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Utilizing Cloud-Based Technology to Differentiate

Capstone Mining switches to a cloud-based solution to improve business processes and better control costs as ​changes occur within the mining industry.

  • Canadian base metals mining company, focused  on copper.
  • Capstone has three producing mines - the Pinto Valley copper mine, the Cozamin copper-silver mine, and the Minto copper mine, in addition to two development projects
  • Capstone’s strategy is to focus on the optimization of operations and assets in politically stable, mining-friendly regions, centered in the Americas

Challenge

  • Capstone Mining wanted to focus its IT resources on adding value to the business while improving service levels and business continuity while reducing cyber risk, operating costs and capital

  • Looking for a qualified partner to migrate most of their key applications to Microsoft’s Azure cloud  

  • Needed a process that would facilitate a gradual, phased decommissioning of existing data centers while allowing their existing operations and assets to continue running

Solution

  • Softlanding’s experience with cloud-based systems, along with the fact that they hold seven Gold Cloud Microsoft Partner Competencies and are one of only three “Tier 1” System Integration Partners within Canada, made them the clear choice for Capstone

  • Softlanding created a strategic plan and high level road-map by engaging with all IT stakeholders during the design process and helped facilitate the selection of Microsoft Azure

  • Azure’s hybrid approach would allow for a phased migration to the cloud while maintaining existing operations at select, on premises data centers

The Results

Saving US$6 Million

Eliminating two datacenters and the costly recurring hardware upgrades, Capstone has already cut cuts significantly by moving from on-premises to the cloud. In addition, the company keeps software costs under control with a pay-as-you-go subscription model. 

“One of our big objectives was to eliminate $3 million in capital costs over about three years, and to reduce our operating costs by approximately the same amount,” says Slattery. “At the same time, we wanted to improve our quality of service. With Azure, we’re confident that we’ll meet those goals.”

Improving Resilience 

In moving Capstone's data to the cloud, the mining company could achieve security at a lower cost and achieve a level of redundancy that wasn't possible before. With data replicated multiple times in Azure, it's encrypted at movement and at rest. Rather than taking months and potentially millions of dollars to replicate infrastructure and recover data after a disaster, Capstone can recover their data at no cost.

Strategic Focus

The Capstone team is now able to focus on improving business processes and optimizing mining operations, rather than the costs and issues of traditional IT infrastructure and datacenters.

Partnering with a Strategic Cloud Partner

Softlanding planned and executed the migration seamlessly, allowing Capstone to continue operations during migration and ultimately meeting their goal of transforming their IT infrastructure from an operational liability into a competitive asset. As Microsoft IMPACT's "Partner of the Year" for Innovative Azure Solutions, Softlanding was able to showcase how Azure can be transformative for organizations.

"By leveraging the cloud services offered by Softlanding and Microsoft, we are allowing our IT professionals to focus on using information and technology in innovative ways to add value to our business while, at the same time, reducing costs, increasing service quality and improving our cyber risk profile. So far, we are meeting or exceeding expectations in all these areas."
D James Slattery
SVP and Chief Financial Officer, Capstone Mining Corp.

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