Spark Digital wins five-year deal to transform NZ Racing Board

NZ Racing Board shifts to Google Apps for Work, Chromebooks and targets flexible cloud infrastructure.

The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) has selected Spark Digital to redesign and deliver its IT infrastructure and internal IT services.

Spark Digital will also provide outsourced IT including cloud infrastructure, networking, cloud computing, security and IT service management as part of the five-year contract. The deal will provide financial savings as well as the ability to scale IT requirements around race days and other busy periods.

NZRB has also chosen Google Apps for Work and Chromebooks to provide collaborative tools for staff.

"Spark Digital came up with an original and innovative approach that reduces our IT spend," said NZRB's general manager technology, Colin Philp. "Moving us to Google software and Chromebooks means we get significant benefits and an incredible change in price points."

Philp said NZRB can now deliver four or five desktops for the price it used to pay for one. Outsourcing also means NZRB can now focus on strategic issues rather than running its own in-house IT, he said.

Cloud services will be delivered from Spark Digital's new data centre in Takanini, south of Auckland, Spark Digital CEO Tim Miles said.

The New Zealand Racing Board runs racing and the betting services through the TAB and also broadcasts racing on TV and radio channels. Spark Digital is a division of New Zealand telco retailer Spark.