Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 73,000 customers, today announced an exciting partnership with the most successful team in Super Rugby history, the Crusaders. Along with this partnership, Infor unveiled the Infor University Rugby Scholarship and named its first recipient - a high performer handpicked by the Crusaders for his potential and achievements in rugby and academics.
Infor's Managing Director for the Pacific region, Jo-Anne Ruhl, said at a breakfast sponsorship launch for media that the company is delighted to be supporting one of New Zealand's most prominent and successful rugby teams.
"This partnership with the Crusaders reflects our commitment to being actively involved in the future of Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region. It is one way we can continue to show our support for the city, the region and the rebuild of the city following the devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011," she said. "The Crusaders are an integral part of the fabric of the Canterbury community and this partnership further cements our commitment to supporting the future of rugby and of Christchurch. In this regard, we are very proud to kick off the inaugural Infor University Rugby Scholarship that will support in part the University fees for Matt Morrison, and help shape another promising Crusaders star of the future."
The Infor University Rugby Scholarship is the first naming rights sponsored university scholarship that the Crusaders have offered. Matt Morrison belongs to the 2015 intake of the Crusaders Academy and is looking to make his mark by being selected for the 2015 Canterbury U19 team, with the ultimate goal of making the New Zealand U20 team in 2016 and cutting out a future in professional rugby. Matt is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury.
In addition to naming rights to one of the Crusaders' university scholarships, the four-year partnership will see the Crusaders bearing Infor's logo on their jerseys, as well as marketing and brand visibility.
"Infor's partnership with local businesses and communities extends to world-class, leading New Zealand brands. Customers such as ANZCO Foods and AW Fraser rely on Infor's enterprise software solutions to help them stay ahead of the game and be champions in their fields," Jo-Anne added.
Chief Executive Officer of the Crusaders, Hamish Riach, is excited to welcome Infor into the Crusaders' family of partners.
"This is a major new partnership for the Crusaders and one we are very excited about. Infor is a significant global company with an excellent reputation in the business community. While Infor is a global brand, it has a strong presence locally and this partnership is evidence of its dedication to this region and its understanding of the challenges that the business community here continues to face.
"There are a number of synergies between Infor and the Crusaders, including a commitment to innovation, a proud history of success and the aim of being a leading force in our respective fields. Our team will be proud to wear the Infor brand in 2015."
The Crusader's commitment to being the best, yet always striving to do better, parallels Infor's value proposition. Infor is an innovative and customer-centric player in the enterprise software space. By designing beautiful business applications with proven functionalities, Infor helps to deliver results for numerous industries around the globe.
New Zealand offers vast opportunities for Asia Pacific and global companies to set up manufacturing and distribution operations in the country. With a well-developed infrastructure and supportive business environment, New Zealand plays a key role in helping achieve Infor's long-term growth in the Pacific and globally.
"Just as athletes strive to win the game, we strive to be victorious in helping customers build better enterprises by providing them with beautiful, purpose-built business applications. Infor CloudSuite for example, has deep industry functionalities and a flexible, subscription-based delivery model that significantly reduces upfront IT expenditure," Tim Moylan, President, Infor Asia Pacific Japan & Middle East, said. "In a high-performance corporate culture such as ours, teamwork and a constant pursuit of excellence is key to winning -- a trait we recognize is shared by the Crusaders and our customers."
The partnership deal is effective from 2015 and is the start of an exciting and momentous chapter in the continuing evolution and success of Infor and the Crusaders.
About The Crusaders
The Crusaders are the world's most successful non-international professional rugby team. In 19 years of Super Rugby, the Crusaders have won 7 titles, been finalists 11 times and semi-finalists in 16 of the past 17 years. In fact, the Crusaders are the only Super Rugby team to have completed a whole season undefeated, a truly remarkable record against some of the best provincial teams in the world. Currently 11 of the Crusaders' players also hold the revered position representing New Zealand in the formidable All Blacks, the current World Champions. Over the years, the Crusaders have captured the hearts and minds of the rugby loving public, not just in New Zealand but also across the 45 countries that currently broadcast Super Rugby games. Leaving nothing to chance, by ensuring attention to detail, courage under fire, innovation and risk taking, the Crusaders are a team to watch.
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