Halliburton, a provider of product and services to the energy industry, has entered into a five-year agreement with Microsoft and Accenture to advance its digital capabilities in Microsoft Azure.
“The strategic agreement with Microsoft and Accenture is an important step in our adoption of new technology and applications to enhance our digital capabilities, drive additional business agility and reduce capital expenditures,” said Jeff Miller, chairman, president and CEO of Halliburton “We are excited about the benefits our customers and employees will realise through this agreement, and the opportunity to further leverage our open architecture approach to software delivery.”
Under the agreement, Halliburton will move completely to cloud-based digital platforms. It will also add to its customer offerings by enhancing real-time platforms for remote operations, improving analytics capabilities with the Halliburton Data Lake using machine learning and artificial intelligence, and accelerating the deployment of new technology and applications.
“Moving to the cloud allows companies to create market-shaping customer offerings and drive tangible business outcomes,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business. “Through this alliance with Halliburton and Accenture, we will apply the power of the cloud to unlock digital capabilities that deliver benefits for Halliburton and its customers.”
The agreement will also enable the migration of all Halliburton’s physical data centres to Microsoft Azure. Accenture will work with Microsoft, in conjunction with their Avanade joint venture, to transition Halliburton’s digital capabilities and business-critical application to Azure. It will also leverage its cloud migration framework to accelerate the process and provide for additional opportunities.
“Building a digital core and scaling it quickly across a business is only possible with a strong foundation in the cloud,” said Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture. “Halliburton recognises that this essential foundation will provide the innovation, efficiency and talent advantages to do things differently and fast. We are proud to be part of driving this transformational change, which builds on our long history of working with Halliburton and Microsoft.”
The staged migration is expected to be completed by 2022.