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BHP forges strategic cloud partnership with Microsoft

Transforms global applications portfolio with Azure

Microsoft has established a multi-year strategic partnership with BHP, one of the world’s largest resources companies, to deploy Microsoft Azure as BHP’s preferred cloud for its global applications portfolio.

The partnership will build on BHP’s existing Microsoft Cloud foundations with Office 365, Dynamics 365 and Azure, and will enable BHP to improve safety, productivity and sustainably at its frontline operations across Australia, the Americas and globally.

Microsoft will help deliver strong digital capability, data support and security, which will help BHP accelerate its journey to cloud, transitioning its global applications including SAP, in a portfolio move to Azure. This represents the transition of up to 17,500 TB of data to Azure.

With BHP already using Office 365, Azure and Dynamics 365 throughout its operations and with Azure as its preferred cloud, BHP will reap the full advantage of Microsoft’s globally integrated and leading cloud capability.

Laura Tyler, Chief Technical Officer, BHP said; “Digital technology is in everything we do at BHP, from how we connect every day to how we extract and find resources more safely and sustainably.

“We are levering next generation technologies like cloud, machine learning and automation to solve complex business problems and unlock value even faster.

“Cloud is the foundation to our plans, and it will enable us to deploy digital solutions to the frontline quickly and at scale. Cloud will dramatically reduce the amount of hardware on sites and reduce costs.

We are thrilled to have Microsoft on board to ensure we have a strong foundation to accelerate our plans and lift capability across the business.

Through the highly competitive selection process Microsoft distinguished itself for its global coverage, capabilities and integrated services. BHP and Microsoft also share values with regard to sustainability, water management and climate, culture, business agility and skilling.

“Our partnership with BHP will accelerate the company’s cloud journey, improve enterprise agility and security, and advance its sustainability commitments through better data insights,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business.

We are excited to collaborate with BHP on deploying the digital tools and capabilities needed to respond quickly to opportunities in the global resources sector and ensure its people are fully supported to do their best work safely.

BHP plans to transition applications from its regional data centres, corporate offices and operational sites as well as its SAP HANA environment to Microsoft Azure over the next three years.

Microsoft has strong relationships with BHP’s three global systems integrators, Accenture, Infosys and Cognizant and has an existing global partnership with SAP. The companies will work together to accelerate BHP’s move to the cloud over the next three years and their combined efforts will help reduce risk and optimise outcomes.

Note to editors:

BHP has been using Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 powered mixed reality solutions to ensure business continuity and employee safety through the pandemic powered by both Dynamics 365 and Azure cloud platforms. See story here

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