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Journey Into Digital Mining Technology

Johannesburg, South Africa 17 August 2018. Schneider Electric South Africa is aware of the impact that the technological aspects of digital mining transformation are having on the overall mining industry transformation and the challenges that technology buyers need answered.

“The mining industry is in many cases at the very early stages of digital transformation. But as the dynamic environment of the future of mining shifts, companies that have started the transformation will realise the operational value and increased profitability that digital brings,” explains Marc Ramsay, ‎Vice President Industry Business Unit at Schneider Electric South Africa.

“These will come from value chain planning and scheduling, organisational change and process reengineering utilising digital technologies; all which activities are the required parts of creating a digitisation scale. We recommend that mining companies assess themselves and offer these steps as a guide.”

1. Assess the business level of capability in each of these five dimensions.
  • Leadership
  • Omni-Experience
  • Work Source
  • Operating Model
  • Information
2. Identify your transformation strategy.
  • What level of maturity is optimal for your company?
3. Initiate and enable strong state of leadership in early stages of transformation.
  • Diagnose the leadership capabilities for each area and their ability to create and execute the vision for digital transformation of the company and its ecosystem(s)
  • Assess if there are adequate tiers and recognition in place among senior leadership.
  • Is the technology-led transformation able to enable the business strategy? Is senior leadership willing to act? What are the barriers to action?
4. Develop a holistic digital strategy
  • Starting with an assessment of capabilities that you have in place now across the five disciplines
  • An understanding of where you are trying to get is critical; the next step will be the assessment of how to get there
  • Implementation will need to be punctuated by short-term achievements.
  • Clearly articulating wins to internal stakeholders will be critical
Next 12-24 months
1. The digital mining strategy and road map will need to be embedded within
  • Strategy will also need to be orchestrated with functional delivery across the business and value chain.
2. The roles in place across the mine site operations will need to undertake significant organisational restructure
  • This will enable the change; for some companies, this will be the IT group, and for others, it will be a separate group concerned with enabling and implementing end-to-end digital processes.
  • The restructure will affect process, structure, skill sets, incentives, roles and communication.
3. The ability to improve in maturity will largely depend on how organisations can effectively create organisational focus and integration of new agile mining operations.

Next 24-36 months
1. Top priority will be to enhance and further develop capabilities for operational agility.
  • All technology that is chosen within the first 24 months will essentially ‘build the foundation’, which enables agility. (This is based on the availability of data.)
2. Also critical is the organisational restructure that is focused on breaking down silos.

3. Work with supply chain, OEMS, contractors and other external partners to develop intelligence.
  • Feedback loops to drive rapid operational improvements and success.
“The digital transformation does not happen instantaneously, it is a journey. You will need to understand within your road map what initiatives can be deployed utilising agile practices and what will require delivery against a road map,” concludes Ramsay.

Schneider Electric South Africa assists mining companies in addressing their challenges; be these safety sustainability, operational efficiency, value chain efficiency or projects and services; though its global expertise. For more information, go to Meeting mining challenges.

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