MARKETS SPECTATOR: BHP's hi-tech hopes

BHP Billiton's company-wide rollout of SAP software may help it manage costs, but traditional triggers such as market fluctuations will remain the biggest challenges.

Mining companies are notoriously bad at managing costs. BHP Billiton wants to change that.

Analysts at Morgan Stanley estimate the mining giant's costs increased by a cumulative 36 per cent, or $US8.7 billion, in the last five years, while its extra operating profit through volume growth was $4.4 billion.


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