HCL: Helping businesses adapt for the digital age
Possessing a distinguished 44-year heritage in the sector, HCL Technologies (formerly Hindustan Computers Limited) is an Indian multinational headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
With a client base that includes half of the Fortune 500 and 650 of the Global 2000, its expertise and value as a partner for digital transformation are well recognised.
“Enterprises across industries stand at an inflection point today,” states HCL on its . “In order to thrive in the digital age, technologies such as analytics, cloud, IoT, and automation occupy centre stage.”
The HCL approach
HCL has managed to carve its renowned reputation on the basis of a highly innovative and specialised approach stemming from three key concepts:
- : inverting the “organisational pyramid”, HCL empowers front line workers to develop concepts derived from their first-hand understanding of the customer experience.
- : the sum of strong values combined with culture, HCL fosters trust, transparency, and flexibility to fulfill customers’ best interests
- : this combines ‘core services’ with ‘next-gen services’, products and platforms to create a distinctive three-layer digital enterprise
The company is focused on delivering “technology for the next decade, today,” and its reach extends across the industry spectrum, from aerospace and defense to banking, healthcare, retail and more.
Tech against COVID-19
HCL has taken the challenge of COVID-19 and met it . Working with clients and partners to ensure their needs continue to be met, it has spearheaded efforts based on empathy, an employee-first approach to operations, embracing remote working capabilities, and continuing to explore technological innovation.
This is indicative of the care and attention to detail that HCL brings to everything it does. Cited by SAP’s Nis Boy Naeve, VP of Platform Adoption Enablement, for strong contributions to its , it is, perhaps, no surprise that HCL was labeled a “knowledgeable and valuable” partnership.
Read more about SAP and HCL in the April ‘21 edition of Technology Magazine
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”