A scarce commodity among precious metals, platinum is used for a huge variety of applications, from catalytic converters to chemotherapy. Of the few hundred tons produced yearly, more than 40% is mined by Anglo American, one of the world’s largest mining companies.
Anglo American has its roots way back in 1917, and is also a major producer of diamonds, copper, nickel, and other metals through sites across almost every continent. And as with most large corporations, over the years, Anglo American found itself with a complicated data estate and an outdated database solution.
“We use a lot of different systems and tools,” says Stijn Litjes, Data Analytics Lead at Anglo American. “Most people don’t work with data on a day-to-day basis — and working in spreadsheets doesn’t provide the effective analytics I was looking for.”
Litjes was tasked with building a dedicated data analytics team for Anglo American’s business assurance function (ABAS). This was primarily to help the organization perform more frequent and detailed internal audits, ethical business conduct reviews, risk management activities, investigations, and more.
“Rather than recruit a whole team of data analysts, I looked for the most data-savvy people who were already part of our auditing team,” says Litjes. “I wanted to train up people who already knew the business.”
With such a wide range of data sources and audits to produce, Litjes and his team were working with many different data types, levels of granularity, and output formats, which often made bringing datasets together a challenge. Anglo American needed a solution that would allow the team to cleanse and match data more effectively, with automation to help analysts cover more scope than with manual audits. And after careful evaluation, Anglo American chose Alteryx as the best match for its skills and scalability needs — plus, Litjes had years of experience with the solution from previous roles.