This article first appeared in the Autumn 2016 issue of The Record.
Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch is a global engineering, consulting and construction company that primarily specialises in building critical human infrastructure for the energy, water and telecommunications sectors. Owned by its employees, the company has more than 100 offices worldwide and works on up to 7,000 active projects across the globe.
The company contracted Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to replace its expensive on-premise Exchange Messaging solution with Microsoft’s Office 365 productivity suite. HPE also rolled out Microsoft’s scalable enterprise communciation and collaboration platform – and accompanying services such as Skype for Business and OneDrive – to more than 13,000 users that make up Black & Veatch’s global workforce.
Black & Veatch recently secured a new project in Asia that requires collaboration between seven offices in different locations around the world. “The partnership between Microsoft and HPE gives us the confidence to go after this type of work,” says Dan Kieny, CIO of Black & Veatch. “They have certified environments where we put our data and it’s much more secure than we can provide. Without this great partnership and the technology to deliver that, we can’t even bid on that type of work, let alone deliver it at scale.”
HPE also helped Black & Veatch to move its customer relationship management system online and build data lakes with Microsoft Power BI. Last year, HPE helped Black & Veatch to migrate its engineering design workloads to the cloud.
“This will give us a competitive advantage in the market and it aligns with our strategic intent of growing globally,” Kieny says. “We will double in revenue by 2020 and as 66% of our growth is outside the US, we have to have partners that can match our footprint, can deliver at speed, and can bring us platform expertise that supports our strategic intent. From the simple workloads that we can put in the cloud, to our most complex enterprise mission-critical applications, it’s imperative that we have great technology from great partners and we certainly get that with HPE and Microsoft.”
Kieny predicts that around US$40 trillion globally will need to be invested in critical infrastructure for energy, water and telecommunications projects over the next 30 years. “Black & Veatch is uniquely qualified to do that, but it’s bigger than Black & Veatch and we can’t do it alone,” he says. “We’ll lead and do our part but we need strong partners to deliver these solutions to communities around the world as we continue building a world of difference.”
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