Project and portfolio management has a critical role to play in sustaining operations within the mining sector – and it bodes well for the South African economy that decision-makers understand this and place a premium on service delivery and support.
Aldo van Tonder, CEO of FOXit.
This is the view of management directing FOXit, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and service provider focused on project and portfolio management (PPM) in business.
The mining industry is considered a key focus area for the company and strategic to its objective of driving home the benefits of Microsoft Business Productivity stack, cloud-based enterprise project management and advanced mobile project management infrastructure, among a growing arsenal of hi-tech products.
To date, FOXit solutions are used within 16 mining operations nationally, including a platinum mine in the North West Province, a gold mine in the West Rand, and a mining engineering company.
For example, the company's METROit solution, an embedded mobile application for devices and operating system, is used by managers on site to approve work, log issues and risks associated with projects.
In the mining environment, solutions must be easily deployed, should add immediate and measurable value to existing processes, and require minimum training or customisation.
FOXit has also deployed Nintex products that automate business processes. In practice, this means that everything from daily work schedules to administration and document management is automatically processed. Progress can be tracked and actions executed according to prescribed deadlines.
“This means the business is saving time and money in fulfilling basic operations, the principle behind innovation in project management technology,” explains Aldo van Tonder, CEO of FOXit.
Van Tonder confirms that while the mining sector, as a whole, has traditionally been considered 'risk averse' as far as new technology is concerned, there is a renewed appreciation for what strategic solutions can do.
“We have integrated solutions within the mining sector that provide an entirely different view of data,” he continues. “One of our products, PIVOTit, a data visualisation solution, eliminates the need for old tables and charts. It is based on Microsoft's PivotViewer technology and offers users a panoramic view of data in real-time. One of its core advantages is that users can view thousands of items simultaneously.”
PIVOTit can be used to quickly source and retrieve information that is typically archived in secure and extensive databases.
For mining operations technology that allows the user to source information quickly, to manage and apply data quickly but accurately, represents true value.
According to management at FOXit, there is every reason to believe that as the relevance and significance of mining increases within South Africa's economic landscape, so too will the importance of using next-generation project and portfolio management, mobility and workflow solutions.
FOXit is a South African established national provider of solutions, service and support focused on project and portfolio management in business.
The company specialises in:
* Project and portfolio management solutions (the design, implementation, consultation and support of the automation of project and portfolio management processes and solutions)
* Business productivity solution
* Microsoft SharePoint solutions
* Mining solutions (specialist product and consulting services to South Africa's mining industry and related industries)
* Advanced technology solutions (consulting and implementation of world-class, leading-edge developed products and solutions)
Solutions are based on the Microsoft Business Productivity Stack.
The company continues to harness its expertise, experience and technology know-how to refine cloud-based enterprise project management (EPM) services to empower business across a number of industries.
The company is serious about its stance as a progressive, multidimensional service provider that openly challenges the norms that define technology service acquisition and investment.