EMEA Region Release: 28. November 2013

AVEVE Group Signs Five-year Outsourcing Agreement with HP to Enable Business Continuity

Leading provider of agricultural and horticultural supplies drives IT and business efficiency with HP IT Infrastructure Outsourcing Services
LEUVEN, Belgium, Nov 28, 2013 - HP Enterprise Services Belgium today announced that the AVEVE Group has selected HP to manage its data center infrastructure and operations for the next five years.

Under the new agreement, HP IT Infrastructure Outsourcing Services will ensure uninterrupted access to services and applications on a pay-per-use basis, driving AVEVE’s business efficiency, freeing resources and saving costs.

The market leader in agricultural and horticultural supplies in Belgium, the AVEVE Group operates the country’s largest chain of garden centers. Headquartered in Leuven, the Group has 1,700 employees, 280 sales outlets and 50 companies in Belgium and abroad. Its annual turnover of €1.2 billion places it among the top 100 companies in Belgium.

“To maintain our competitive edge and drive growth inside and outside Belgium, we are transforming the way IT serves our business,” says Erwin Verstraelen, CIO, AVEVE. “As a long-term strategic ally, HP will allow us to focus on delivering top-quality products and services to our customers while increasing IT efficiency.”

HP will deliver cross-functional data center services through a flexible utility model which offers full cost transparency. As well as simplifying AVEVE’s processes and reducing the risks associated with technology transformations, HP IT Infrastructure Outsourcing Services will provide access to HP’s broad portfolio of products and services for business continuity.

“Organisations like the AVEVE Group need a strong IT partner to support their applications and related business processes, making them always available and easily adaptable to change,” says Danny Minschart, director, HP Enterprise Services BeLux. “With the backing of efficient processes, an optimised technology infrastructure and transparent governance, HP will help AVEVE maintain its high standards of innovation and customer service.”

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