IT services companies Empired and Oakton have secured a multi-million dollar cloud based managed services contract for miner Barrick Gold.
The two year contract, with an option for extension, will see the two IT companies provide a fully managed Oracle service, delivered over Empired's cloud solution FlexScale for Barrick's core financial accounting system in Asia Pacific.
Under the contract Oakton will act as the service instigator will "take ownership of the overall delivery solution and provide the application managed services relating to the Oracle ebusiness suite," Empired stated.
Empired itself will "deliver all infrastructure and cloud based managed services including security, core server and storage systems, and capacity management".
This also includes the provision of disaster recovery services.
"The contract will cement both Oakton and Empired as strategic partners for the supply of consulting and technology services to Barrick."
Barrick's Asia Pacific CIO, Bernard Menage, stated that he is "delighted with the outcome of our rigorous tender process; the Empired/ Oakton combination presented a unique best of breed mix from two complementary Australian industry leaders working together to provide a world class solution."
Empired's managing director Russell Baskerville added that the company is "proud to have been selected as part of the overall solution to provide a critical financial system to such as high profile leading global organisation," while Oakton's MD Neil Watson stated that "we are delighted to demonstrate success with a high profile customer engaging Oakton as a prime service integrator".
Baskerville added that "this contract vindicates the prudent investment decision by the company to its market leading cloud computing platform 'FlexScale' ".