Professional engineering and related consultancy services company Beca Group, which employs some 1750 staff in New Zealand and another 900 overseas, offers services that cover engineering, planning, project management, architecture, GIS and surveying, cost estimating, asset management and valuations.
IT investments are evaluated carefully to determine value for money and their potential contribution to the business. ICT budgets for 2012 are similar to last year but projects have decreased by more than 10 per cent. Over the coming year, IT will be used to enable “cost reduction and cost containment; improve collaboration capability and improve client intimacy”, says CIO Robin Johansen.
The firm has, for example, used standardised infrastructure to reduce cost, by employing the same networking technology across multiple regional offices, thereby keeping skills costs down.
Andy Shields, group IT manager for Beca, told CIO NZ in February that the “main benefit of standardising network IT was to give the company the ability to transfer knowledge and skills learned from previous deployments,” saving Beca money in the long term. The project has continued from a Brocade networking standardisation project which was started a few years ago.
Mobility and cloud computing remain key areas of focus for Beca, while a project dedicated to the evolution of collaboration tools is currently underway. Continued expansion of disaster recovery capabilities is top of mind, as Beca has undergone recovery and gained significant practical experience both in Christchurch, following the earthquakes in 2010/11 and in Queensland, following last year’s floods.