Knowledge, technical innovation and teamwork are at the center of who we are. For more than 80 years, we have focused on leveraging these assets to deliver solutions that improve customer performance.
Today, our real-time technology services and solutions enable customers to translate acquired data into useful information, then transforming this information into knowledge for improved decision making-anytime, anywhere. Harnessing information technology in this way offers enormous opportunities to enhance efficiency and productivity. This is a quantum leap from providing traditional 'just-in-case' information to delivering 'just-in-time' knowledge that meets the changing needs of our customers.
Reflecting our belief that diversity spurs creativity, collaboration, and understanding of customers' needs, we employ over 105,000 people of more than 140 nationalities working in approximately 80 countries. Our employees are committed to working with our customers to create the highest level of added value. Knowledge communities and special interest groups with our organization enable teamwork and knowledge sharing unencumbered by geographic boundaries.
With 25 research and engineering facilities worldwide, we place strong emphasis on developing innovative technology that adds value for our customers. In 2009, we invested $802 million in R&D.
Schlumberger has operated in Malaysia since 1935 during which time we have provided capital investment and funding for projects that support the development of Malaysia and its citizens. We have been committed to delivering technical excellence and high quality service to our clients through our investment in advanced technical facilities, the introduction of new technologies, and the sponsorship of educational programs designed to benefit local communities across the country.
We have played a vital role in many of Malaysia’s oil fields and we believe that the technical success we have achieved here has been the result of excellent cooperation with operating companies and government bodies, and the synergy of local knowledge coupled with Schlumberger technology.