Rio Tinto signs multi-year partnership deal with digital consultancy Endava

Dan Evans, Chief Information Officer at Rio Tinto

Digital transformation consultancy and agile software development expert Endava has partnered with Rio Tinto with an intention to create software development team of over 500. Over the next five years, the partnership will create a framework to instil best practices as they build out an in-house talent pool to drive the next stage of Rio Tinto’s growth. 

What does the partnership mean for Rio Tinto?

The partnership will see Rio Tinto advance its digital and technological ability by working with, and learning from, Endava experts through dedicated mentoring and coaching of Rio Tinto’s technologists in software design, modern agile delivery and customer-centric product design. 

Endava has expanded its presence in Australia to invest in the partnership and support Rio Tinto. The project will see Endava’s presence scale in response to growing demand. The program has started at Rio Tinto’s Brisbane hub, where the initial tranche of software developers will be based but will expand globally across the organisation as the team grows.  

What were the executives’ thoughts on the partnership?

Commenting on the partnership, Endava Head of Delivery, APAC and Managing Director of Australia, Steve Harding said, “We have a wealth of experience in this space. By investing in longer-term partnerships, we are able to support organisations like Rio Tinto to deliver digital improvements and become the leaders in cutting-edge technology for the mining industry.” 

“This partnership is an example of Endava’s approach: using our software-engineering to help businesses change and build data and software into their operations, driving enterprise agility as a result. We’re doing this by working alongside and coaching Rio Tinto teams, helping them deliver on their critical programs while we transform their internal capability together.” 

Commenting on the partnership, Rio Tinto Chief Information Officer, Dan Evans said “Developing in-house product software development capability will be core to accelerating our digital transformation. We are a mining and metals company, but if you look at our autonomous trucks and drills, remote operations centres, advanced process automation, machine learning and AI, there’s no doubt that we are also a technology company.” 

“With the rapid evolution of digital tech and incredible volume of data generated every minute across our offices, we want to improve how we integrate data and tech across the value chain to enable rapid insights and decision-making to improve safety, productivity and value.”