Dataweave (www.dataweave.com.au), an IT consultancy which specialises in enterprise applications and Oracle solutions, has successfully deployed a fully integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), human resources, financials, document management, and project management solution for KRC Mining Consultants.
KRC Mining Consultants (www.krc.com.au) is a specialist Australian business consultancy, focused entirely on the needs of mining and resource processing firms. Founded in 2000, KRC provides geological, geotechnical, mining engineering and costing services to the mining industry in Australia, Africa, South America, the Middle East, and India. Based in Sydney, KRC has a team of 12 consultants with a broad range of expertise and language skills.
Steve Franklin, CEO for KRC Mining Consultants commented, 'Our consultants get their hands dirty, often working at mining projects in remote parts of the world. The software systems we originally had in place for tracking projects were cumbersome, with data entry and manual sharing of information taking up significant amounts of our consultant's day. After growing strongly for several years, we found ourselves hitting a productivity wall using our old Microsoft Project system, and struggled to produce timely reports on project profitability, so we decided to look for a platform capable of supporting our growth.'
After evaluating solutions from several software vendors, Dataweave was chosen to design, integrate, and provide ongoing remotely managed support services for an Oracle E-Business Suite solution. The solution incorporates modules to handle project costing, project tracking, project billing, consultant timesheets, accounting, financial reporting, document management, and key human resources functions. The entire solution is tightly integrated, with all data held in an Oracle database. Employees can access the entire system via web browser from any location, using a secure sockets layer virtual private network (SSL-VPN).
The automatic integration of data between the modules of the Oracle E-Business suite has allowed KRC to improve both consultant productivity and their business visibility. Project progress updates, expense reports and timesheet data is now entered once by consultants, with information available instantly to all team members. Consultants no longer need to key project data into multiple systems and then manually share documents. Oracle Content Server now tracks all project documents, sharing documents and tracking revisions automatically. Reporting capabilities and executive dashboards built into the solution provide KRC with continuous visibility of project profitability and consultant utilisation.
Steve Franklin explained, 'Within 5 years, we expect to triple the size of our business, and establish several international offices. Oracle E-Business Suite is the rock solid foundation we need to expand our business. We have already enormously improved the productivity of our consultants, slashing the time needed for project tracking and timesheet management to about 10 minutes per day. This is enough to free up several hours of additional billable time each week for every consultant.'
Steve Franklin concluded, 'We value close partnerships with our clients, and look for the same with our suppliers. Every aspect of our business now runs on Oracle E-Business Suite, and we rely upon Dataweave to keep our applications running smoothly. Dataweave has delivered us a reliable platform for future growth, going above and beyond the call of duty at every step of our project. Partnering with Dataweave to implement Oracle E-Business Suite has been one of the best business decisions that I have ever made.'
Norman Weaver, Managing Director for Dataweave commented, 'Services firms and consultancies often need to track complex projects, and carry out time based billing. Affordable solutions are now available to help consultancies link their project tracking with their billing and accounting systems. Linking these systems automatically can lead to immediate improvements in consultant productivity, and take the guess work out of project profitability.'
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