Land Rover and Jaguar are both part of Ford’s Premier Automotive Group (PAG), which also includes Aston Martin and Volvo. The US carmaker Ford bought Jaguar in 1989 for £1.6bn and followed that up by buying the formerly BMW owned Land Rover in 2000 for £1.8 billion.

Michael Ali, CIO of Jaguar and Land Rover, says priorities for the IT organisation are to support and drive business transformation, increase IT efficiency and work with the rest of the region to encourage collaborative working and shared efficiencies. The company wants to focus on “areas like supply chains, where improvements can make a massive difference. Ensuring we use best practise in the product creation process from concept to design takes time and effort. Cutting development cycles from three years to 24 months or less can have a huge effect on the business.”

Collaborative technologies, mobile technologies, ITIL and web services will also be engaging Ali in the year ahead. “We already use collaborative technologies like e-rooms and so on, but want to reduce travel as much as possible. Working collaboratively is much more efficient and we want to use it to reduce the email dragon as well,” he says. “I see our deployment of ITIL as leading edge as it will allow us to continue to streamline product lifecycle management and we will be speeding up some mainframe legacy applications so that they
are available as web services.”