Rio Tinto has selected Accenture for its new information systems and technology (IS&T) delivery model, which will be managed through the Accenture Cloud Platform.
For the mining company, the new model will migrate core enterprise IS&T systems to an 'As-a-Service' solution based in the cloud.
In order to ensure costs are fully flexible and in-line with business demand, the new model also includes consumption-based pricing.
Rio Tinto's existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and Information Management (IM) platforms will be modernised, consolidating and hosting the applications in the public cloud.
Accenture will also manage and upgrade the application landscape, and related infrastructure under the terms of the agreement, in addition to transforming the global service desk and site support functions.
Implementing a public cloud first policy, the new IS&T model is based on a platform for innovation, including a co-located innovation centre in Singapore and a proposal to partnering.
Rio Tinto Group CIO Simon Benney said: "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.
"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."
Accenture chairman and CEO Pierre Nanterme said: "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."
Image: Rio Tinto's Bengalla mine. Photo: courtesy of Rio Tinto.