Spark leverages HPE’s CTP to leaven digital transformation

New subsidiary Leaven will be led by the former CEO of data centre operator Revera

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Spark has formed a new subsidiary, Leaven, to help New Zealand business with their digital transformation by leveraging the intellectual property of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) subsidiary Cloud Technology Partners (CTP).

It will offer customers a choice of public cloud services from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.

Leaven will be led by the former CEO of data centre operator Revera, Robin Cockayne, and, according to Spark it will focus on three key areas: cloud adoption, operations and digital innovation, effectively establishing processes and technology enablers that underpin business transformation.

Spark says a team of 20 has been working under the radar for the past few months to validate Leaven’s approach, combining local experience with intellectual property exclusively licensed from CTP.

Other senior executives are: former Revera CTO Mike Walls (general manager - capability and delivery); Tim Howell, co-founder of email archiving company AfterMail (general manager - strategy and marketing); Elizabeth Kirby (general manager - global alliances).

Cockayne said CTP was a recognised leader in cloud transformation with its methodologies and consultancy services steering hundreds of large and complex digital transformation projects around the globe.

"We can offer organisations the best of both worlds: years of local experience combined with CTP’s world class, proven IP,” he said.

“We believe this combination puts us in an ideal position to help New Zealand organisations transform how they work and the services they offer.”

Cockayne said one of the strengths of Leaven’s approach would be clarity. "From the outset, we’re geared up to deliver end-to-end cloud adoption services for enterprise, from assessment to cloud-native application development, to ongoing managed services.

"Digital transformation isn’t easy and requires buy-in across any organisation. We will be guided by our customers’ needs, working with our cloud partners to identify a proposition that meets their requirements."

The managing director of HPE New Zealand Colin Henderson said the partnership paved the way for HPE New Zealand to broaden the scope of its digital services in the local market.

"We’ve invested significantly in these capabilities aligned to our multi cloud strategy with on premise and public cloud consumption models,” he said.

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