does TechnologyCatalogue.com make money?

We offer premium features and value-based services to tech suppliers and tech experts that give them insights into their viewers and more visibility on the platform as well as our other communication channels.

Additionally, we offer customised services to energy operators and tech suppliers.

Does TechnologyCatalogue.com focus on novel innovations, proven technologies, or both?

TechnologyCatalogue.com hosts BOTH novel innovations and proven technologies. Most companies in the Energy industry want to be (fast) followers, and they are therefore most interested in technologies successfully used by others. However, our experience also is that the moment value is delivered through the deployment of proven technologies, end-users are open to hearing about novel solutions. Hence, we give our end-users access to both types of technological solutions.

Can people not just use Google to search for solutions?

In theory, yes. In practice, Google will overwhelm end-users with the number of search matches that will pop up when searching for technology. Either you have to be very specific with keywords you use to search or you have to parse through thousands of search matches to arrive at relevant results. With TechnologyCatalogue.com, searching is simplified with the use of filters that are based on years of experience in the sector and feedback from end-users. 

Who supplies the information for tech and tech expert pages?

The tech suppliers and tech experts provide the information, with the exception of user/expert reviews. Reviews are provided independently either by our tech experts (for tech pages) or previous clients. TechnologyCatalogue.com’s operations team reviews the information provided and makes sure they pass the standards we set for technology pages.

Can anyone post their technology? What are the criteria?

As part of the registration process, tech suppliers need to explain the innovative aspect of their technology. It is our decision to accept or reject registrations, and we do so based on our technology and innovation experience. We also seek the opinion of independent experts in our network.

The information about each technology is very brief. How does it help end-users to make a selection?

The components in the tech pages were carefully selected to give an adequate but concise overview of the technology. These are components we deemed are consistent across technology domains and themes, without missing out too much on the individual features of the technologies. Information provided on the tech pages were enough to make a comparison with other similar technologies and make the decision whether to reach out to the supplier or not.

Does TechnologyCatalogue.com replace exhibitions?

Not necessarily. Exhibitions are important for networking. However, there are prerequisites of technology positioning (for suppliers) and selection (for end-users that exhibitions could not fully address. For instance, as a supplier, you can only be at one place at a time; i.e. only man a booth in the Norway pavilion, and not be at a subsea technology pavilion simultaneously. Furthermore, end-users are typically keen to meet other users and experts that have experience with technology (and not only hear the sales pitch).

TechnologyCatalogue.com addresses those points, and would, therefore, be a valuable complement to the other efforts made by the exhibition organisers to accomplish their mission. TechnologyCatalogue.com can, for example, be used to create online pavilions, showing the relevant subset of technologies in TechnologyCatalogue.com. Please contact us for further details.

I noticed that you also have partner platforms, such as the UK Energy Technology Platform. What is the link between TechnologyCatalogue.com and the partner platforms?

The partner platforms are all part of the overall TechnologyCatalogue.com structure, and make use of the same database and ‘engine’. The moment a technology is on one platform, it can also be included on other platforms where applicable. This way further increasing the visibility of the technology.