Mining magnate Queensland Nickel (QN) has celebrated the implementation of a new SAP system after the purchase of the Yabulu refinery north-west of Townsville last year.
The refinery was previouisly owned by BHP Billiton and QN partnered with SAP and COSOL to complete the project.
The implementation involved isolating the entire IT systems and infasturucture for the refinery over a strict six month timeline so QN could operate as a separate company; part of the requirement under BHP Billiton's conditions of sale.
Queensland Nickel chief financial officer, Basil Ahyick, said the partnerships forged during the implementation provided the key to the quick turnaround and success of the project.
"The combination of strong executive support from the QN leadership team, together with the deep industry expertise from COSOL and support from SAP resulted in a successful implementation of our new SAP systems. The partnership of QN, COSOL and SAP provided QN with the right team to deliver on our aggresive timeframes for the cut-over to the new environment," Ahyick said.
The implementation used SAP’s ECC6 Business Suite to manage finance, supply, maintenance, sales and marketing, payroll and HR systems, as well as SAP XI for integrations and the BusinessObjects reporting suite for advanced business and performance reporting.
The news comes as IBM last month announced it would be establishing a solutions centre in an effort to reduce mining costs.
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