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HP Opens Global Applications Services Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand

Posted on 24-Aug-2009 15:34 | Filed under: News

HP today announced the opening of a services centre in Christchurch, New Zealand to help clients cost-effectively develop and manage their applications to achieve their business goals.

The Christchurch centre, part of HP’s applications services "Best Shore" delivery network, is designed to leverage the benefit of global delivery and reduce its associated risk. The "Best Shore" network focuses on providing the skills and expertise clients need from locations around the world, using consistent business and technical processes.

“New Zealand is currently a very attractive option for international businesses looking to outsource their IT requirements. Now that it is a fully integrated part of HP’s global delivery organisation, our new centre, based in Christchurch, provides a very compelling proposition for our clients worldwide," says Alex Bouma, National Applications Services Manager for Hewlett-Packard New Zealand and Manager for the new Christchurch centre for Global Applications Services.

The centre is recruiting now and is expected to create a significant number of new jobs in Christchurch.

“The Canterbury Development Corporation is wholly supportive of this initiative and is confident of numerous flow-on benefits for the local economy,” said Bill Luff, chief executive officer at Canterbury Development Corporation. “We need to retain the talent coming out of our educational institutions. To achieve this, it is critical that we have enough work to keep them here, and this centre provides one such opportunity. The potential impact of a centre like this on the local economy is very significant.”

“The proximity and the experience of the centre to Asia Pacific organisations will help reduce the risk and cost of completely offshoring work as part of their business strategy,” said Eric Clark, vice president, Applications Services – Asia Pacific and Japan, HP. “HP is a market leader in applications services and regional clients working with the Christchurch centre will benefit from similarities in time zones and language.”

The HP Christchurch centre offers applications development, modernisation and management services focused on Java/J2EE, Microsoft .Net, testing and legacy systems. HP continues to invest heavily in developing these skills locally and plans are currently underway to enhance the centre’s SAP and Oracle capabilities.

The new centre is part of a broader plan to expand HP’s applications services in New Zealand. HP is also in the process of establishing a specialist Government Applications Centre in Wellington to work closely with its public sector clients, particularly in the areas of transformation and modernisation. The Christchurch centre joins HP delivery centres across China, India Philippines, Egypt, Poland, Slovakia, Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica.