Network and support costs will be cut

BP hopes to make substantial savings in networks, telecoms and IT support costs with its radical externalisation strategy.

BP hopes to make substantial savings in networks, telecoms and IT support costs with its radical externalisation strategy.

One area of cost reduction is likely to be the replacement of leased lines with broadband. "We know we can save money," said Paul Dorey, director of global security at BP. Thanks to broadband, he said, "we are able to have 70 people running off a single broadband connection, rather than a leased line".

He also believes there will be substantial savings on IT support costs. "We have lots of users on the road and we will save money if we can reduce the amount of support they need."

Dorey said that eventually users will be able to manage their own PCs. "It will be up to users to manage their own environment," he said. This approach is similar to how home users keep their PCs up-to-date with the latest antivirus and patch updates.

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