Mining company AngloGold Ashanti is implementing a single, global instance of SAP’s ERP system, which will be hosted by Fujitsu in a UK data centre.
As part of a business process standardisation project, called ‘Project One’, South Africa-headquartered AngloGold Ashanti is consolidating 30 different ERP systems, hosted locally in the 10 countries in which it operates.
The single, global instance of the SAP ERP system will replace systems from suppliers such as Oracle JD Edwards, and very old, “home-grown” mainframe applications, which were mainly in its South Africa operations. The company currently only has one instance of SAP, in its Australian operations.
Other countries where AngloGold Ashanti has mining operations include Tanzania, Colorado, Columbia, Brazil and Argentina. The company decided to host the new SAP ERP system from Europe to ensure that all users, especially as some would be connecting via satellite, have a standard level of response time when using the system.
“We needed a location that evened out the performance and latency across the network as much as we could. [We decided] the UK was the best place,” said Andrew Crocker, CIO at AngloGold Ashanti.
The new SAP system will have 12,000 active users, or 30,000 users in total if the number of staff paid through the system are counted. The services that the mining company will deploy include finance, HR and payroll, procurement, plant maintenance and project systems.
The project is currently in its design phase, and is expected to go live in early 2013. Fujitsu will host and manage the SAP system as part of a five-year contract.
As well as having a disparate internal IT team, AngloGold Ashanti uses outsourcers including Accenture, which worked on its one SAP ERP project, Orange Business Services, Dimension Data and Business Connexion.