RPMGlobal has accelerated the transition of its product suite to the cloud, releasing two new cloud offerings to the market.
The company is capitalising on its first mover advantage in mining Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings making its IMAFS™ inventory optimisation and Shift Manager™ operational management solutions available in the cloud.
IMAFS uses artificial intelligence algorithms to enhance inventory management and forecasting accuracy for miners. It connects to an organisations ERP, enabling operations to continuously improve the accuracy of parts availability, reduce inventories, decrease stockouts and reduce equipment downtimes.
Transitioning IMAFS from a hosted solution in the cloud to a full SaaS model will provide users with greater flexibility in security and authentication. As a result of the shift to the cloud, customers can now continuously optimise their inventory management processes.
The move to the cloud has as an array of benefits, including increased ease of use, as users now only need a browser to access the IMAFS software. Other benefits include high levels of scalability and availability, a modern API interface, faster deployment time and improved cost effectiveness.
Shift Manager, RPMGlobal’s Operational Management solution, has also transitioned to the cloud. Shift Manager is a short-term task planning and execution solution that enables users to collaborate and communicate through a single, integrated plan. The software allows users to manage tasks and resource allocations to drive more effective on-shift decision making and greater compliance to plan.
As a cloud-enabled hosted solution, users are able to execute short-term shift planning through a single, integrated, web-based application without the need to be physically on site. Other benefits include enhanced security and collaboration across departments and a rapid implementation methodology that includes several pre-built integration points.
Commenting on the advancement toward a complete cloud offering across the company’s product portfolio, RPMGlobal Chief Technology Officer Paul Beesley said, “cloud adoption would help the industry unlock additional productivity and sustainability improvements.”
“Cloud applications facilitate remote collaboration and the scalability that mining organisations require while creating robust data storage solutions that are more cost-efficient when compared to outdated hardware,” he said.
“Our products have been designed to leverage the tools and services available on the cloud platforms to rapidly build enhanced solutions for our customers. The transition to a full cloud offering across our full product portfolio is being enabled due to our above industry average investment in research and development and we look forward to continuing our progress in releasing more cloud offerings to the market soon.”
RPMGlobal Chief Executive Officer Richard Mathews said, “the company is committed to investing in technical innovation to enable customers to operate their mines as efficiently as possible.”
“With more customers adopting a remote-operating business strategy through technology enablement, our work to migrate other products to a complete SaaS model will ramp up as we strive to add additional value for our present and future customers,” he said.