OceanaGold, a mining company based in New Zealand, implemented SharePoint for its corporate intranet as well as to help store and control its documents. Enterprise features such as SharePoint’s search abilities allowed the company’s knowledge workers to find documents easier than other systems would allow. In total, the company currently has 300 SharePoint end-users and 3,000 documents stored in its environment.
OceanaGold also used Nintex workflows to help with document routing and approval for its expenditure system, as its managers travel frequently between the company’s mines in New Zealand and the Philippines. The workflows allowed OceanaGold to automate its expenditure system, which was more convenient and simpler for its employees.
Since the company’s mine in the Philippines is a core part of its business, OceanaGold chose to implement SharePoint to benefit its employees located in that region. “We set up a completely separate SharePoint environment in the Philippines, but we did not want to manage two separate sets of the platform,” said Jeff Nam, IT Manager at OceanaGold. “We wanted to have a single system that was common to employees in both New Zealand and the Philippines, which would require us to replicate data both ways from each environment so employees were working with the same data through SharePoint.”
Since SharePoint did not offer a native replication solution to solve OceanaGold’s challenge, the company’s administrators began a search for a third-party software solution.