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How we integrated IT for two new operations in under 60 days

(Without affecting mine operations)

· IT integration,Evolution Mining,IT strategy

A major investment for Evolution Mining

Following the announcement in April 2015 that La Mancha’s Mungari Operations and Barrick Gold’s Cowal were to be acquired by Evolution Mining, the team at TACT were engaged to integrate the IT infrastructure, business systems and applications of the two acquired entities into Evolution’s existing portfolio.

The acquisitions represented significant IT challenges for Evolution because:

  • They lacked both a project management office and the resources to lead the integration program.
  • Internal IT capacity constraints meant that balancing the integration effort with ‘business as usual’ activities was problematic.
  • The two projects required interfacing with multiple vendors, consultants, service providers, internal resources and outsourced service providers. Additionally, there was a need to balance integration objectives with those of the divesting parties.
  • The timing of the two acquisitions — located on opposite sides of Australia — were within weeks of each other, representing a significant additional burden on resources, time and costs.

"This is a truly transformational time of acquisition for Evolution Mining. Very rarely do opportunities like these arise to acquire high quality assets." — Jake Klein, Evolution Mining Chairman

Multi-faceted program management

 

The TACT team led a cross-functional team of 15 across the areas of business and operational systems, infrastructure and third party vendors, whilst directing the overall success of the IT program delivery and managing steering committee commitments.

 

Evan Elstein, Company Secretary and VP Information Technology and Community Relations at Evolution, said, “We engaged TACT to lead the IT program integrations for both Cowal and Mungari after hearing about their success in similar projects. TACT was just the right fit for us. Their leadership of the program ensured the team was engaged, inspired and had the right methodology and tools to deliver on this challenging task. We would continue to recommend TACT as a partner of choice for their experience, customer focus and ability to achieve results”.

Strategic approach

 

It was essential during the program that minesite operations and safety continued unabated, and that production was not affected by any of the IT program activities. TACT Program Manager Terry Melton said, "Network connectivity, core infrastructure and applications changes required careful orchestration and delivery to a range of corporate and minesite stakeholders. Without the approach that TACT took, successfully delivering transition activities to the new owner may have compromised overall program success."

 

"TACT was just the right fit for us. Their leadership ensured the team were engaged and had the right methodology and tools to deliver on this challenging task." — Evan Elstein, Evolution Mining Company Secretary and VP IT and Community Relations

Exceptional outcomes

TACT successfully integrated Evolution’s two newly acquired minesites into its existing portfolio in under 60 days. The program was delivered ahead of time and was a contributing factor in Evolution Mining going on to win the 2015 Miner of the Year Award in Queensland.

The infographic below summarises the successful outcomes achieved by TACT in this innovative project.

Infographic showing highlights of TACT's delivery of Evolution Mining Asset Integration project

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