Senior IS executive: Robin Johansen, chief information officer Reports to: Managing director, Beca Corporate Holdings
Size of IS shop: 32
Mobile PCs: 495
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
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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