Under the partnership, HCL will bring together all of Fonterra’s information technology (IT) services under one umbrella

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New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra has selected Indian technology firm HCL Technologies to modernise and manage its entire information technology (IT) infrastructure.

Under the multi-year partnership, HCL will consolidate all of Fonterra’s technology suppliers and bring together the IT infrastructure services under one umbrella.

The consolidated technology services could strengthen Fonterra’s employee experience in navigating across its business operations.

HCL to add 60 new jobs in New Zealand through the partnership

The partnership will also extend HCL’s footprint in New Zealand to three offices within the country, adding 60 new jobs in the Waikato region. Local support services for Fonterra employees will be based at its Hamilton Delivery centre.

HCL Technologies Australia & New Zealand executive vice president and country manager Michael Horton said: “We have been supporting Fonterra for over a decade by managing its IT application support and maintenance portfolio including SAP.

“We are delighted to expand our partnership with Fonterra to modernize and manage the entire technology infrastructure.

“This will enable us to further support both Fonterra’s business strategy as well as the agri-tech sector overall in the region.”

Fonterra chief information officer Piers Shore said: “Fonterra is pleased to be able to draw on HCL’s global scale and efficiency.

“Fonterra employees have said there is room for us to improve the tools and technologies we use on a daily basis at work and this partnership with HCL will allow us to make major improvements for our employees in terms of end-user experience and provide the digital foundation to our transformation initiatives.

“Additionally, this partnership will enable us to improve our cyber security framework and strengthen our critical IT foundation. Through our partnership with HCL, we are consolidating our external IT suppliers and through this we expect to make significant savings relative to our existing infrastructure IT spend over the next five years.”