As part of its strategic commitment to reduce costs while transforming its business, the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) is working with Spark Digital to redesign its IT infrastructure and change the way it delivers internal IT services.NZRB has signed a five-year contract with Spark Digital to provide an outsourced IT system that includes infrastructure, networking, cloud computing, security and IT service management. The new arrangement will provide financial savings, as well as other significant benefits in terms of risk, capability, digitisation, and collaboration opportunities, says Spark Digital, in a statement. Spark Digital was chosen following an RFI process.The partnership, says Spark Digital, will allow NZRB the flexibility to regularly scale up and down their IT requirements around race days, and other busy periods. \u201cSpark Digital came up with an original and innovative approach that reduces our IT spend,\u201d says Colin Philp, GM technology at NZRB. No captionGoogle\u2019s simpler hardware and software means fewer support calls, that\u2019s a huge cost saving from our point of view.Colin Philp, NZ Racing BoardNZRB has also chosen Google Apps for Work and Chromebooks, which will mean a new more collaborative set of tools for staff.\u201cMoving us to Google software and Chromebooks means we get significant benefits and an incredible change in price points,\u201d says Philp.\u201cWe can now provide four or five users with desktops for the same price we were paying for just one. Another benefit is that Google\u2019s simpler hardware and software means fewer support calls, that\u2019s a huge cost saving from our point of view.\u201d\u201cAnother benefit of the IT infrastructure solution that Spark Digital is providing is that it will enable us to shift our focus to where we add the most value to the business \u2013 our IP and our ability to differentiate from our competitors.\u201d Outsourcing resolves many IT challenges and means NZRB can now focus on strategic issues, he states. \u201cThere is no competitive advantage for us running our own in-house IT infrastructure.\u201dBecause the Google software has collaboration built-in, staff will be able to work better together than ever before, and from multiple locations, he states. This is important as NZRB staff are widely distributed around the country. Philp says this means staff will be able to connect easily with their colleagues in other locations, changing the way they work.\u201cSpark Digital works closely with many customers who are transitioning from a traditional IT services model to a new cloud-based model,\u201d says Spark Digital CEO Tim Miles.This type of end-to-end solution instantly brings a business closer to where its customers are interacting with each other, says Miles. \u201cIn this case Spark Digital will be providing cloud services from New Zealand\u2019s highest specification connected data centre located in Takanini.\u201d\u201cWe are looking forward to building a long-term relationship with NZRB, and the first step is to work closely to establish robust end-to-end processes, systems and integration to support theirtransformation.\u201dNZRB is an entertainment business widely recognised by its customer-facing brand, the TAB, with more than 148,000 TAB account-holders and a retail network of more than 730 outlets. The organisation was established in 2003 under the Racing Act to administer all racing and sports betting in New Zealand.NZRB is number 67 in the 2015 CIO100 , the annual report on the top ICT using organisations in New Zealand.Philp leads a team of 81, supporting the organisation\u2019s IT and project needs. \u201cIT plays a pivotal role in our business and in the achievement of our strategic goals\u201d says Philp inthis year\u2019s report. \u201cRe-architecting our IT is one of the key initiatives driving the company\u2019s five-year strategy to deliver greater returns to the racing and sports industry and provide a better offering for our customers.\u201dSend news tips and comments to email@example.comFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinapFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nzSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events. Join us on Facebook.