Thursday, 16 April 2015 19:53

Rio Tinto moves to the cloud with Accenture Featured

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Mining company Rio Tinto has partnered with Accenture to move to what it describes as a “ground-breaking” information systems and technology (IS&T) delivery model as it migrates core enterprise systems to an “As-a-Service” solution based in the cloud.

The program will include the modernisation of RIO’s existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and Information Management (IM) platforms, which will be consolidated and hosted in the public cloud. Under the terms of the agreement, Accenture will also manage the maintenance and upgrade of this application landscape and related infrastructure and transform the global service desk and site support functions.

Managed via the Accenture Cloud Platform, and adopting a public cloud first policy, the solution will accelerate Rio Tinto’s journey towards a truly digital business.

Rio Tinto expects to directly benefit from significant cost savings through increased business agility and cost flexibility inherent in cloud services, and from continued lower infrastructure prices in line with cloud economic trends. The solution is based on a platform for innovation - including a co-located innovation centre in Singapore – and a long-term commitment to partnering.

“Rio Tinto is on an ambitious journey to a world-class IS&T delivery model that is innovative, adaptable and cost-effective, fully supporting our business priorities and group operating model,” said Rio Tinto Group CIO Simon Benney.

“We selected Accenture to help us manage this transformation based on its global delivery capabilities, its vision for the intelligent business cloud and its ability to support our digital transformation program.”

“This project redefines the delivery of application and infrastructure services,” said Accenture chairman and CEO, Pierre Nanterme.

“This solution will allow Rio Tinto to smartly connect its infrastructure, software applications, data and operations capabilities in order to become an agile, intelligent, digital business that can better navigate the commodities cycles.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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