News International announces multi million pound deal with HCL

London/Noida : HCL Technologies Ltd. (HCL), a leading global IT services provider, has entered into a multi million pounds, five year technology Infrastructure Management and Transformation engagement with News International, a UK subsidiary of News Corporation, the world’s leading diversified global media company. News International produces some of the UK’s most widely read newspapers including The Times, The Sun, The Sunday Times and News of the

HCL will be responsible for managing News International’s datacenter and network environments along with strategically transforming them. To begin with, this will involve transformation projects such as migrating operating systems to lower cost industry standard solutions, business continuity improvements and virtualization, consolidation & standardization of storage and servers. Thereafter, further innovations and improvements will be driven by HCL’s world class IT management practice.

“The focus within New International on reducing operational costs and increasing technology process standardization requires a flexible, on-tap technology organization with a global presence and the best global technology partnerships. HCL’s proven track record in the Media & Entertainment industry and world-class Infrastructure Management assures us that entering this engagement will provide News International with reduced costs, an improved end user experience, more resilient systems and reduced technology complexity”, said Nick Leake, Director of Technology Services, News International.

HCLT is already successfully working with other News Corporation companies for their technology Infrastructure Management requirements.

“We see the benefit of working with the same global partners across News Corp” said Andrew Hickey, CIO of News International and a member of News Corp’s CIO Council. “We saw the good work HCL had undertaken with other News Corporation companies and wanted to use their expertise for our company too. I believe that longer term, technology cost optimization, after standardization, will be driven by shared tenancy models and this deal positions us to take advantage of this model in the medium term” he continued.

“We will leverage our experience in transforming the IT operations landscape of hundreds of global enterprise and our globally benchmarked best practices in Infrastructure Management to add exponential value to News International,” said Pradeep Bindal, Senior Vice President & Worldwide Head of Sales for Infrastructure Management & Transformation Services, HCL Technologies Infrastructure Services Division. “We are confident of providing efficient operations, reduction in ongoing opex and capex and IT Operations best practices to News International over the tenure of this engagement”, he added.

HCLT boasts of 40+ leading Media and Entertainment companies worldwide including 4 of the top 5 publishing companies. It has recently announced engagements with leading global players in this space like Reader’s Digest Association and Viacom Inc.

“We’re delighted to have this opportunity to partner with News International,” said Sanjeev Nikore, President, Strategic Verticals, HCL Technologies. “Media and Entertainment companies face increasing global competition and rising cost pressures. HCL’s value proposition for this industry offers an avenue to differentiate and build competitive advantage with reduced costs. We look forward to applying our technological and industry expertise to support News International’s business goals.”

HCL was recently ranked as the World’s No.1 IT Infrastructure Services Provider by the Blackbook of Outsourcing’s Survey for 2009.

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