At Sapphire I had the opportunity to listen to Mike Ryan talk about Talent Management at Rio Tinto. For those of you that don’t know, Rio Tinto is one of the world’s largest mining companies, with operations all over the world. The boom over the last few years in commodities has been good to mining companies like Rio Tinto and has led to a tremendous demand for mining engineers. We software types think that we have a tough time finding developers, but mining engineers are a rare breed.(I know a couple) This makes talent management a high priority.
It is well worth heading over the the Sapphire site and watching the webcast of Mike’s presentation. The scope and breadth of the project is impressive. Mike is positive about SAP, but made the most witty comment of the conference when discussing SAP GUI. You will need to watch the show to find it.
Jim from Gartner provides a good summary of the presentation, picking up on the three key points. (it was nice to meet him at Sapphire too)
1.Understand the business need.
2.Focus on the process first, then the technology.
3.Analysis is where the value is.
I went to the Rio Tinto site to get some stats for this post, and I saw that they have created a youTube channel. which you can access from the front page of their corporate website. Here is an example on mining technique innovation.
Well done Rio Tinto, I’ve not seen this done anywhere else. Earlier this year I tried to get some of the SAP corporate videos on youTube so that I could link to them on my blog, but I was told this was a no-no. I’ll be pointing them to the Rio site.
I’m not a marketing expert, but surely we should publish the Sapphire highlights on youTube? Instead, if you want to find a presentation you need to log on through a walled garden and then search for the presentation. The search isn’t particularly good, and I couldn’t find away to link directly to the videocast from here. Over the years Sapphire has delivered great content, It is a pity that it is buried in the depths of the SAP website though. This requires a different kind of mining engineer.
After the talk I met Mike at a dinner hosted by Mark Ingram from ERP-Solutions (more on that in another post). My cricket prediction went horribly wrong, and I discovered that my friend Marita has worked on the Australian side of the implementation. When Mike is next in London, I hope to catch up with him there.