Innovative IT partnership will strengthen knowledge sharing capabilities to boost end-to-end offering to clients
25 July 2013
Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces it is partnering with Fujitsu in a five- year, multi-million pound deal to transform its IT systems in the UK.
Fujitsu will be working with Balfour Beatty to establish a flexible and agile IT solution that can drive innovation and support its work across the UK operational areas of construction, engineering, utilities, facilities management and rail.
The move to standardise IT systems is a key part of Balfour Beatty’s aim to improve collaboration and knowledge sharing across all parts of the business, as it implements its strategic growth plan and looks to use that knowledge to provide clients with better advice and end-to-end solutions.
Balfour Beatty Chief Finance Officer Duncan Magrath said: “We want to be able to offer our clients smarter solutions where technology plays an ever greater part. Therefore I am delighted we will be working in partnership with Fujitsu, with its strong and innovative R&D sector. Not only can it support us in the delivery of our UK strategy, it can help us understand and adapt for our future needs.
“Across Balfour Beatty we have a knowledge and skill base which is second to none. Using IT to improve collaboration through shared platforms and networks will be key as we grow as a global infrastructure player and increasingly look for technological solutions, such as BIM.”
Richard Bull, Executive Director End User Services at Fujitsu UK & Ireland, commented: “The objective here is to create an agile and scalable IT environment that provides Balfour Beatty with the ability to flex according to its customers requirement - as well as helping to reduce IT costs. It is also giving Balfour Beatty the opportunity to truly innovate its business – and to future proof for developing trends. We are confident that we’ll achieve that – and are looking forward to a long and successful partnership with Balfour Beatty.”
As a complex organisation - with designers, planners, engineers, builders, managers, analysts and consultants across a multitude of locations - Balfour Beatty wanted a technology solution which would allow the business to flex according to clients’ needs, whilst being prepared for future advances in technology. The deal with Fujitsu will initially provide Balfour Beatty with a responsive IT structure which can deal with huge amounts of asset data required and collected for major infrastructure projects.
Consolidated and rationalised data centres will be provided by Fujitsu and new computer equipment and a standardised desktop and applications portfolio will be introduced for around 14,000 users across 450 permanent and 600 temporary sites in the UK, enabling easier collaboration and information sharing across all the businesses.
Fujitsu was selected by Balfour Beatty for its proven track record for delivering projects of a similar large scale, for its experience working with public sector focused organisations and for its global reach and scale.
Representatives from Balfour Beatty and Fujitsu are available for interview upon request.
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Balfour Beatty Services
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About Balfour Beatty
Balfour Beatty (www.balfourbeatty.com) is an international infrastructure group that delivers world class services essential to the development, creation and care of infrastructure assets; from finance and development, through design and project management to construction and maintenance.
Our businesses draw on more than 100 years of experience to deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise to our clients principally in the UK, the US, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. We continue to develop our business in key growth markets in South Africa, Australia, Canada, Brazil and India. With proven expertise in delivering infrastructure critical to support communities and society today and in the future, our key market sectors include transportation (roads, rail and aviation), power and energy, mining, water and social infrastructure such as hospitals and schools.
Balfour Beatty employs 50,000 people around the world.
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.4 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.
Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing over 10,100 people with an annual revenue of £1.6 billion. Additionally, Fujitsu’s other operations in the UK bring its total employee numbers to over 14,000 and its total revenues to £1.8 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see:http://uk.fujitsu.com