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Pre-configured SAP solutions for mining

Pre-configured SAP Solutions

Challenges mining companies face
Are you facing tighter margins with information systems that lack the ability to access your business information?

Does your business need a best practice mining specific solution which can be managed effectively on your own at a low cost?

Deloitte can deliver a dramatically reduced total cost of ownership system without any significant disruption to business with the Mining Pre-configured solution which has been developed based on Deloitte’s many years of experience in the mining industry.

How does the Deloitte solution address the business issue?
Working in conjunction with SAP AG, our SAP Mining Practice has developed a pre-configured solution for the mining industry. This proven solution includes a fully pre-documented and pre-configured SAP solution that can be rapidly deployed and adjusted to meet clients’ specific needs. Notably, the solution incorporates SAP’s Best Practices for Mining, which was developed with extensive input from Deloitte. By speaking the industry’s language, the solution provides mining companies of any size with a means to implement SAP faster and smarter, using fewer resources and causing less business disruptions

Benefits to your organisation
Deloitte’s pre-configured SAP Mining Solution can help your company quickly establish a platform for growth. You’re up and running 50% faster than conventional systems, plus, the software package helps you simultaneously address the operational challenges and capacity constraints that your company could be facing during these challenging times and at all times provide you with the flexibility you require with an ERP system.

Frank van Niekerk
Tel: +27 (0)11 209 8028

IT Governance

Challenges mining companies face
CXO’s want to and should know the return on investment (ROI) of IT in their business. This informs future IT investment decisions as well as current actions that may need to be taken in IT. It is also important to understand what the critical systems are to the business and whether sufficient focus, time and resources are being applied to these systems. It is also important to assess how these may be impacted by cost rationalisation efforts. IT governance, which is receiving increased attention from shareholders and the board as a result of recent legislation, and other areas, are key to the CXO. How well aligned are the business objectives with our IT strategy?

How does the Deloitte solution address the business issue?
Our approach is a good component of an approach to IT governance. Our approach recognises that cost optimisation is a journey and our tool output provides the first step in that direction. The tool is aligned with COBIT® (Control Objectives for Information and related Technology) and is facilitated through a half-day workshop. The tool has been developed in conjunction with Gary Hardy, an advisor to Deloitte and the ITGI (IT Governance Institute), a recognised leader in IT governance thinking and a key contributor to COBIT®.

Benefits to your organisation
The tool output is designed to assist management in achieving:

  • Cost effective management of IT assets
  • Well managed IT processes
  • Optimised use of human capital

Claude Martin
Tel: +27 (0)11 806 5496

Application Integrity

Challenges mining companies face
As organisations rely ever more heavily on application information and information and communications technologies, the firm wide risks associated with them escalate rapidly. Data accuracy and protection; the gathering and use of financial and other sensitive data; and control over internal and external access to software applications are some of the most crucial concerns of today.
In addition to organisation wide risks there are the practical software-related risks and concerns to be mitigated. Compliance with changing regulatory and legal requirements is a constant and growing pressure. Competitive use of new technologies and the speed with which they can be deployed is critical in attaining early mover advantages.
Given these pressures, the business case for investing in a strong, highly automated internal security and control environment grows stronger all the time.

How does the Deloitte solution address the business issue?
Every application system (new or existing) has its own unique parameters and requirements. That’s why our approach is practical, risk-based and modular – enabling us to tailor our approach to meet your specific needs. Our Application Integrity services include:

Application security
Assess, design and implement application security controls for the automated business processes. Security accelerator templates provide guidance related to role definition and applicable Segregation of Duties. This process includes security set-up, maintenance, administration and operations for all environments, as well as development, quality assurance, training and production.

Business process controls
Assess, design and implement internal control frameworks that leverages a cost-effective mix of automated and manual controls embedded in the automated business processes. These controls may include internal controls over financial reporting as required by Sarbanes-Oxley and other similar regulations and potentially other operational, compliance and privacy-related controls, depending on management’s requirements.

Interface and data migration controls
Assess, design and implement controls that manage the risk in the accuracy and completeness of interfaces and data conversions between newly built, legacy and third-party software applications.

Compliance tools
Assess, design and implementation of “smart” tools for Sarbanes-Oxley and other compliance considerations. These services encompass the people, process and technology transformation aspects to help you improve the cost of compliance through automation as well as embrace long-term sustainment approaches.

Benefits to your organisation
The benefits of a robust software-based internal controls programme are evident. With these controls in place, you can:

  • Reduce the potential for fraud and problems around financial reporting;
  • Comply with laws and regulations, including those relating to corporate governance, internal controls, risk management and privacy, among many others;
  • Reduce the risk of asset or resource losses;
  • Optimise business decisions with higher quality, more timely information; and
  • Improve operating inefficiencies.

Yolande Kruger
Tel: +27 (0)11 209 6535

Application Management Services

Challenges mining companies face
The evolution of AMS is approaching an inflection point with cost no longer the sole focus. Forward looking IT organisations are starting to view applications management as a platform for driving business innovation and value.

Organisations face mounting pressure to reduce cost and drive greater ROI and therefore a renewed focus is being placed on innovation and rapid delivery. There is also heightened attention to risk and regulatory environment and increased expectations for quality. Services that are not tightly aligned with business objectives diminish the return on application investments and innovation and continuous improvement becomes disconnected from the IT support department. Support issues are large, growing more complex, and touch the entire business meaning that IT expense bases are soaring but capital budgets for technology enabled business innovations are constrained. Nearly two out of three IT dollars are now sunk into operational services.

How does the Deloitte solution address the business issue?
Our Deloitte Application Management Services (AMS) practice delivers functional and technical capabilities across a global platform to continuously deliver on client specific business objectives. We are relentlessly focused on driving down costs, improving quality, and accelerating value in every aspect of our services.

Our Application Management Services span the entire continuum from up-front advisory services through application optimisation and innovation.

  • Globally Delivery Network
    • A Global footprint serving our clients where they work. Over 600 practitioners focused on AMS in the US alone, combined with over 7 000 practitioners performing AMS services worldwide.
  • Services
    • A full suite of application management services offerings - advisory through maintenance, optimisation and innovation.

Benefits to your organisation
We leverage deep expertise from our industry, technical and functional competency centres to deliver differentiated application management service results:

  • Industry: leveraging industry specific insights and intellectual capital across 27 industry segments, allowing us to make better, faster, more informed application management decisions
  • Technical/functional: bringing to our clients market recognised expertise and deep partnerships with SAP and Oracle, allowing us to face off against our clients most complex, multi-dimensional application challenges.
  • Technologies
    • A comprehensive coverage of outsourced applications - information management, custom applications and ERP application, tools, techniques and related disciplines
  • Delivery Structure
    • An ability to provide the right resources at the right price in the delivery modes and business models that best meet our clients objectives
  • People
    • A broad and deep bench of resources, spanning technical, functional and industry domain expertise differentiated by a strong business acumen
  • Methods and tools
    • A globally standardised methodology and integrated out-of-the-box toolkit to accelerate the build, configuration, execution and realisation of value from AMS
  • Value Level Management
    • Tying the performance and accountability of the AMS organisation to the objectives and business outcomes of our clients.

Glen Krynauw
Tel: +27 (0)11 517 4688

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