Accenture bolsters its Connected Mine offering in Australia with partnership

04 July 2018

RPM Global, a global mining technology provider based out of Brisbane, has entered into a contract with Accenture subsidiary Proquire. The move will aid the further development of Accenture’s The Connected Mine solution services which combine IoT, cloud and analytics. 

The Connected Mine is a digital window into a mines operations which can help to improve productivity, protect miners and predict equipment maintenance. The software connects individual sets of data which come from vehicle movements, yield, workers and conditions to create an overview of an entire mine. 

Both firms have entered into a master software subscription license agreement so that Proquire will provide Accenture’s Connected Mine services to RPM. The move will open up a range of Accenture’s existing customers to RPM who also offer an integrated mining operations platform. The software is built of industry standards and integrates the planning and scheduling, with maintenance and execution, and simulation and costings on a digital platform. 

The Australian firm which was founded in 1968 is based out of Brisbane and has a further five locations in Australia, in Wollongong, Perth, Sydney, Maitland and Mackay. RPM also have offices scattered throughout North America and Asia as well as in  South Africa and Chile. The firm has worked in over 150 countries around the globe and had an annual revenue in 2017 of $74.8 million, of which 67% was from software. 

Accenture’s Proquire Solutions partners with Australian mining software solutions and advisory firm

Richard Mathews, RPM’s CEO and Managing Director commented on the deal by saying that he was excited to work with the likes of Accenture. “RPM is pleased to conclude this agreement with a true recognised global leader in digital transformation. RPM’s products will now be made available to the mining industry through the Accenture Connected Mine offering.

Mathews continued, affirming the impact that the partnership would have on the industry and how combining the expertise of the two global leaders would benefit the development of the software. “Working together, Accenture and RPM can bring mine engineering insight together with operational acumen into one central system for analysis and decision making.” 

“This relationship also includes our XECUTE product which will enable mine planning engineers and first line supervisors who are executing the mines operational plans to monitor real time data on the operating performance within the mine,” continued Mathews.

“This insight will facilitate the ability for end users to predict end-of-period outcomes so they can adjust their plans mid-shift if needed,” he explained. “If a change is warranted the system will distribute the new plan to the team in the mine in real time. The system will also monitor activity in the mine and will alert the user to potential safety risks.”


Partners in Performance launches digital transformation unit

25 April 2019

Australian-origin management consulting firm Partners in Performance (PIP) has launched a new unit dedicated to digital transformation, bringing together offerings for technology and human capital.

The move comes at a time when digital has become a top strategic priority for organisations of all sizes. “Technology is creating new ways of operating, raising expectations and enabling new business models,” explained Gerd Schenkel, leader of the new wing PIP Digital.

Leveraging technology, companies are bolstering the way they identify and engage with customers and optimise customer experiences, and in parallel improving their internal operations including manufacturing and supply chain, as well as back-office functions such as human resources. Meanwhile, government institutions are embracing digitisation to enhance their provision of public services to businesses and citizens, while applying smart tooling to improve activities such as tax collection, fraud detection and public safety. 

In a KPMG survey on strategic priorities of Australia’s C-suite leaders in the private and public sector, digital transformation came out on top as the top factor, ahead of innovation and regulation. The growing opportunities and burning platform for adopting emerging technologies is resulting in a rapid growth in digital transformation spending. According to analyst firm IDC, global spending on digital transformation was up 18% last year to $1.18 trillion – an amount almost equal to the GDP of countries such as Australia and Indonesia.

Partners in Performance launches digital transformation unit

As part of their digital endeavours, organisations frequently turn to external experts for support, including management consultants, with the market for digital transformation consultancy booming. In Australia, digitisation is now the number one growth driver of the country’s US$5 billion consulting industry, with data & analytics, moves to cloud-based systems, Industry 4.0 and robotics process automation among the most in-demand solutions. 

A large number of digital transformation programmes however do not achieve the goals set; one estimate places the share of failed or suboptimal transitions at two thirds of all transformations. “We’ve observed many traditional attempts at digital transformation fail for a variety of reasons,” Schenkel agreed. 

PIP Digital has been setup to help customers approach digital transformation in an integral manner, “ensuring technology and people work in sync”, a mix which is set to enable the delivery of lasting results. Schenkel: “It has been disappointing to see many organisations being seduced into deploying canned technology as a core part of their digital agendas, overlooking the critical need to design new business models and processes around humans and their needs. We are here to close a gap in the market.”

He continued, “With our new service offer, Partners in Performance will provide a fresh approach to how organisations approach their digital agenda.” To this end, PIP Digital has brought together already present digital expertise across Partners in Performance’s footprint, spanning among others technology (led by Phil Ridley), analytics (Juan Ferrara), customer experience (Steven Henderson), and back office transformation (Malcolm Allen). Partners in Performance launched in Australia in 1996 and today has over 300 consultants across offices in Australia & New Zealand, Asia, Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

Schenkel has been brought on board to establish and grow the arm, bringing a wealth of experience in the digital realm to the consulting firm. He formerly was the CEO of payment company Tyro, an Executive Director of Telstra Digital and was the founder of UBank, NAB’s digital bank. “If executed  well, then digitisation can be a powerful opportunity for companies to stand out from their competitors and open up new growth avenues,” he concluded.

Other larger consulting firms with a dedicated digital arm include Deloitte (Deloitte Digital), McKinsey & Company (McKinsey Digital), Boston Consulting Group (BCG Platinion, BCG Gamma and BCG Digital Ventures), Bain & Company (Bain Digital) and PwC (PwC Digital).