Impala Platinum (Implats) mines and processes platinum group metals (PGMs), producing approximately 22% of the world’s primary platinum. The company has around 6,000 IT users across ten mining and mineral processing sites in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Implats needed to restructure their business processes to counter the financial and operational consequences of market volatility and labour unrest.
Transforming Implats’ IT via a shift to ERP (SAP) was crucial to achieving the efficiencies they were targeting.
The challenge lay in building a lean, stable infrastructure platform with sustainable third party support, capable of carrying the vision into the future.
Securing Implats’ vision meant starting ‘from scratch’ with a total infrastructure redesign that re-engineered the service delivery model for; data centres, server/SAN, security, desktop and WAN.
Virtualisation, including early adoption for SAP was a key element in the plan.
Once the groundwork was laid, we managed the complete project roll out and transition. This included sourcing and coordinating vendors and third parties with extensive regional track records such as; Dimension Data, Telkom and Gijima.
In partnership with Implats and key third party providers, we delivered an industry standard platform that has:
- Given flexible, easy and secure access to thousands of widely dispersed users
- Slashed response times and vastly increased user productivity
- Helped to unify the business and enable the SAP transformational project “Rebangwe”
When measured against comparable industry deployments, it costs the least to support. It remains an enduring example of the benefits of thoughtful design, standardisation, and teamwork.
Sustained, skillful use of transformational IT continues to play a big part in ensuring that Implats thrives in challenging conditions.
To build on the success of the ‘from scratch’ IS rebuild, we are currently advising Implats on a range of Cloud and hybrid hosting models.