Babcock International Group is a British company that specialises in the management and provision of assets and infrastructure to organisations like the Ministry of Defence and Network Rail. It provides buildings and specialist machinery for safety and mission-critical environments. As a result the public sector is its largest customer base, but it does have commercial customers too. Babcock has expanded to offer its services in Africa, the US and Australia and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
IT Leader: Simon Parker, CIO
In role since: 2009
Reporting line: Reports to the group finance director- Bill Tame
Board level seat: No
IT budget: About two per cent of revenues
IT estate and or number of log on accounts under the control of the IT leader: 20,000 log in’s
Level of the workforce that relies on technology to carry out their tasks: 75 per cent
IT staff currently employed: 650
Split between in-house/outsourced staff: All in-house apart from maybe 20
IT management team and reporting structure: CTO, a head of service delivery, a head of solutions and program management and a head of procurement and finance.
Primary technology platforms at the organisation: Microsoft Windows, ERP by IFS, also use ISS systems and autoCAD
Primary technology suppliers: Microsoft, Oracle, Cable and Wireless
Significant strategic technology deals been struck in the last 12 months: Have new WAN and data storage deals with Cable and Wireless
Strategic aim of the CIO and IT operations for the next financial year: Babcock are in the middle of a major IT transformation of the organisation of the IT
Technologies considered by the leader to offer their organisation potential: New platform is based on virtualisation, 40 per cent of the workforce use a restrictive or higher classification system.
Future transformation and technology vision for the organisation: It can enable continued growth and to processes and business enhancement.