Engineering and utilities service provider Amey has signed a seven year application development and management deal with systems integrator CSC.

CIO Darryl Salmons said in a statement: “To support our growth agenda we were looking for a partner that could provide us with a leveraged set of capabilities and an innovative approach that would provide the flexibility we need today and into the future.”

In a statement CSC saud the seven year deal was worth $87 million and will include the management of the Amey SAP estate.

Amey is part of the Ferrovial organisation, which also owns BAA the operators of Heathrow airport in London that is desperately lobbying the government to expand the airport. Major customers for Amey include Network Rail and French nuclear energy firm EDF, who Amey provide metering services to.

CIO Salmons is member of the Amey Executive and since joining as CIO in January 2013  Salmons has recruited four IT Directors.  Each IT Director has responsibility for the relationship with one of Amey's business divisions.  

“This new model has resulted in a far better understanding of the demand from the business divisions and the needs of their particular customers - be that Network Rail, United Utilities, Birmingham City Council, the Ministry of Defence or any of Amey's other varied customers., Salmons told CIO UK.

“Additionally, across Amey a system of Key Account Management is in place to focus on the overall service Amey delivers to specific customers.  IT play a key role in this way of working through early engagement with customers to understand their technology needs and also to influence and advise of the solutions available.  Through working closely together in this way Amey are ensuring that the benefit to the customers and the organisation is maximised.”