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02 Jan 2018 - GIM Suite – Technology, Business Management by Lee-Anne Coleman

Five ways to get more from your GIM software investment

If you have GIM Suite, you’ll know there are clear benefits from using our software to keep your geoscientific data organised in a single repository. Data validations help keep data clean and automations make your workflows quicker and less labour intensive. When GIM Suite connects with other software packages, it means other functions in the mine have access to the data they need, when they need it.

However, if your configuration doesn’t suit your current workflow needs, or you have not kept up with new releases, or your database experts have left the company, you might find you aren’t using your software as well you could be.

To keep geoscientific information management optimised in your organisation, here are five things you can do to maximise your investment in your GIM software.

1. Keep Upgrading

When you upgrade you get access to the latest features, often requested by other GIM Suite users globally. New integrations with other software vendors, easier data imports as well as the latest automation tool are included in the most recent version of GIM Suite. Read more about the changes in GIM Suite 3 here.

While some change management is required to keep your implementation up to date, the benefits are that you have the latest fixes, functions and performance improvements. When you go to upgrade to the latest version of GIM Suite, check out this article, which provides some advice for the change.

2. Continued Learning

Changes and upgrades to acQuire products happen on a regular basis, so if you’re looking to maximise the benefits to your company, you need to keep up to date with industry trends. We publish regular articles, news posts and blogs about GIM topics on our website.

Other ways to keep your knowledge around GIM Suite up to date include coming to our events or attending training. Users can come to our GIM Jam Mastermind events, which are run globally, to get the latest case study examples of what peers are doing in the industry. Also, continue using and updating your skills with GIM Suite Learning where there have been courses recently added for more advanced administrators.

3. Get a Health Check

Staff turnover and changes to business needs can see your database rapidly become outdated and inconsistent. Not sure if your configuration of GIM Suite is in line with best practice? Ordering a health check can provide you with bench marking and a path towards better optimisation from your technology investment. This 100+ point check of your database ensures the structure and workspace is in good shape and performing efficiently.

4. Conduct a site efficiency assessment

Going deeper than a health check, a site efficiency assessment gives you an extensive overview of your site workflows, encompassing the three key areas of people, process and technology. This assessment identifies key areas to help make your business more efficient. Contact our commercial support team to discuss if a site efficiency assessment is suitable for you.

5. Challenge the way you collaborate within your team or site

One of the major benefits of GIM Suite is its connectivity with other systems, meaning people across the business, from the drillhole to the mill to the boardroom table share the same information. It is valuable to periodically review who in your team has access to data.

Does everyone have access to geoscience data when they need it to make decisions? Have you extended your GIM Suite to ensure it has both components of software, acQuire 4 and acQuire Neo, to make it easier to visualise your data, generate reports and access data easier? Check out the latest release here and make sure you stay up-to-date.

If you need more information on any of the above points or want to organise a time to review your GIM Suite implementation, get in touch with our team.

 

About the Author
Lee-Anne Coleman

Lee-Anne Coleman is the Global Manager for Commercial Support at acQuire. She leads acQuire’s commercial support team, ensuring the GIM Solution is delivered to customers globally. She has over 16 years of GIM experience working with acQuire.

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