Kier Group

Cloud migration and hyper-connectivity plans to streamline estate

It’s a packed agenda for the construction giant, which has a number of major IT projects in the pipeline for 2019.

Cloud migration: We’ve been advised that a long-awaited migration to the cloud is top of the agenda for 2019, with the business most likely to adopt a hybrid model using ADA, Azure and AWS. It will also look to invest in SaaS solutions and is interested in Office 365 as a starting point here. The business does already make some use of the cloud, having migrated several datacentres to improve security, efficiency and resilience.

Hyper connectivity: Kier’s interested in hyper connectivity to improve communication between sites and we believe it to be exploring SD-WAN and remote connectivity solutions. Over the past two years the company has been undertaking a large-scale infrastructure upgrade, investing £70m in its back-office systems in 2017 and rolling out an Oracle ERP. This year it launched an efficiency and streamlining programme, offloading non-core operations and consolidating twelve datacentres down to two. It’s naturally important for the company that intelligent investment is made to create a streamlined and future-proofed estate in its bid to avoid suffering the same fate as former rival Carillion, which went into liquidation earlier this year

Cyber security: As it continues to expand and form new partnerships we think the group will invest in defence, detection and response to ensure its approach to cyber security does not remain stagnant and it maintains its record of avoiding a cyber-attack or data breach. The company currently uses MSE5 security software and receives training materials from a specialist security communications company to ensure it keeps abreast of the latest threats and next-gen solutions.

Additionally, the company is developing automation solutions to increase the efficiency of its operations and has been exploring innovative technologies, including AI and machine learning, as part of a two-year programme to transform the business. The upgrades to its infrastructure are helping in this regard, for example it is now able to harness big data following the rollout of its ERP.

Revenue: £4.13bn

Financial year end: June 30th

IT suppliers: Oracle, SCC, Microsoft

New appointments this year:

Head of IT & Business Improvement – Bev Sanford

Other key contacts:

CIO – Duncan Stott

CISO – Jim Griffiths