Beca Group

Beca Group

2007 ranking: 95

Senior IS executive: Robin Johansen, chief information officer Reports to: Managing director, Beca Corporate Holdings

Size of IS shop: 32

PCs: 1142

Mobile PCs: 495

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 0

Total screens: 1637

Industry: Business management and scientific services

PC environment: Windows Vista, 2000; Dell, HP

Server environment: Windows 2000, 2003; HP Intel-Based


Address: 132 Vincent Street, Auckland


Key IS projects this year: Document management; server

virtualisation; storage upgrade; workflow development.

GLOBALISATION CONTINUES TO be a key driver for engineering and

professional service consultancy Beca. Having started a virtualisation

project in 2007, the group anticipates a signifi cant expansion of its

virtualised footprint during 2008 as a means to reduce the carbon

footprint for the business and provide improved agility and disaster

recovery capability.

CIO Robin Johansen says the coming 12 months will see Beca

concentrating largely on a refresh of back office systems and software

— necessary to establish a platform for enhancing collaboration

systems for the business.

Video conferencing was one of the success stories for the Beca

Group during 2007 and Johansen says this capability will be expanded

signifi cantly during the coming year.

”The principal motivation for the expansion of video conferencing

is the reduction of the Group’s carbon footprint through reduced air

travel. Other benefi ts are improved collaboration. As Beca Group CEO

Richard Aitken commented recently: ‘Video conferencing is here to

stay’,” says Johansen.

WAN optimisation using Riverbed technology has also been successful

during 2007 and will be expanded during 2008 to include all New

Zealand offi ces and some selected offi ces offshore.

“This is particularly important to support our geographically

dispersed virtual project teams with adequate network performance.”

Data storage is high on the agenda with continued exponential

growth in demand for capacity. In part, this is attributable to the rapid

growth of 3D visualisation software and the proliferation of images,

video and GIS data. He says workfl ow tools have gained prominence

over the past year and are seen as having significant importance in the


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