Australian consulting and IT service provider, Ajilon, has completed a project with mining company, Roy Hill, to build a business analytics platform based on Microsoft Azure.
The deal has seen Ajilon build a pathway for data traffic between collection, storage, and analytics, with miner optimising existing processes and analysing new initiatives across the company’s operations by rapidly processing, augmenting and visualising information.
In early 2015, Ajilon undertook a strategy refresh where the business assessed a number of emerging technologies and data analytics in the cloud. This was an area the company identified as one to pursue. The deal with Roy Hill is one of the first major projects of the new strategy.
“We have a very strong history in BI [business intelligence] and analytics with a number of clients, but not where we have invested and built our own IP [intellectual property],” Ajilon national solution lead, Peter Hawkins told ARN.
The company has an existing relationship with Microsoft through its development practice, and Hawkins said Ajilon could see the vendor’s vision in streamlining processes around analytics.
From this, Ajilon engaged with Roy Hill to develop a solution - based on Microsoft’s cloud - which would meet the needs of an organisation to create large volumes of disparate data.
Using Microsoft tools, the platform can ingest large volumes of data in real-time, enabling data scientists and engineers at the mining company to self-serve visualisation tools, develop predictive algorithms, and combine disparate information sources to discover real value.
Ajilon said the platform enables Roy Hill to access supply chain information, augmented with external data sources, to deliver real-time insights.
“As with any cutting edge solution, it was not all easy but due to the collaborative nature of the partnership, we have been able to deliver a fantastic outcome - a first in Australia,” he said.
Hawkins said the solution would not have been as successful if miners did not have the in house skills to read the data and take action on the analysis, nor if Microsoft had not provided the support it did.
“Our guys working at Roy Hill had a direct line to the Microsoft development team in Redmond. They were able to get answers and fix issues as they ingested that data at real scale,” he explained.
He added that the solution was developed in template form so that it can be adopted by other organisations with minor tweaking.
“The solution can be applied to any situation where there is large amounts of data coming from devices that need insight. It's a generic offering and can be used across multiple industries.
"We are focusing on industries where we have some good SME knowledge, because there are very few organisations spending millions on analytics at the moment. Most are doing proofs of concept," he said.