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New Zealand’s largest telco Spark has launched a new digital transformation consultancy - Leaven – which it says has been established to assist organisations as they shift to new and more digital ways of working.

According to Spark, Leaven aims to accelerate business and digital transformation, paving the way for New Zealand organisations to adopt, operate, and innovate on public cloud platforms.

Spark chief executive Jolie Hodson said organisations sought smarter ways to turn their aspirations for digital transformation into action as they adapted to the digital era.

“Leaven is an important element of our strategy in helping all New Zealand win big in a digital world. Specifically, Leaven has been introduced to help organisations realise the benefits of digital transformation and put plans in place to get there faster.”

Led by former Revera CEO Robin Cockayne, Spark says Leaven 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 Cloud Technology Partners (CTP), a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) company.

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

Cockayne said there was “considerable executive and boardroom interest” in Leaven’s digital transformation offering.

“The volume of noise around cloud and transformation makes it tougher for some clients to get started. But that’s one of the strengths of Leaven’s approach – 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,” Cockayne said.

Working with the three leading public cloud platforms – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud – Leaven offers a cloud agnostic approach to transformation.

“Digital transformation isn’t easy and requires buy-in across any organisation,” said Cockayne.

“We will be guided by our customers’ needs, working with our cloud partners to identify a proposition that meets their requirements.”

“The partnership paves the way for HPE New Zealand to broaden the scope of its digital services in the local market, said Colin Henderson, Managing Director of HPE New Zealand.

“We’ve invested significantly in these capabilities aligned to our Multi Cloud strategy with on premise and Public Cloud Consumption models and are excited about Leaven’s potential.

“We’ve seen the considerable global success CTP has had, and we are delighted to be able to work with Leaven to offer this capability to clients in New Zealand.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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