Securicor is rolling out secure internet and intranet software to improve global brand consistency and information quality as part of a global strategy to centralise web operations.
The software will cut paper, web site hosting and management costs, saving the company about £500,000 annually.
And despite it being centralised, hosted at Securicor?s headquarters in Croydon, the system allows each country to develop its own web presence within defined company rules.
Previously, the company had a number of uncoordinated satellite sites without a common look and feel, leading to duplicated activity and additional management overheads.
"Non-technical business staff around the world have full management of the website without IT intervention," said Securicor Group chief executive Nick Buckles.
"This means we can present up-to-date and accurate information whilst maintaining a consistent look and feel."
The time invested up-front in developing a functional specification has paid huge dividends, added Buckles, delivering a cost-effective and unified web presence for the future.
The software is being rolled out by Ixos, which won the contract in early 2003, following competition between three short-listed companies. Securicor subjected them to a series of five usability sessions with people dialling-in securely from around the world to edit web-site content.
Ixos UK managing director Nick Ellis told VNU News Centre that security was a key criteria because the intranet included full directory information about security guards and their availability.
"When we had finished building the site, which took about three months, Securicor employed professional hackers who tried to get into the intranet but didn't," he said.
These hackers continue to be employed to try and crack the site at a random time each week.
Ixos provided the software and some business scenarios, with UK company Digits Industries creating the software CD now supplied to the global branches.
Full roll out of Ixos-Obtree C4 enterprise content management software is expected to be completed by July. Securicor employs 100,000 people in 50 countries and has some 130,000 customers.
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