Empired is broadening its reach in Victoria and announced a new office in the state. The news coincides with an IT managed service contract with local mining giant, Minerals and Metal Group (MMG).
MMG is headquartered in Melbourne, but has worldwide operations that Empired will also be servicing.
Empired was previously affiliated with Oz Minerals, which MMG acquired major assets from. The service provider was then asked to assist in IT integration and infrastructure requirements for the mining group, leading to a brand new contract opportunity.
The WA-based service provider will deliver service desk assistance, desktop support, standard operating environment (SOE) maintenance and application distribution to end-user desktops. The agreement also encompasses change management services across the organisation and selective server management services. Contract length is three years with two one-year extensions on the cards.
Empired managing director, Russell Baskerville, stayed mum on the value of the contract but acknowledged it was one of the larger deals on the books this year.
As a result of the agreement with MMG, Empired has signalled a wider expansion to its forthcoming Victoria office including additional staff.
“The new premises will allow Empired to grow to about 150 staff over the next two years in the state,” Baskerville said. On top of the service provider’s recent win with the Victoria Department of Education for Early Childhood, Empired is actively chasing other large government and commercial contracts in the region.
While the company has no specific plans to secure deals in other states, it has also set its sights on NSW.
“We are currently focused on Victoria and WA, but we are looking at opportunities to enter the NSW market,” Baskerville said.