HCL counts Microsoft as a global strategic alliance partner. Working closely with product engineers at Microsoft to gain insight into the latest Microsoft technologies, HCL applies that insight to create branded offerings that meet emerging market needs through 25 service lines across 20 industry verticals. For the last two and a half years, HCL has applied this approach to its rapidly growing IT Infrastructure and Application Services. Among these services, the company’s proprietary “Enterprise of the Future” framework encompasses a series of branded “Workplace of the Future” solutions—all built around Microsoft Office 365 in the messaging and collaboration space. These solutions give HCL a leading edge in the market because they help customers attract employees entering the workforce and boost productivity.
HCL has heavily invested in a Workplace of the Future task force where more than 250 HCL employees define workplace innovation solutions for customers. HCL currently offers 13 different workplace services that feature Microsoft Office 365 customer solutions.
It has been a successful approach. According to Rakshit Ghura (Global Practice Director and Head for Workplace Services, HCL Group), HCL has sold more than half a million Office 365 seats in the last two years. “Thanks to our Workplace of the Future strategy, Microsoft Office 365 sales have been growing by 40 percent year over year for the past three years,” says Ghura.