June 4, 2017

Understanding the Ransomware Threat

By Chris Gebhardt With industrial equipment becoming more sophisticated in an integrated operational environment, the potential for a CyberSecurity incident increases.  The recent WannaCry Ransomware threat resulted in emergency services and hospitals re-routing patients because equipment was non-functional.  How long could you sustain suspended operations while a cyber cleanup was in progress? Ransomware is a form of software that is surreptitiously installed on computers and electronic systems with the purpose to encrypt contents until the owner pays a bounty for the decryption tool.  Recent variants like WannaCry also incorporate a […]
June 4, 2017

Yes, you need better technology. But, what about people and processes?

Digital Transformation ~ VCI Partner’s View Perhaps because of a long and successful history, your organization is still very much a siloed culture with teams involved in technology and digitization still having different objectives and timelines. There is a conflict between a silo-based management structure and the achievement of integrated targets relating to the upgrading and digitization of operations. Often, we see various technology projects in a state of change, and so are tricked into attempting to “freeze” other developments. Instead we should think about a more integrated and agile […]
April 24, 2017

Big Data Management

Paying attention to Big Data, analytics, data management, and IIOT is becoming an ever-increasing challenge and opportunity. Over the past few decades, mining and business processes have increasingly converged such that differentiating capabilities are reduced. New approaches and technologies are now enabling us to identify inefficiencies and optimize processes much better than before. Big data analytics is one aspect of an integrated approach that helps businesses generate more value across the full spectrum of their value streams. Open source technologies can help us achieve enterprise analytic initiatives that optimize operational […]
April 24, 2017

Leadership is a deal maker (…or breaker)

Digital Transformation ~ VCI Partner’s View A recent global survey found that while CEOs generally understand the strategic opportunities and threats of digitizing their business, many have yet to build and communicate a vision for their companies or to develop a strategy to make that vision a reality. Most functional leaders lack the skills and knowledge they need to execute a digital strategy, even if there’s already one in place. But strong digital leadership matters. The VCI State of Play survey found that companies that rate highly in both digital […]
April 18, 2017

Smart Cities: Using Data to Improve Your City

The Rise of the Smart City “Officials are tapping all kinds of data to make their cities safer, healthier and more efficient, in what may be just the start of a sweeping change in how cities are run. Cities have a way to go before they can be considered geniuses. But they’re getting smart pretty fast. In just the past few years, mayors and other officials in cities across the country have begun to draw on the reams of data at their disposal—about income, burglaries, traffic, fires, illnesses, parking citations […]
March 8, 2017

Alpha Transport: A Little Digital Goes a Long Way

By: David Flake, VCI Business Development Manager Introduction Trucking is the life blood of the U.S. economy and tends to be a leading indicator of its health. The trucking industry is a cyclical sector that includes about 110,000 for-hire carriers and 350,000 independent owner-operators. There are many critical issues for the industry including regulations like Hours-Of-Service (HOS) and the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, and challenges around driver shortages, retention, health/wellness and distraction, and even the lack of available safe truck parking. With many uncertainties about the future, it’s imperative […]
May 31, 2016

VCI State Of Play Report – 2013

There have been a large number of reports on innovation across all geographies and industries, however, the mining industry has been largely overlooked.
May 31, 2016

VCI Innovation Report

Mining Innovation State of Play was initiated three years ago by VCI in partnership with The University of Western Australia. The ambition was to create a platform to support industry discussion of innovation and performance...
May 31, 2016

State Of Play Report – 2014

The mining industry is reliant upon an ecosystem of suppliers, service providers, start-ups, research institutions, governments and asset owners as a source of innovation.
March 31, 2016

VCI Sector Performance: Oil & Gas, March 2016

VCI Sector Performance: highlights the performance of the oil & gas industry year-to-date (x-axis) and the performance of the 11 months prior to March 2016.