HCL Technologies said that it is the strategic IT services provider for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race which was flagged off at Alicante, Spain on Sunday.
HCL has provided end-to-end infrastructure support for the sporting event that is often described as the longest and the toughest in the world.
HCL also provided connectivity between the Race Village and the Command Centre in Alicante further connecting them to 12 Host Cities on the race route globally. The event, which began on Sunday, will finish eight months later at The Hague.\
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“Over four decades, Volvo Ocean Race has drawn some of the greatest ever sailors. This edition of the race will be more digitally focused than before, with HCL as the strategic IT services provider. This edition is also special for us as we embark on a major Sustainability Program in partnership with the UN Environment Clean Seas campaign, to showcase our commitment to the health of oceans,” said Jordi Neves, Chief Digital Officer, Volvo Ocean Race, in a statement.
The race is one where over eight months, seven yachts race across four oceans to reach 12 ports in six different continents. During these 8 months, an over 1.5 billion cumulative audience follows the race.
Speaking about HCL’s collaboration with the Volvo Ocean Race, Ashish Gupta, Corporate Vice President – ITO and Infrastructure Services Sales EMEA HCL Technologies, said, “The world has become hyper dynamic and sailing is amongst the most dynamic of sports. We see our association with the Volvo Ocean Race as another example of our Mode 1-2-3 strategy to meet customer’s business objectives and demonstrate leadership capabilities across next gen technologies. We are uniquely placed to develop lean and agile 21st century enterprise solutions.”
For the Volvo Ocean Race, HCL’s teams from around the world have come together and worked together to drive a digital experience for the millions of race followers.