In what Mining Weekly calls "probably the world's most comprehensive technology intervention, a worldwide consortium of some of the globe's best-known technological names are collaborating to introduce automated, blast-free, continuous gold mining at depths 5 km underground."
An Open Innovation project is a bold move and having assembled experts from around the globe AngloGold Ashanti recognized that opportunities to meet face-to-face would be limited. Communication is key to the success of the project and AngloGold Ashanti knew that an innovative and robust solution was essential.
Firestring's Enterprise Social Network was selected to address this challenge, providing a virtual workspace for project-based research and collaboration between the companies participating globally.
"Firestring have an excellent grasp of the complexities involved with managing semantic data in the Enterprise. Their Enterprise Social Network leverages the existing strengths of SharePoint and adds further value through the collaboration, semantic matching and knowledge management features of their product.
The combination of these two products changes the Knowledge Management game by bringing together social collaboration and document management. They are taking the concept of the Intranet to the next level..."
Gareth Jane, Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Advisor, Microsoft South Africa
"Working with Firestring over the past few months to rethink models of learning in the age of new media has been a valuable, invigorating experience. They have a singular ability to focus on what is core, what carries value and design for impact.
There is no doubt in my mind that we are entering a new era in the way people share information, learn, and co-create; an era heralded by new media tools. Innovative platforms like Firestring that allow people to make the connections with people and content in the workplace in unprecedented ways will in the medium term create a competitive edge for businesses driven by their people as it improves their ability to harness their collective intelligence."
Louise Claasen, Managing Consultant: Academy UCS Solutions (Pty) Ltd