Asda goes to the checkout with HCL Technologies

HCL Technologies, the technology company, has been selected by grocery retailer Asda.

The three-year applications services contract will see HCL transform Asda’s IT Application Services with a new DevOps delivery model to drive data and analytics and support back-office applications through the full lifecycle of development, testing and support.

According to their press release, HCL will build a centralised data management platform for Asda to increase its insights and analytics capabilities.

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Asda operates more than 600 stores across the UK and employs over 135,000 people.

Phil Tenney, CIO at Asda, said:  “As organisations embark on a digital transformation with technology increasingly driving the business, it’s critical that we have the agility to respond quickly to changing needs, particularly in capabilities such as Data and Analytics.”

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“HCL offered the right blend of capabilities, experience, quality and value to help us drive the level of transformation we needed. We also identified a strong cultural fit between our two teams, which will be indispensable as we work side-by-side in the new DevOps delivery model.”

“We’re looking forward to working with HCL on our Application Services, through its focus on continuous improvement and unique expertise that will help our teams keep up with the latest industry trends, technologies and tools.”

Ashish Gupta, Corporate Vice President, at HCL Technologies, added: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work so closely with Asda as it embarks on transforming its data and analytics capabilities,”

“Today’s grocery retail market is highly competitive, and the increasing trend towards online shopping and in-store digitalisation puts more pressure than ever on IT to accelerate innovation. This deal is a fantastic endorsement of HCL’s next-generation application services and ability to drive major transformations.”

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Andrew Ross

As a reporter with Information Age, Andrew Ross writes articles for technology leaders; helping them manage business critical issues both for today and in the future