Jaguar Land Rover is once again a single manufacturing business. The two makers of luxury cars, SUVs and military off-road vehicles were once British state owned as part of British Leyland, today they are single company, but owned by the Indian Tata Motors corporation which bought the two firms from US automotive maker Ford in 2008. Under Tata the company has expanded considerably and during the downturn been a manufacturing good story for the British economy as its financial basis crashed. In March 2011 it added 1500 staff to its Halewood factory, followed by an announcement in September 2011 that it was investing £355 million in a new engine factory in Wolverhampton and then in November 2011 it announced a 25 per cent increase in its workforce at its Solihull location. Sales of its Range Rover SUV remain globally strong and a new model was added the Range Rover Evoque in 2011.

IT Leader: Jeremy Vincent, CIO
Reporting line: Reports directly into CEO Dr Ralf Speth
Board level seat: Yes
IT budget:  £251million, £100million for operations, £151m for projects
IT estate and or number of log on accounts under the control of the IT leader: Around 16,400 accounts, to also support dealers and suppliers
Level of the workforce that relies on technology to carry out their tasks: 75 per cent
IT staff currently employed: 600
Split between in-house/outsourced staff: one third are in-house, two thirds are outsourced
IT management team and reporting structure: Seven direct reports: SAP Programme Director Dave Osmond; CTO Mike Bell; Project Portfolio Director Alex Rammal; Service Delivery Director david Barraclough; Business Relationship Director Nathan Summers; Asia Pacific IT Manager Andy Foster; North America IT Manager Simon Clark
Primary technology platforms at the organisation: Complex and bespoke architecture, legacy from the various owners of Jaguar and Land Rover – we are going through a number of major change programmes to harmonise our IT landscape – the major IT technology platforms used within JLR are:
PLM - Dassault (Ennovia and CAtia)
PLC - Siemens Team Centre
Corporate systems - SAP
Collaboration - Corporate Gmail

Primary technology suppliers:
SAP, IBM, TTL, Dassault
Significant strategic technology deals been struck in the last 12 months:
TML group wide licensing for SAP and Oracle.
IBM (including Bearing Point and Teradata) for a data warehousing and management information solution - SAP Business Objects and Teradata (Bollywood).
IBM for Websphere Message Broker Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) for data integration

Strategic aim of the CIO and IT operations for the next financial year:
Aim is to become a lean and business focused IT organisation which sits between the demand side (JLR business) and supply side (strategic partners) and is responsible for: managing IT strategy and innovation; managing IT demand and change; and delivering a best-in-class IT service.  

Key is supporting JLR's growth agenda through a number of business transformation programmes:

Turbo - core process transformation of OEM business enabled by SAP
eSMART - efficient, consistent NSC (National Sales Company) operations enabled by SAP
Bollywood - real-time management information
iPLM - product creation transformation
Cumulus - delivery the desktop any time, any place, any where
Single View CRM - in touch with our customers
Amsterdam - delivering a new level of IT service quality
Connected Car - delivering a connected customer experience to Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles

Technologies considered by the leader to offer their organisation potential:
Apple iPhone/iPad
Cisco Ironport / Nexus / Catalyst
Cisco Teleprescence
Dassault Systemes Enovia / Catia / Simula
Google Apps
IBM Mashup Engine
IBM WebSphere Message Broker
SAP Business Objects
VMWare vSphere

Future transformation and technology vision for the organisation:  
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Bring Your Own Device
Private / Public cloud adoption
Private Mobile App store (iOS)
Enterprise Social Networking
Desktop transformation
Social Intranet
Unified Comms

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