Rio Tinto mines the cloud

Mining firm plans to migrate core enterprise IT systems to a public cloud

Rio Tinto is migrating its enterprise IT systems to an `as-a-service’ offering based in a public cloud. The model will include consumption based pricing.

The programme will include the modernisation of the company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) and information management (IM) platforms. These platforms will be consolidated and hosted in Accenture's public cloud.

Under the terms of the agreement, Accenture will also manage the maintenance and upgrade of the company’s application landscape and related infrastructure.

According to Rio Tinto Group CIO Simon Benney, the company expects to benefit from “significant cost savings” through increased business agility and lower infrastructure prices.

“Rio Tinto is on an ambitious journey to an information systems and technology delivery model that is innovative, adaptable and cost-effective, fully supporting our business priorities and group operating model,” he said in a statement.

“We selected Accenture to help us manage this transformation based on its global delivery capabilities and its ability to support our digital transformation programme.”

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