SOURCE: HCL Technologies

June 26, 2008 10:00 ET

Communication Excellence Becomes Reality With HCL and Thunderhead

Thunderhead and HCL Form Global Partnership

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - Customers of Thunderhead, the enterprise communications company, and HCL, the integrated business services provider, can now benefit from a complete end-to-end integration and implementation package for the Thunderhead NOW platform.

The cornerstone of the new partnership will be a Thunderhead Centre of Excellence (CoE), with HCL providing a dedicated team of 50 fully trained staff. The Centre will have a global remit, but will also help Thunderhead extend its penetration into Asian and the Middle East markets.

The partnership meets an increasing global demand for enterprise solutions for personalised multi-channel communications, and will add value to HCL customers and other large organisations seeking to improve their competitive positioning through superior customer engagement. The CoE will provide the capacity for very large scale or turn-key Thunderhead deployments, enabling organisations to quickly and easily migrate from existing legacy document generation and composition systems to Thunderhead's NOW platform, and achieve a rapid ROI.

HCL has significant experience in working with Thunderhead, having already completed a number of projects with the Thunderhead NOW platform, including a recent implementation of NOW at HBOS. With the establishment of the Thunderhead CoE, HCL will consolidate that accumulated experience into a focused service offering, aligned with HCL's expertise covering an extremely broad range of enterprise applications and systems infrastructure.

"Our partnership with Thunderhead is a strategic opportunity for HCL, enabling us to provide leading-edge enterprise solutions for organisations that need to manage customer communications challenges on a number of fronts -- such as personalisation, multiple languages, and regulatory compliance -- in a connected global economy," said Stuart Drew, Senior Vice President, at HCL. "Thunderhead's NOW platform is rapidly becoming a standard for enterprise communications, and will be the focus of a new services practice that will also show-case our existing expertise in BPM, ECM, SOA and systems integration."

"We have worked closely with HCL on a number of successful, large-scale implementation projects and have tremendous confidence in their ability to deliver Thunderhead services. Our relationship works and is clearly in demand by our customers," said Glen Manchester, CEO of Thunderhead.

"I am very pleased to have formalised our relationship with HCL in this partnership, which will take Thunderhead NOW into new geographies and industries, and notably provides us with a global services capability of impressive reach and depth," Manchester concluded.

About Thunderhead

Thunderhead is the leading provider of enterprise solutions for the production of customer engagement and multi-channel business communications. Thunderhead delivers the only enterprise platform that enables business users to manage the end-to-end process of creating intelligent personalised communications across multiple channels. Due to its unique combination of Business User control, standards-based architecture, and enterprise capabilities, Thunderhead has quickly established itself as the clear market leader for financial services organisations, counting leading businesses such as ANZ, Citigroup, the Hartford, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Prudential and Sallie Mae amongst its customers. Thunderhead services its global customer base from offices located in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For further information please visit www.thunderhead.com.

About HCL Technologies Ltd.

HCL Technologies is one of India's leading global IT Services companies, providing software-led IT solutions, remote infrastructure management services and BPO. Having made a foray into the global IT landscape in 1999 after its IPO, HCL Technologies focuses on Transformational Outsourcing, working with clients in areas that impact and re-define the core of their business. The company leverages an extensive global offshore infrastructure and its global network of offices in 18 countries to deliver solutions across select verticals including Financial Services, Retail & Consumer, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Hi-Tech, Telecom and Media & Entertainment (M&E). For the quarter ended 31st March 2008, HCL Technologies, along with its subsidiaries had last twelve months (LTM) revenue of $ 1.8 billion (Rs. 7083 crores) and employed 49,802 professionals. For more information, please visit www.hcltech.com.

About HCL Enterprise

HCL Enterprise is a $ 4.9 billion leading Global Technology and IT Enterprise that comprises two companies listed in India -- HCL Technologies & HCL Infosystems. The 3-decade-old enterprise, founded in 1976, is one of India's original IT garage start-ups. Its range of offerings spans Product Engineering, Custom & Package Applications, BPO, IT Infrastructure Services, IT Hardware, Systems Integration, and distribution of ICT products. The HCL team comprises over 55,000 professionals of diverse nationalities, who operate from 18 countries including 360 points of presence in India. HCL has global partnerships with several leading Fortune 1000 firms, including leading IT and Technology firms. For more information, please visit www.hcl.in

Forward-looking Statements

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Contact Information

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    HCL Technologies
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