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Author's profile photo Brigitte Kleinschmidt

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Intelligent Enterprise

Once upon a time . . . Snow White lived together with seven dwarfs in the forest. While the seven dwarfs were busy working in the mine, Snow White took care of the house.

This old story is one we all know. Men go to work, women stay at home. Especially mining is one of the most male-dominated industries in the world. Who has ever heard a little girl say: I want to be a miner? Some say women are somewhat less able to carry heavy metals like men. Hard labor, grit and perseverance created a masculine identity for the mining industry.

But times have changed…

Physical labor is becoming less important and will be more and more replaced by machines and industrial robots. Physical strength is not a prerequisite for a successful enterprise any more. The importance of worker’s education level is increasing and this can be achieved by women and men equally. In a world of fluctuating commodity prices, companies are embracing data, analytics and connectivity to help them compete. Organizational agility and fast-paced innovation are strategic imperatives. And this makes diversity possible and important.

Studies show that companies with female board representation have a higher return on Sales. McKinsey’s Women Matter demonstrates that corporations with women at the top have better financial returns than those without. These new insights drive the push towards a “fairer” future based on gender, even in a male-dominated mining industry. The adoption of technology is serving as a positive catalyst for both gender diversity as well as sustainable growth. Today Snow White could have been THE success factor.

But what does this have to do with SAP? SAP is the leading provider of software solutions for the Mining industries. With the help of SAP technology, Snow White could have worked from the dwarfs’ house. With the usage of commodity supply chain management, she could have improved profitability through effective sales contract handling and commodity supply chain management.

Snow White could have taken insight into mine operations and optimize equipment use with integrated information and operational technology. And above all she could have improved operational risk and compliance to make sure that the dwarfs worked in a safe environment with reduced emissions, water and energy consumption.

So Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the most intelligent enterprise of them all?

For more information about the SAP Solution Portfolio for Mining please visit:

SAP Industry Solution Portfolio for Mining



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      Author's profile photo Eckhardt Siess
      Eckhardt Siess

      Miners have an important job,
      Which is very dangerous too.
      The country needs their expertise,
      It is a task "someone" must do.

      Conditions of the shabby shafts
      Would put anyone at ill ease.
      Structural collapse. Explosions.
      And then, of course, black lung disease.

      So many hours underground,
      Remaining hidden from the sun,
      Is in no wise a healthy move,
      And, certainly, it is no fun.

      Too, safety's a concern for some
      Who worry till their loved one's home.


      ==> This poem wouldn't have been written at the times of the Intelligent Enterprise for Mining;
      good that times are changing and opening equal opportunity for man and woman, also in mining.

      Author's profile photo Paul Hardy
      Paul Hardy

      Fun Fact : In the same way that Sherlock Homes never said "Elementary my Dear Watson"  and Captain Kirk never said "Beam me up Scotty" the actual quote from the Disney Snow White film is "Magic Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?"

      To add extra Irony the original Star Trek had an episode called "Mirror, Mirror" and Kirk did not say "Beam me up Scotty" in that either.