South Africa Department of Transport Takes the Fast Track to Effective Transportation with EMC

One of the most important components of a healthy economy is a strong and efficient transportation infrastructure – one that stimulates innovation while promoting reliability, safety and affordability.  At the Department of Transport South Africa, we are considered the “heartbeat” of economic growth and social development. Like other government bodies, our goal is to ensure transparency, accessibility, and accountability across all operations. Efficient technology is crucial to keeping the “heartbeat” pumping, and that’s why we found EMC Documentum to be a natural solution to our data management challenges.

Breaking Down Siloes and Driving Transparency

With five branches and 12 independent agencies, our Department supports various processes from responding to constituent inquiries and processing license applications, to submitting and responding to Parliament and Cabinet inquiries. While we followed a case management pattern of work, over time each agency developed and implemented its own processes and retention policies, which resulted in slow workflows, undocumented processes, and unacceptable service levels. More critical was the amount of manual processing and struggle to comply with government regulations for standardized file systems and timely access to non-classified government information.

We embarked on an organization-wide eGovernment initiative, leveraging the EMC Documentum platform, EMC Documentum xCP and EMC Captiva. Today, we have a single, integrated information management solution for document capture, case management, and retention policy management, enabling the Department to transform the way we manage all cases in a centralized, standardized way across all branches and agencies.

We’re able to efficiently manage case workflows, ensure accountability in all case-related activities, comply with relevant regulations and guidelines, and deliver significantly higher levels of service to all stakeholders. Not only do we respond to the public within required timeframes, but we can also file and track both the original documents and subsequent responses. Response times have improved from weeks to days; and 80% of document recipients comply with timeframe requirements.

While this project is impressive in and of itself, I am also happy to share that the Department recently received the 2013 Global Excellence in Case Management Award! This prestigious honor, co-sponsored by Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) and, recognizes our demonstrated excellence in implementing an innovative adaptive case management (ACM) solution.


We are very pleased with this implementation. We have achieved our goal of a centralized, highly visible set of automated processes that allow for flexibility should people need to interact and help make a decision, resolve exceptions or adapt the system to changing business needs. At the same time, we have the ability to collect and maintain all relevant information and documents in context, and maintain complete and accurate records to ensure regulatory compliance.  Check out the case study here.

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