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Rio Tinto teams up with Accenture in an industry first

Zafar Anjum | April 23, 2015
Moves to a groundbreaking “As-a-Service” model in the Cloud

Mining giant Rio Tinto, in partnership with Accenture, will move to a ground breaking information systems and technology (IS&T) delivery model, the IT consultancy announced recently.

The new model will migrate core enterprise IS&T systems to an "As-a-Service" solution based in the cloud and will incorporate consumption based pricing to ensure costs are fully flexible and in line with business demand, the company said in a statement.

According to Accenture, the programme will include the modernisation of the company's existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and Information Management (IM) platforms, consolidating and hosting these applications in the public cloud.

Accenture said it will also manage the maintenance and upgrade of this application landscape and related infrastructure and transform the global service desk and site support functions. This will be managed via the Accenture Cloud Platform.

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 programme."

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