Construction giant Balfour Beatty has selected Fujitsu to help it roll out a huge implementation of Microsoft’s Exchange 2013 suite of tools, including Lync.
The rollout will see the firm replace 14 existing email platforms in use across the organisation – a result of numerous acquisitions over the past 20 years – which were starting to hamper staff's ability to communicate easily.
CIO of Balfour Beatty’s Services Division Danny Reeves told V3 that the organisation needed to become more efficient, so it made a move to bring in a single set of tools.
“We are a global business and we have grown a lot through acquisition, which resulted in a very federated organisation. While this worked well for some time, the nature of the global economy and competitive markets means we had to find a way to benefit more from our huge expertise around the world,” he said.
As such, a tender was put out and four potential candidates were chosen to help implement the Microsoft tools, with Fujitsu picked out of those four.
“We wanted to work with an IT provider and innovator that can bring a level of investment and understanding that we can’t do ourselves, and we felt the knowledge Fujitsu had was ideal for that,” he added.
The firm will now help Balfour Beatty implement the use of Microsoft's tools for 14,000 UK employees across 900 sites.
Microsoft’s suite of tools was chosen because of the fact the company is already heavily embedded in the firm’s tools, and it would be easiest for employees to get up to speed with.
Balfour Beatty is already working with Fujitsu on a wider IT estate reduction programme, which Reeves told V3 is way ahead of schedule.
Plans to reduce its server estate from 1,500 to 750 have now already reached 500, while it has also managed to standardise its operating system use to just Windows 7.
Perhaps most notably, an application list that covered a whopping 5,500 applications, has now been reduced to a master application list of just 450.
Reeves said reducing this estate and putting a common collaboration set of tools in use across the organisation would help the firm move forward.
“IT is seen as adaptable now so any decision to standardise is perhaps not seen as making use of disruptive technology, but from our point of view, you need to get a strong foundation to launch from,” he said.
The deal is another notable win for Fujitsu, which recently touted work to help Halfords upgrade its IT estate and move away from Windows XP. Meanwhile for Microsoft, the deal comes hot on the heels of science organisation Cern revealing it is using the firm's Lync tool too.
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