Hewlett-Packard has opened a regional delivery centre in Winnipeg — its first in this country — to help customers polish enterprise applications.

The centre, one of 12 around the world, expands HP’s Microsoft .Net centre of excellence and its SAP delivery practice in the Manitoba capital.

The existing center currently supports more than 22 customers in Canada and around the world, HP said in a news release.  Expanding it into an RDC will provide more opportunities for HP to harness local IT talent to deliver solutions out of Winnipeg for both Canadian and global clients, it said. Services will also leverage the global delivery capabilities of HP’s Industrialized Delivery System (IDS.)

It’s aimed at helping Canadian and international clients achieve the most value from their .Net and SAP applications, the company said.

“Applications are the lifeblood of today’s enterprises, supporting everything from payroll to new mobile services, and  IT departments are under immense pressure to deliver new applications faster while improving service levels,” Bruce Pearce,  HP Canada’s vice president and general manager for enterprise services, said in a statement. “The deep expertise and services offered by the HP Canadian Regional Delivery Centre will enable organizations to become more agile by reducing complexity, while increasing service quality.”

HP also said it will work with local educational institutions on training programs to meet the demand for Microsoft and SAP solutions.

HP has what it calls local delivery — meaning services that are offered on-site or at an HP office in a city. Regional centres are offered to customers across a wider area.

“The HP Canadian RDC is part of a global network of interconnected centers of expertise that are designed to provide clients with a secure, scalable, effective and reliable way to build and maintain applications,” the company said. “By expanding our presence and expertise in Manitoba, HP will have more resources to help our Canadian and international clients turn their applications into assets to propel their businesses forward, while actively supporting growth in the province.”



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