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Groundbreaking research unlocks value of innovation

By Graeme Stanway / August 5, 2019

In a world first, Australian researchers at global management consulting firm VCI have uncovered the direct relationship between innovation strategies and total shareholder return in the mining industry, the results of which have been published in the global report – State of Play: Delivering strategy and innovation. Through interviews, survey and deep analysis of 399…

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Comfortable knowing where you’re headed…

By Gideon Malherbe / July 20, 2019

Last month, we referenced the importance of the Executive setting clear strategic imperatives as the driver of Digital Transformation. This approach is essential for the company to realize true achievements in digitization, and not succumb to a bottom-up approach full of technical specs and schedules. For the past 3+ years, VCI has been working closely…

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The Executive’s Obligation: A Strategic Perspective on Digital Transformation

By Gideon Malherbe / June 13, 2019

Digital transformation often stalls or fails because executives get misguided regarding the metrics of activities. Digital transformation from a technical perspective covers topics like data management, data integrity, cost of SCADA, deployment of SCADA, networks, cyber security, dashboards, mobile distribution, cloud, equipment automation, work schedule optimization, resource deployment, customer experience, and so on. None of…

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Restructure to accelerate digitization

By Gideon Malherbe / May 20, 2019

Company structures, in this digital age, cannot resemble a structure designed during the industrial, analog era. What is there to understand?

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Got dry powder?

By Gideon Malherbe / April 26, 2019

Earlier this month, Chevron offered to purchase Anadarko for $33 billion (a 39% premium). Last week, Occidental stepped up to the plate and offered Anadarko $38 billion (a 20% premium to the Chevron agreement). While each offer varies in its bundle of cash and stock, both offers have to do with companies wanting to improve…

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Playing the long game

By Paul Mahoney / March 6, 2019

One of the most seismic financial trends over the past decade has been the rapid growth of global pension and superannuation funds, estimated to be worth $54 trillion. Australia’s alone are worth over $2 trillion with expectations that it will reach around $10 trillion in the next 15 years.

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Overcome the digital ghosts

By Gideon Malherbe / March 6, 2019

Before you can solve the ambiguity of your current digital transformation, make sure you have an objective assessment performed by a third party. Management is not a science but an art.

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How many layers do you need?

By Tom Foster / February 13, 2019

As organizations grow and mature, increase in headcount, I see the construction of too many layers. In an effort to create a flat organizational structure, I see too few layers. Most organizations follow a military protocol and misunderstand layers as reporting relationships.

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A few fresh ideas

By Gideon Malherbe / February 11, 2019

After every major decision, CEOs always say, “Why did it take us so long?” So there’s something to be said for seeing through the noise and moving at double the speed you think possible, separating the wheat from the chaff.

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A Three Horizons Roadmap

By Gideon Malherbe / November 14, 2018

VCI’s Digital Intensity Assessment for a Mining or Oil & Gas asset analyzes the degree of digitization within the people, processes, and technology of the operation. It represents a significant link between operational practices and economics.   In its broadest sense, Digital Intensity can be categorized into five levels: None Remote Observation / Visibility Remote…

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