The Co-operative Group is moving its IT systems to the cloud to reduce its carbon footprint and drive growth.

The Co-op, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has expanded its partnership with Tata Consultancy Services.

TCS has been its strategic partner for the past 14 years, supporting a number of business-critical and workplace transformations. These include retail business transformation, core system transformation and franchise programme. 

The expanded partnership will see TCS help Co-op move from a traditional data centre model to a fully managed, scalable cloud environment powered by TCS Enterprise Cloud.

TCS says this migration to a scalable cloud will provide a foundation for future capabilities and growth, while reducing energy usage and supporting sustainability goals. TCS will also manage the hybrid cloud and SaaS estate for enhanced resilience and agility.  

“We are delighted to extend our strategic partnership with TCS in enabling us to meet Co-op’s business objectives and serving and supporting our member-owners who are at the very heart of our business,” said Rob Elsey, CDIO, The Co-operative Group. 

“They have been a great partner, aligned with our growth priorities and future-proofed our infrastructure as we set on the course for continued future expansion – supporting change and transformation in how we work as a business and in our cloud journey.”  

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TCS is one of the largest providers of IT services, consulting, and business solutions in the UK by revenue. It has operated in the region for more than 45 years and works with over 200 of the nation’s best-known businesses. 

It currently employs more than 23,000 people in the UK and Ireland, making it among the region’s biggest IT employers. 

Shekar Krishnan, head, retail & CPG – UK & Europe at TCS, said: “TCS is pleased to expand our long-standing partnership with The Co-operative Group. 

“Our contextual knowledge, deep domain expertise, and technology prowess will help Co-op achieve their cloud-first strategy and result in a resilient digital foundation to support their business growth.”

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