Namibia’s national power utility, NamPower, has been named as the winner of enterprise information management (EIM) leader, OpenText’s Go-Live Project of the Year for 2015. The Windhoek-based organisation, nominated for this award by EIM partner, Datacentrix, received top honours at the recent OpenText Innovation Tour 2015, which included an African leg of this event for the first time this year.

As part of its strategic, long-term vision to drive innovation across the whole of the organisation through digitisation, NamPower implemented SAP Extended Enterprise Content Management (SAP xECM) on a consolidated EIM infrastructure across all business units within the organisation. This assisted the company to enforce its records management policy, thereby improving on efficient access to information, reducing paper wastage and storage costs, and safeguarding of institutional knowledge.

“The EIM rollout at NamPower is a landmark project for the continent, marking the first successful implementation of this solution in Africa,” explains Michelle Momberg, EIM business unit manager at Datacentrix. “NamPower can now enable economies of scale through the utilisation of a centralised infrastructure, as well as mainstreaming its existing SAP investments within the company.”

Says Martin Ockhuizen, records officer at NamPower: “This award is a milestone achievement for NamPower, highlighting a breakthrough in digital barriers. The success of our EIM project makes NamPower stand out in Africa. The project has also allowed us to achieve excellence in terms of information governance and build a firm foundation for future enhancements.

“The award came at a very opportune time for NamPower, six months post our go live date,” he continues.

“It is a clear testimony of the dedication of the NamPower staff – our greatest asset – who made this accomplishment possible. It also marks the first time that a multidisciplinary team, including our implementation partner Datacentrix, has managed to overcome any obstacles in its path and deliver success to this level. As a part of our EIM delivery team, Datacentrix set high standards and proved itself in terms of both expertise and dedication.”