Race op 22 oktober 2017 van start in Spaanse Alicante
- Volvo Ocean Race is ‘s werelds langste sportevenement
- Met 45.000 zeemijl stopt de Volvo Ocean Race in 12 steden over de hele wereld
- HCL is de strategische IT-serviceprovider van de Volvo Ocean Race
ALICANTE, Spanje–(BUSINESS WIRE)– De editie 2017-18 van de Volvo Ocean Race is van start gegaan in de Spaanse stad Alicante, met HCL Technologies als strategische IT-serviceprovider. Het internationaal toonaangevende bedrijf in IT-services ondersteunt de technologische infrastructuur en voorziet de Race Village en het Command Centre in Alicante van communicatielijnen naar de andere 12 gaststeden over de hele wereld. ‘s Werelds langste en zwaarste professionele sportevenement begon in Alicante en zal acht maanden later finishen in Den Haag.
Voorafgaand aan het hijsen van de startvlag, zei Jordi Neves, Chief Digital Officer van de Volvo Ocean Race: “Meer dan vier decennia lang heeft de Volvo Ocean Race enkele van de beste zeilers bijeengebracht. Deze editie van de race is digitaler dan voorheen, met HCL als strategische IT-partner. Deze editie is ook speciaal voor ons, omdat we voor het eerste een Duurzaamheidsprogramma hebben in samenwerking met het VN-programma Environment Clean Seas, om te laten zien dat we geven om gezonde zeeën. Duurzaamheid is enorm belangrijk voor racelocatie. Daarom willen we bijdragen aan het plasticvrij maken van onze oceanen en het verbruik van fossiele brandstoffen terugdringen.
HCL Technologies Powers Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
Race flagged off at Alicante, Spain on Oct 22, 2017
- Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s longest professional sporting event
- Sailing 45,000 nautical miles, Volvo Ocean Race stops at 12 Host Cities around the world
- HCL is the strategic IT services provider to the Volvo Ocean Race
ALICANTE, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race was flagged off at Alicante, Spain, with HCL Technologies as the strategic IT services provider. The leading global IT services company has provided end-to-end infrastructure support as well as connectivity between the Race Village and the Command Centre in Alicante further connecting them to 12 Host Cities on the race route globally. The world’s longest and toughest professional sporting event began at Alicante and will finish eight months later at The Hague.
At the flag-off, Jordi Neves, Chief Digital Officer, Volvo Ocean Race, said: “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. Sustainability is at the heart of the race locations, as we want to contribute towards keeping our oceans plastic-free and advocate reducing the use of fossil fuels.”
Speaking about HCL’s collaboration with the Volvo Ocean Race, Ashish Gupta, CVP and Head EMEA, HCL Technologies, said: “HCL Technologies is elated to have partnered with the Volvo Ocean Race as its strategic IT services provider. 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.”
Volvo Ocean Race – Facts
- Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world
- It is one of the World’s biggest three sporting events, alongside the Olympics and America’s Cup
- There is no prize money for the winners, but seeing one’s name etched into one of the silver rings of the Volvo Ocean Race Trophy is a prize beyond compare
- More than 1.5Bn cumulative audience follows the race
- There have been 12 editions of the race to date, staged every four years at first, before the cycle moved to every three years from 2008-09
- For the 2017-18 edition, the race has introduced rules that give teams a major incentive to include women as well as men
For the Volvo Ocean Race, HCL has deployed lean and agile models and IPs with more than 1300 products and systems, customised for varying operational conditions at each of the 12 Host Cities to deliver a high-quality experience for the expected 3Mn visitors to the Race Villages around the world. HCL’s teams from around the world have come together and worked tirelessly to drive a world-class, experience for the millions of race followers, who will be using the latest digital technologies to get closer than ever to the action.
The Volvo Ocean Race is the longest race in the world, where over 8 months, 7 yachts race across 4 oceans to reach 12 ports in 6 different continents. During these 8 months, a 1.5BN+ cumulative audience follows the race. The 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race comprises teams including team AkzoNobel, DongFeng Race Team, MAPFRE, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Sun Hung Kai Scallywag, Turn The Tide on Plastic and Team Brunel. This edition of the race features three times as many Southern Ocean miles (12,000 nautical miles) than its previous edition and will end in The Hague by June’2018.
The Volvo Ocean Race partnership furthers HCL’s credentials in the sporting arena and follows the company’s global engagement with Manchester United where HCL was selected as the club’s official ‘digital partner’.
For more information, visit: https://www.hcltech.com/volvo-ocean-race