Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto has moved into the public cloud through IT consulting giant Accenture. This merger comes as part of Rio Tinto’s initiative to modernize its Enterprise resource managing and Information management. This merger will provide Rio with an ‘as a service’ IT model that will save costs for the company by allowing it to pay only for the resources it uses claim Rio Tinto spokespeople. Accenture has also agreed to manage and upgrade all the resources and infrastructure involved in the process along with hosting the data in their own data centers rather than building new ones. This will save costs for both companies while providing a solution that is both cost-effective and eco-friendly at the same time.

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This move is bound to increase Rio’s potential output on the field by making its entire process faster and more efficient. Rio’s CIO Simon Benney had this to say on the merger-“Rio Tinto is on an ambitious journey to a world-class IT delivery model that is innovative, adaptable, and cost-effective, fully supporting our business priorities and group operating model.” This move could become a potential trendsetter for more mining and construction companies to make the move into the IT cloud, making it more diverse than it already is.

Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme was proud of this merger and the process implemented by the company to make the move into the cloud. He had this to say “This project redefines the delivery of application and infrastructure services. 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.” With Accenture handling their IT needs, Rio can now intercept the challenges they face in their day-to-day operations and find ways to solve them.