Automotive and Formula One CIO Craig Charlton has agreed a deal with Indian outsourcing firm Wipro. The McLaren CIO announced the deal last week. McLaren, based in Surrey, is one of the most successful teams in Formula One, although recent years have been difficult and the organisation has become a fierce rival to legends Ferrari and Lamborghini in the luxury sports car market.
Wipro will become the official technology provider to McLaren, which already has a close supplier and sponsorship relationship with enterprise resource planning firm SAP. Under the terms of the deal Wipro will help McLaren “drive digitalisation across its business”, Wipro said in a statement.
The multi-year deal will see the Wipro HOLMES artificial intelligence (AI) platform and the Wipro managed services framework adopted by McLaren in Woking for its automotive and technology businesses.
“We are passionate about delivering high performance digital solutions underpinned by robust SLAs across McLaren,” McLaren Technology Group CIO Craig Charlton said in a statement. “Wipro, with its deep domain expertise and vast application services portfolio, will help us achieve excellence as well as drive innovation in Artificial Intelligence.”
McLaren announced last week it is ending a troubled relationship with japanese automotive firm Honda to supply engines to its Formula One team. The F1 team, the foundations of the McLaren business, has won the F1 world championships with drivers such as James Hunt, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Emerson Fittipaldi and Lewis Hamilton. In recent years two of F1’s greatest drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso have driven for the team.
McLaren has also won at Le Mans and its road cars are some of the most exotic and sought after cars available.
CIO Charlton joined McLaren in 2015 having been CIO at diamond mining and retailing organisation De Beers Group where he was CIO for over two years having moved to the diamond firm from its parent company Anglo American the mining conglomerate he had been with since 2006 following a career with FMCG leaders Procter & Gamble.
Winning a deal in F1 will be considered a coup for Wipro, which counts major energy and utilities firms as its clients in the UK.