John Doyle to build on a single IT infrastructure

Construction firm The John Doyle Group is putting its IT into a single infrastructure to support business growth.

The company expects to grow 10% a...

Construction firm The John Doyle Group is putting its IT into a single infrastructure to support business growth.

The company expects to grow 10% a year for the next five years.

The group's four construction-related divisions all had their own IT operations and policies with little integration as a result of the company's growth through acquisition.

"The key drivers are scalability, future proofing, and improved efficiency," said Rob Johnson, group chief executive at the company.

The company has outsourced its network management to Easynet to create an Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) wide area network to link all its permanent and temporary sites.

"We needed someone who could put that all together and maintain the links into it because it was beyond the capacity of our internal IT staff," said Johnson.

Easynet will also host the company's servers in a single, high security off-site environment to provide business continuity, disaster recovery and back-up services.

Both the network and server infrastructure that will use virtualisation to extend capacity, have been designed to meet growth estimates for at least five years.

Johnson said although operational costs will increase, the company expects payback within the five years through improved efficiency and increased productivity.

The migration to the MPLS network, integration of company applications and testing is due for completion by the end of the year.

"If we had merely upgraded our old systems, we would have been unprepared for growth and unable to use new technology to do all sorts of exciting things in future," said Johnson.




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