Fujitsu ditched for Empired in $10 million energy deal

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Fujitsu ditched for Empired in $10 million energy deal
Empired chief executive Russell Baskerville

Empired has clinched an IT managed services deal with West Australian state-owned electricity provider Horizon Power, parting ways with former provider Fujitsu

In 2011, Horizon Power signed a three-year deal with Fujitsu to take over management of end-to-end infrastructure support for the electricity provider across the state.

The contract covered service desk; asset and configuration management; support for servers, storage, databases and networks; capacity management; and communications services like VoIP, meeting room technologies and email management.

End user device support was also covered under the deal.

But as the contract came to its three-year end, Horizon Power decided to look for a new partner, landing on Empired.

The pair have signed a three-year deal with a two-year extension option. Empired estimates the partnership will be worth $10 million over the life of the contract.

The ASX-listed IT solutions firm will provide manage services for all the electricity provider's infrastructure across the state, as well as service desk, security and management of end user devices.

It will also provide project services for the "enhancement and development" of Horizon Power's technology environment.

"We have been driving a major businss transformation program across our organisation over the past two years and this contract is a key part of our evolution," Horizon Power managing director Frank Tudor said in a statement.

The new deal is the latest in a series of multimillion-dollar managed services contracts Empired has scored within the past year. Empired recently won a $12 million contract with another WA-owned energy provider Western Power.

Empired has also landed a $20 million deal with Rio Tinto, $15 million deal with InterOil and $12 million deal with Toyota.

The company raked in $130 million in revenue for the 2015 financial year, up from $67 million the previous year. Empired nearly doubled its headcount in the same time to 919 following the acquisitions of Intergen, OBS and eSavvy.

Horizon Power services more than 100,000 residents and 10,000 businesses across Western Australia. 

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