Rationalising fragmented systems and delivering an integrated platform to reduce costs and increase business GIS maturity.

Snapshot

A mid-tier global resources company were seeking an enterprise-wide GIS platform to rationalise fragmented systems, unlock the value of their GIS data assets, and geospatially enable key business processes. They also wished to develop their GIS maturity to leverage the knowledge and skills that existed within the organisation to derive greater business value in the form of cost and operational efficiencies.  Over 18 months we partnered with the client to define the program, secure funding for the business case and build an end to end solution which significantly reduced operating costs and improved compliance outcomes.

The ability to share and collaborate using common tools and data across the organisation as it grew in scale and complexity was a critical driver of these benefits. Establishing a common platform that could be managed centrally, but operated locally according to specific requirements and constraints was another key consideration for our client as it sought to manage its operations across multiple continents.

Background

Our client were seeking an enterprise-wide GIS platform to rationalise fragmented systems, unlock the value of their GIS data assets, and geospatially enable key business processes. They also wished to develop their GIS maturity to leverage the knowledge and skills that existed within the organisation to derive greater business value in the form of cost and operational efficiencies.

Approach

We defined the program plan and business case, and identified the preferred vendor and product partner to develop our clients GIS capability over time. Our team worked with different parts of the organisation to identify their requirements and persuade them of the benefits of the proposed approach. We then developed a solution architecture in conjunction with the chosen vendor to meet these requirements and a program of work to implement it.

Delivery

As well as project managing the delivery and rollout of the platform, we first defined, then operationalised a GIS governance framework to ensure business ownership of the platform. This also established the leadership and user forums that would drive future opportunity identification and continuous improvement, as well as the ongoing management and curation of GIS data assets, to the benefit of the whole organisation.

Specifically, the platform reduced the risk of substantial costs associated with reacquiring business critical (and commercially sensitive) Exploration datasets that had previously been misplaced or corrupted, and of financial and reputational risks associated with land acquisition, disturbance and management.

It also significantly increased our client’s ability to comply with local statutory requirements for reporting associated with their mining tenements and leases. Finally, it demonstrated the corporate IT functions ability to deliver a strategic platform to support the needs of their Exploration and Mining operations, building trust and removing ad hoc demands for point solutions based on the local considerations of particular sites and locations.