The mining sector isn’t well known for advanced deployment of leading-edge IT solutions, but that may be about to change.
Dundee Precious Metals (DPM) is a Canadian-based firm with operations in Bulgaria, Armenia and Namibia, and almost 2,800 employees. It also has valuable intellectual property, such as geological survey data, that must be secured in mobile and mining environments.
But even with those challenges, DPM is becoming known as a tech leader in its sector, and is one of the few mining companies in the world that has invested in developing WiFi technology underground.
The startling result is that DPM’s underground operations are now visible to the company’s above-ground mining professionals in real time, enabling greater productivity, efficiency and, most importantly, safety.
To leverage the advantages of this advancement while meeting the organization’s growing mobility and security needs, DPM embraced cloud computing and adopted a Microsoft private cloud solution, based on System Center and Windows Server Hyper-V. It’s the kind of investment, says Mr. Gelsomini, that “saves time, reduces costs and improves operations.”
As is the case with many Canadian companies, concerns about the U.S. Patriot Act and similar European legislation made a public cloud solution unfeasible. “The data centres of most public cloud solution providers are in the U.S. or Europe; that wasn’t an option for us. We want to be in control of our data,” he says.
Microsoft’s Private Cloud technology was a natural choice for DPM, which was already using Microsoft technology such as SharePoint, Exchange and Windows Server heavily throughout the organization.
“We’ve now introduced virtualized desktops to the organization,” notes Mr. Gelsomini. “Employees can now work from home or on the road with absolutely no security risk, which is critical for us.”
As a result of the Microsoft Private Cloud deployment, the company’s overall IT costs have been dramatically reduced, and improved resolution times have increased employee productivity. “It saves so much valuable time,” says Mr. Gelsomini. “And if a server goes down or a service stops working, the global team is instantly notified.”