Ways to connect
We have a number of ways of connecting our software to other systems:
1. Smart Imports (spreadsheet, CSV & SQL)
Most clients we work with want to get their source planning data into our software in the quickest and most practical way possible. Usually (at least in the first instance) this is done through a “smart import”. This involves, for example, SAP or Deswik data being dumped from the source system into a CSV, excel or SQL file and then imported into our software. We map our smart import to this file and set it up to update (in a smart way) when there are changes to the data. These smart imports can be set up in hours and generally achieve nearly everything clients require.
2. APIs, REST, WebHooks etc.
Some clients require more formal two-way integrations, in these cases, we have a large number of well documented REST APIs that enable data to be either pulled from or pushed to our software. We have collaborated with companies such as MST, NLT, Citect, Newtrax.
3. Integration Layers
Many mining organizations have considered or implemented formal integration layer architectures, we have worked with system integrators to connect our APIs to these integration layers for clients such as Anglo American to bring SAP and Ellipse work management and HR data into our system and to write it back to the source systems.
4. Data Lakes
All the data in our software can be pushed to an asynchronous SQL database (BI Point) for analysis, reports or integration with other systems. Many of our clients use this data with Power BI, Tableau or other reporting tools to provide management reporting.
Doing this well for our clients helps them massively improve the connection between the work planned and the work completed, improving schedule compliance, reducing variability and waste so that the operation performs better long term.