Xceed Group supports RFIB with implementation of IaaS model

24 August 2016 Consultancy.uk

Xceed Group, a London-based IT management consultancy, has helped RFIB Group with the selection of an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model to support the firm’s future growth plans.

RFIB is a Lloyd’s insurance broker with a global presence, which, according to the firm’s strategy, aims for “significant growth over the coming years” – to be realised through a combination of expansion within existing markets and acquisitions. To facilitate the ambitions, RFIB recently launched a technology transition programme aimed at bolstering the efficiency and scalability of its IT infrastructure. 

One of the projects consisted of implementing a fully managed support solution that can handle growth without disruption to service whilst also reducing IT security risk. RFIB commissioned Xceed Group to manage the transition to an IaaS model. The London-based IT consulting firm* assessed RFIB’s IT estate and ran the selection process for suitable IaaS providers. In addition, Xceed Group was asked to stabilise RFIB’s existing IT operations and design a target operating model that would provide the necessary business focus and reduce the complexity of managing multiple suppliers.

During the six-month project, Xceed Group transformed RFIB’s IT management to a service -focused model, where IT support could be migrated to a service provider. Xceed Group advised on the process of migrating IT services to the new supplier and introduced change management processes to mitigate potential risks ensuring the transition would run smoothly.

Xceed Group supports RFIB with implementation of IaaS model

“Xceed Group worked closely with us to analyse our business and technology platforms and make improvements to the stability of our environment,” comments Paul Smith, CIO of RFIB. “With a clear understanding of the landscape gained from its analysis, Xceed Group developed an RFI which was distributed to a number of potential suppliers.”

The suppliers were assessed for technical competence, understanding of RFIB’s target operating models, the ability to provide a transparent and affordable cost structure, and for cultural fit. Three final prospective suppliers were issued with comprehensive RFPs, and were scored before being interviewed by the joint project team. Following commercial negotiations, RFIB chose IT Lab as its IaaS provider. 

“The project was completed within the six-month timeframe and on completion, RFIB was in an optimal position to run its migration and support its anticipated business growth”, reflects John Casserly, CEO of Xceed Group.

Smith adds: “Thanks to the project we are in a great position to migrate to a secure, scalable and flexible IaaS model that will support our business as it grows. Most importantly, the initiative has improved overall employee satisfaction with the IT function, aligning current team roles with our future business direction.”

On the back of the successful delivery, RFIB has continued its collaboration with Xceed Group – consultants from the firm are currently working on a new project to upgrade one of the firm’s core business applications.

* Xceed Group has further offices in Edinburgh, Dublin and New York.

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Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

24 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines has confirmed a five-year contract with Capgemini to take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services in the UK. The deal will help BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines reduce the cost of IT from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

Since the firm’s UK profits were found to have halved in 2018, Capgemini has been working to improve its offering and attract new clients. In the summer, the global IT services consultancy combined a number of its creative wings to form Capgemini Invent, while a deal with Amazon Web Services enabled the firm to improve its cost-saving digital offering to clients looking for IT outsourcing work.

In the last year, Capgemini has subsequently won a series of contracts leveraging its IT delivery services on behalf of a variety of entities. The firm partnered with Statoil to deliver digital innovation across the company, as well as taking a role to innovate the fan experience of the Rugby World Cup 7s tournament, and replacing Atos as the IT services provider of McDonald’s

Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

Now, the firm has continued this surge of new business with the confirmation of a partnership with BAE Systems, which will see Capgemini collaborate on a key defence contract. Capgemini’s five-year contract with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines will see Capgemini take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services for the BAE wing in the UK, including service orchestration, networking, hosting, end-user computing, DevOps, reporting and analytics, automation, and a digital service desk.

BAE Systems has been looking to improve its bottom line in the UK in recent years, and the move is aimed at transforming its Maritime-Submarines business IT delivery, allowing the company to take advantage of innovative digital technologies, create better user experiences, ensure high service availability, and reduce the cost of IT, from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. Capgemini’s IT solution was selected because of its ability to support the company’s evolving requirements, including the need to further enhance the responsiveness of the IT service, and effectiveness and agility of the delivery model.

Stephen Cole, CIO, BAE Systems Submarines, said, “As we embarked on this critical programme for our Submarines business that will deliver improved agile digital services, world-class service transformation and orchestration capabilities underpinned by very strong references were essential in our selection process. We are confident that Capgemini met these requirements and is the right partner for us. The team really understands where we are trying to get to as a business and its collaborative approach alongside its commitment to developing skills in the local area were paramount to our decision.”

Paul Margetts, Managing Director, UK Business Unit at Capgemini, added, “We are delighted to expand upon our business relationship with BAE Systems. Having worked with the company over the past four years, we have seen the tremendous opportunities for change that this programme presents and are hugely excited to be part of the journey at BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines, to help the company make a step change and satisfy new business requirements. We also look forward to increasing our involvement with the local North West community and Barrow in particular.”