African Barrick Gold needed a stable, cost effective IT platform to connect mining operations in Tanzania and South Africa to a new head office in London.
Key challenges lay in navigating the logistical and regulatory complexities of establishing IT platforms in remote African locations.
To accomplish this technical transformation, we also needed to align two disparate business cultures to create a new entity attuned to the Barrick Gold corporate model.
Traction needs great timing! We redesigned, merged and optimised the South African and Tanzanian networks while planning and implementing African Barrick Gold’s new UK presence. We also established secure hosting for ERP and corporate applications in Johannesburg.
Choreographing these moves called on our full repertoire of skills and experience to:
This project built a unified platform that links users across very remote regions and corporate centres. Regardless of their location, everyone has access to the same familiar, secure experience. The platform is also very secure and flexible so it can run additional applications. Finally, it is maintained by a skilled, cohesive IS team equipped to support further regional expansion.
Barrick Gold Corporation is the world’s leading gold miner, producing 6.25 million ounces of gold in 2014.
Barrick’s business model and company success is built on agility and a leadership style grounded in high managerial autonomy.
When Barrick Gold established African Barrick Gold (now Acacia Mining), after acquiring competitor Place Dome, these values shaped a new, emergent business system spanning two continents.