No matter where you are reading this article and whether it is in print or online, you are highly likely to be sitting near a piece of electrical equipment manufactured b ABB. Cables, switches, the transformers that allow your electric train to speed you to work as well as the robots used to build cars such as Jaguars are manufactured by ABB, the largest manufacturer of electrical parts and machinery. With customers in every country and a manufacturing presence across Europe it is a complex business. To reduce the complexity it recently completed the standardisation of its business processes and IT onto SAP. CIO of ABB UK and Ireland John Ellis-Braithwaite explained his role as simplifier of the ABB world in Britain.