Australian mining firm picks Wipro for IT solution

Bangalore: Australian mining firm MMG has selected Indian IT bellwether Wipro Technologies for providing a key IT solution as its key strategic partner, the global software services major said Thursday.

“The multi-million dollar deal involves developing an integrated business management over the next three years to MMG, with a common operating platform for its cross-country assets,” Wipro senior vice-president for energy, natural resources and utilities Anand Padmanabhan said in a statement here.

As a mid-tier global resources firm, the Melbourne-based MMG is one of the world’s largest producers of zinc and substantially of copper, lead, gold and silver. It also explores and develops base metal projects in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

“We have selected Wipro as our strategic partner to transform key management systems and provide a foundation for growth and simplification,” MMG’s chief operating officer Marcelo Bastos noted in the statement.

The high-end IT solution will also allow the mining firm to derive value from its current and future operations by standardising its business processes and implementing a new SAP platform.

“We look forward to partnering with MMG to ensure seamless delivery of this business critical programme, as IT has emerged as a key efficiency driver in the natural resources space where growth of the mining industry lies in efficiency through automation,” Padmanabhan said.

Wipro’s natural resources vertical covering metals and mining, agriculture and forestry industry segments is a part of its strategic business unit.

“Our mining capabilities are seeing increasing traction across the world spanning Australia, Latin America, Canada, Kazakhstan and Africa. We address the industry’s core concerns through consulting, engineering and back office services,” Padmanabhan added.