Empired strikes back with energy deal

Empired strikes back with energy deal

CSC will play second fiddle to the tune being played by WA-based software and services provider Empired in a multimillion-dollar deal with mining giant Woodside Energy.

Empired has won a contract to upgrade Woodside's server and terminal software systems as well as design a standard operating environment for the company. Such contracts are normally reserved for multinational services companies, which in turn subcontract local companies. Empired and CSC have been working together for a number of years, but what makes this contract different is that it is the multinational, CSC, that will be subcontracted.

"CSC has been much maligned in WA because they have been involved in so much of the outsourcing. But this shows they are prepared to work both ways," said Empired managing director Justin Miller.

CSC worked with the company to win the bid. Up to 30 people will work on the contract over the next six to eight months, and while Miller will not be drawn on the exact worth of the contract, he admits it's "in excess of seven figures".

Empired has been working to win business with Woodside for the last two years. "It's a hard nut to crack, but we had a good bid and ultimately picked up the contract," Miller said.

"We do have other mining customers -- we have worked with Rio Tinto and Hamersley -- but the scale of this is very significant. Woodside is a high-profile customer. There's a lot more business there and we are hoping to pick up other business from this."

Empired arose out of the merger of software businesses Tusk Technologies and BigRedSky in March this year. "Tusk was a services-based business and BigRedSky worked as an ASP [application service provider] so we have a good range of products," Miller said. "I think the success for us has been in diversifying not only our services, but the products we offer as well."

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