Engineering and construction consultancy WS Atkins demonstrated strong business alignment today as Ed Wallis, the group’s chairman announced the groups trading statement. In a recent interview with CIO Lesley Hume WS Atkins IS director outlined how the IS department strategy aligns with the strategy of Lesley entire group.

“We have seen continued improvements in our Rail business, further rapid growth in the Middle East and, as expected, a recovery in our Management Consultants business in the first half of the year, Wallis told the annual general meeting of the British company. Wallis said the company continued to expand in the Middle East as well as major projects in the UK, including being a preferred bidder for an M25 widening scheme. Wallis also said that as organisations looked to lower their impact on the environment the building projects were becoming increasingly complex.

Talking to CIO for the forthcoming CIO 100 Hume said the IS department has devised a ‘Removing Boundaries’ strategy to enable WS Atkins staff to use mobile technology more efficiently, central to this strategy will be the ability for staff to collaborate. WS Atkins is also decentralising and creating more local offices, which the IS team is involved in. However administrative functions such as invoice and expenses claims applications have now been centralised on to an Oracle Imaging and Process Management system.

To support greater collaboration and remote working Hume’s department is standardising its core IT infrastructure and introduced a hosted recruitment system from specialist StepStone.

WS Atkins is Great Britain’s largest engineering consultancy and is involved in buildings, rail and road design and construction projects.