WebCenter Customer Spotlight: Ferrous Resources do Brasil S.A.

Author: Peter Reiser - Social Business Evangelist, Oracle WebCenter

 Solution Summary

Ferrous Resources do Brasil S.A. (Ferrous) is a startup company whose core business is the exploration, prospection, exploitation, and commercialization of iron ore.

They wanted to create an effective, secure and scalable document management system to support the company’s new iron ore exploration operations in Brazil.

Ferrous worked with the Oracle Partner 2D Tecnologia to implement a centralized document management system using  Oracle WebCenter Content.

The single repository hold almost 220,000 files with an expected to growth to 8 million files in the next two years.  The solution has reduced  financial audit reporting from two weeks to only four days.



Company Overview
Founded in 2007, Ferrous Resources do Brasil S.A. (Ferrous) is a startup company whose core business is the exploration, prospection, exploitation, and commercialization of iron ore. Ferrous intends to become one of the five largest iron ore mining companies in the world within the next few years. 

Business Challenges
Ferrous wanted to create an effective, secure and scalable document management system to support the company’s new iron ore exploration operations in Brazil.

Solution Deployed
Ferrous worked with the Oracle Partner 2D Tecnologia to implement a centralized document management system using  Oracle WebCenter Content. They consolidated all company documents into a single repository to hold almost 220,000 files, including iron-ore project layout and pictures for a repository that is expected to grow to 8 million files in the next two years.

Business Results

  • Gained access to reports on individual files of pictures, project layouts, text files, spreadsheets, and slides–enabling the company to find out who opened and altered each  file and when, as well as to access previous versions
  • Enabled investors and board of directors abroad to access all company documents via a Web portal, something that was previously achieved only through e-mails or CD file transfers
  • Enabled the company to consolidate all files, which were mostly disseminated in pen drives and desktops, so that they are now available to more than 500 system users, including investors, lawyers, partners, and 320 in-company users
  • Reduced time to search specific documents, saving several days in financial audit reporting, an activity that previously took two weeks and now requires only four days 

“With Oracle WebCenter Content, we managed to organize, control, and protect the company’s files since the beginning of operations and, as a consequence, can offer rapid and transparent access to all company documents.”


Frederico Samartini, Business Performance Manager, Ferrous Resources do Brasil S.A.


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