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Digital Transformation Drives Mining Industry Innovation

By now we’ve all heard the term “digital transformation” – the rethinking of existing business models and processes through the use of technology. We have read and been told that if we’re not transforming, we’re going to be left behind. That part is true, actually, but that’s not our point here. Our point is that we shouldn’t be talking about digital transformation as a thing – we ought to be acting on it. Easier said than done, right? Ernst and Young recently outlined a wave approach to digital transformation that offers a simple roadmap to help mining companies use technology to outperform their competition.

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Integrated Mining Solution Leads Digital Transformation

There’s a technology shift afoot in the mining industry. Once considered behind the technology eight ball compared to other industries, today’s mining operations are embracing technology in in new and expanded ways in what’s been called a quiet revolution in the industry. More mining companies are now using technology to integrate their operations, lower operating costs, and boost productivity. Which technology investments generate the best results for mining companies? Here are our top-five winners.

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Lower Costs with Predictive Maintenance in Mining

Mining companies have gone from spending 1% of revenue on IT in 2015 to an estimated 10% in 2020. Considering that mining maintenance costs alone can run from 30% to over 50% of total mine operating costs, it makes sense to direct some of that spending to the activity responsible for half its costs.

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Business Intelligence Data Allows Mining Companies to Look Ahead

For a mining company seeking sustainable growth and profitability, information is critical. You are already be generating a tremendous amount of data from the field and the office, but how quickly and how effectively are you able to access and analyze that data to unlock the actionable insights within? Gaining access to actionable data requires a powerful business intelligence (BI) tool to uncover the gems.

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Rethinking Mining Operations amid the COVID pandemic

Recently, research giant McKinsey advised mining companies to rethink their responses to the pandemic, and outlined a “5R” approach: Resolve, Resilience, Return, Reimagine, and Reform. Similarly, in Understanding COVID-19’s impact on the mining & metals sector, Deloitte speaks about three dimensions of managing the crisis: Respond, Recover, and Thrive. Extrapolating from these insights, we offer up our own take on how mining companies can survive and thrive in the new global economy.

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