Empired ups its resources ante with Conducive buy

Perth IT services firm Empired has decided to increase its capability in the resources area with a new buy.

Perth-based IT services provider Empired has bought consulting services provider Conducive for AU$7.95 million.

Conducive has experience in the energy and resources sector, including mining systems integration, which will add to Empired's resources sector capability. Empired is currently working on the information cost and control system for the US$34 billion INPEX Ichthys project, and also has contracts with Fortescue Metals and St Barbara Mines.

Empired's managing director Russell Baskerville said that the purchase "significantly" increases Empired's capability, expanding the number of companies that it could service with multi-year managed-services contracts, while enabling it to net a larger portion of the budget from companies that it is already servicing.

"I have personally met with a number of Conducive's major clients, who are delighted with the service they receive and welcome Conducive being supported by a larger organisation," he said.

Conducive's managing director Branden Dekenah said that Empired and Conducive are well aligned culturally. Empired's 275 staff will be joined by 54 staff from Conducive.

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