Norway’s Statkraft outsources IT infrastructure management

Energy company awards India’s HCL five-year IT deal in order to free up resources to focus on core business

Norwegian renewable energy provider Statkraft has outsourced the management of its IT infrastructure globally so it can focus on its core business, while ensuring its IT remains up to date.

Indian IT services firm HCL has won the five-and-a-half-year contract, which includes the provision of datacentre, service desk, workplace, network and security services, as well as operations supporting applications and other services across business functions. The contract supports Statkraft’s IT infrastructure globally.

Statkraft produces hydro power, wind power, solar power and gas-fired power and employs 3,600 people in 16 countries.

CIO Johnny Langsrud said that by outsourcing its IT infrastructure, the company can invest more time in providing customers with energy services. “Our partnership with HCL allows us to focus on our core business, while also making sure our IT infrastructure processes are optimised for future success,” he said.

According to a Nordic IT outsourcing study by Whitelane Research last year and in line with Statkraft’s decision to outsource to HCL, the main outsourcing driver for Nordic companies is to focus on their core business – cited by 60% of respondents to the study.

Langsrud said HCL’s sector-specific expertise and established presence in the Nordic region contributed to its appointment. “It demonstrated a deep understanding of our business and future vision,” he said. “The quality and technical competence of the HCL team, alongside its impressive list of successful engagements in the region, were also important factors for us when selecting it as our preferred partner.”

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HCL has a strong presence in the Nordic region, where it recently expanded its global delivery network by opening another delivery centre.

The centre, in Gothenburg, Sweden, was HCL’s 12th in the Nordics. It grew out of HCL’s 2015 acquisition of the IT department of Sweden’s Volvo Group, which was a customer. The $200m deal saw more than 2,500 of the truck maker’s IT staff, including much sought-after mainframe experts, transfer to HCL.

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