Cloud Computing in Mining – Thematic Intelligence

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Cloud Computing in Mining Thematic Overview

Cloud’s value for mining companies comes directly from using it as a more sophisticated technological option for existing production and management functions and from the new resources, technologies, and services that can be established on an underlying organizational cloud architecture. Both are significant, but the latter is more so. A cloud-integrated mining company can have stronger data resources, digital technologies, personnel pools, internal operational procedures, and cooperation with other parties.

Cloud-enabled mines are better placed for safety, sustainability, and productivity. Cloud adoption is quite mature in the mining industry. However, the possibilities for the technologies that depend on cloud are still expanding, so spending on cloud by mining companies continues to grow fast.

Cloud Computing in Mining – Industry Analysis

The cloud computing in mining market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 18% between 2021 and 2026. Cloud is a mature but growing technology in the mining industry. Most players have established comprehensive cloud infrastructure by now, but most are still finding additional value in it. In addition, many emerging technologies – AI, digital twins, and others – depend on the cloud to run. Therefore, cloud engagement is flat in patents but growing fairly quickly by all other signals.

The cloud computing in mining industry analysis also covers:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Patent trends
  • Company filings trends
  • Cloud computing timeline

Cloud in Mining Market Size 2019-2026 ($ Billion)

Cloud in Mining Market Size 2019-2026 ($ Billion)

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Cloud Computing in Mining- Value Chain Analysis

The cloud computing in mining value chain consists of three main areas: software as a service (SaaS), Platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

Cloud Services (IaaS and PaaS): In the IaaS and PaaS markets, traditional IT stack infrastructure vendors, specializing in everything from databases and operating systems to virtualization, computing, storage, and networking, face competition from public cloud service providers. The latter use subscription-based, pay-as-you-use business models to offer a full portfolio of IT infrastructure, as well as tools and platforms for application developers. Despite their incumbency, many traditional IT infrastructure vendors, including DXC Technology, Dell, and Fujitsu, now offer cloud-based, IT-as-a-service options alongside traditional IT solutions.

Cloud Computing in Mining Value Chain Analysis

Cloud Computing in Mining Value Chain Analysis

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Leading Adopters

Some of the leading adopters making their mark within the cloud computing in mining theme:

  • Anglo American
  • AngloGold Ashanti
  • BHP
  • Boliden
  • Fortescue
  • Freeport-McMoRan
  • Komatsu
  • Newcrest
  • Newmont
  • Resolute Mining
  • Rio Tinto
  • South32
  • Teck Resources
  • Vale

Leading Cloud Vendors in Mining

Some of the leading vendors associated with this theme:

  • Alibaba
  • Alphabet (parent company of Google)
  • Amazon
  • Cisco
  • Cloud Software Group
  • Dell Technologies
  • Docker
  • DXC Technology
  • Huawei
  • Inspur
  • Kyndryl
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • Progress Software
  • Rackspace
  • SAP
  • VMware

Leading Specialist Vendors in Mining

Some of the leading specialist vendors in mining are:

  • ABB
  • Bentley Systems
  • Caterpillar
  • Constellation Software
  • Dassault Systèmes
  • DataCloud
  • DUG Technology
  • Emerson
  • Epiroc
  • GreaseBoss
  • Hitachi
  • IFS
  • io
  • Liebherr
  • Minetell
  • PETRA Data Science
  • Rescale
  • Sandvik
  • Schneider Electric
  • Siemens

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Mining Sector Scorecard

At GlobalData, we use a scorecard approach to predict tomorrow’s leading companies within each sector. Our sector scorecard has three screens: a thematic screen, a valuation screen, and a risk screen.

  • The thematic screen ranks companies based on overall leadership in the 10 themes that matter most to their industry, generating a leading indicator of future performance.
  • The valuation screen ranks our universe of companies within a sector based on selected valuation metrics.
  • The risk screen ranks companies within a particular sector based on overall investment risk.

Mining Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen

Mining Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen

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Cloud Computing in Mining Market Report Overview

Report Pages 47
Regions Covered Global
CAGR (2021-2026) >18%
Value Chains SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS
Leading Adopters Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti, BHP, Boliden, Fortescue, Freeport-McMoRan, Komatsu, Newcrest, Newmont, Resolute Mining, Rio Tinto, South32, Teck Resources, and Vale
Leading Vendors Alibaba, Alphabet (parent company of Google), Amazon, Cisco, Cloud Software Group, Dell Technologies, Docker, DXC Technology, Huawei, Inspur, Kyndryl, Microsoft, Oracle, Progress Software, Rackspace, SAP, and VMware
Specialist Vendors ABB, Bentley Systems, Caterpillar, Constellation Software, Dassault Systèmes, DataCloud, DUG Technology, Emerson, Epiroc, GreaseBoss, Hitachi, IFS,, Liebherr, Minetell, PETRA Data Science, Rescale, Sandvik, Schneider Electric, and Siemens

Segments Covered in the Report

Cloud Computing in Mining Value Chain Outlook

  • SaaS
  • PaaS
  • IaaS


This report provides:

  • The challenges facing the mining industry, together with thorough discussion of how cloud computing can help mitigate these challenges, as well as identify companies for partnerships.
  • Global market size and growth (2019-2022) and forecast (2023-2026) of cloud computing revenues compiled by GlobalData technology and mining analysts.
  • Key mergers and acquisitions (M&As) associated with the Cloud Computing theme in the mining sector over the last five years including date, deal value, and a brief description of the target company as compiled from GlobalData’s Deals database.
  • Profiles of cloud computing vendors including specialists in the mining industry with details of their services.
  • Profiles of leading adopters of cloud computing in mining including who they have partnered with for their cloud initiatives.
  • Case studies of cloud computing implementation in the mining sector and how cloud computing has been used to increase productivity, reduce costs, improve safety, and progress towards sustainability objectives on the mine site.
  • Unique thematic scorecard showing 50 global mining companies that predicts the success of mining companies in the next 2-5 years. Companies are scored in 10 themes that will disrupt the mining sector, informed by GlobalData’s comprehensive tracking of cloud computing-related deals, job openings, patents ownership, company news, financial and marketing statements.

Key Highlights

  • In cost and quality, the superior option for mining companies are public cloud environments provided by major technology players.
  • Because of connectivity issues in remote locations, establishing hybrid capabilities upstream in the value chain will be necessary. The flexible, high-grade storage and computing power available as IaaS is valuable across the mining value chain.
  • Case studies include Fatigue Science’s impact on safety; Metso Outotec’s use of Rescale for its Rocky DEM simulations, and Newcrest’s use of Microsoft Azure tools to optimize ore flow management.

Reasons to Buy

  • Determine and prioritise which cloud technologies to invest in at each step of the mining value chain.
  • Discover case studies where cloud computing has been used to overcome challenges faced by companies
  • Quickly identify leading specialist cloud computing vendors in mining and shortlist potential partners based on their areas of expertise and historic partnerships
  • As a technology vendor, identify the areas where the industry is most in need of your services and uncover the areas that are lacking specific cloud computing vendors that might prove profitable areas for expansion. Quantify the global sales opportunity for cloud computing for the mining industry by accessing GlobalData’s market size and forecasts (2019-2024), produced by our mining and technology analysts.
  • Formulate marketing messages that resonate with buyers in the mining sector by identifying the key challenges that the sector faces and understanding how cloud computing is impacting the sector.

Anglo American
AngloGold Ashanti
Bentley Systems
Cloud Software Group
Constellation Software
Dassault Systèmes
Dell Technologies
DUG Technology
DXC Technology
Fatigue Science
Metso Outotec
PETRA Data Science
Progress Software
Resolute Mining
Rio Tinto
Schneider Electric
Teck Resources

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive Summary

    • 1.1. Inside
    • 1.2. Related reports
    • 1.3. Report type

  • 2. Cloud Computing Value Chain

    • 2.1. Key players in the cloud computing value chain
    • 2.2. Cloud services (PaaS and IaaS)
    • 2.3. Cloud services (SaaS)
    • 2.4. Cloud professional services

  • 3. Mining Challenges

    • 3.1. The Impact of Cloud Computing on Mining

      • 3.1.1. How cloud computing helps resolve the challenge of safety
      • 3.1.2. How cloud computing helps resolve the challenge of productivity
      • 3.1.3. How cloud computing helps resolve the challenge of ESG

  • 4. Case Studies

    • 4.1. Fatigue Science brought $6 million in output gains to two North American mines
    • 4.2. Metso Outotec enlisted Rescale to harness high-performance computing
    • 4.3. Newcrest used Microsoft Azure tools to optimize ore flow management

  • 5. Data Analysis

    • 5.1. Market size and growth forecasts
    • 5.2. Mergers and acquisitions
    • 5.3. Patent trends
    • 5.4. Company filings trends
    • 5.5. Cloud computing timeline

  • 6. Companies

    • 6.1. Leading cloud computing adopters in mining
    • 6.2. Leading cloud computing vendors
    • 6.3. Specialist cloud computing vendors in mining

  • 7. Sector Scorecard

    • 7.1. Mining sector scorecard
    • 7.2. Who’s who
    • 7.3. Thematic screen
    • 7.4. Valuation screen
    • 7.5. Risk screen

  • 8. Glossary
  • 9. Further Reading

    • 9.1. GlobalData reports

  • 10. Our Thematic Research Methodology

    • 10.1. Viewing the world’s data by themes makes it easier to make important decisions
    • 10.2. Traditional research does a poor job of picking winners and losers
    • 10.3. That is why we developed our thematic engine
    • 10.4. How do we create our sector scorecards?
    • 10.5. What is in our sector scorecards?
    • 10.6. How do we score companies in our thematic screen?
    • 10.7. How do our research reports fit into our overall thematic research ecosystem?

  • 11. About GlobalData

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