Wilson HTM Investment Group (ASX:WIG) will move its entire IT infrastructure to IntraPower’s cloud computing platform in a $16 million deal.
More than 400 Wilson HTM employees in 15 locations across the country will have access to a virtual desktop, which will include applications from Microsoft Office.
IntraPower (ASX:IPX) managing director, Greg Kennish, said the five-year agreement was the largest the company had signed to date.
Wilson HTM chief executive officer, David Groth, said the deal aimed to improve IT operations without costly capital expenditure on upgrades.
“Under the terms of the agreement, Wilson HTM will be provided with IT services on a Per User Per Month basis providing us with a fixed and predictable cost,” he said in a statement.
According to analyst firm IDC, 22 per cent of Australian CIOs thought last year that the cloud was too immature for such IT services, while a further 25 per cent were still unsure it was a legitimate option.
IT management apps (39.3 per cent) and collaborative apps (46.3 per cent) were the key drivers behind transition to the cloud last year, according to statistics from IDC.
(See Computerworld Australia’s guide to managing the cloud.)