The BBC is rolling out a project to provide a new IT interoperability infrastructure with its IT services provider, Siemens Business Services.
Siemens signed a 10-year, £2bn IT outsourcing deal with the BBC in October 2004.
As part of the “Digital Fabric” programme, Siemens is analysing the BBC’s top 200 applications and introducing an enterprise architecture integration layer to allow legacy and future technologies to work together.
The programme will use IBM WebSphere to build a service-oriented architecture that can be tailored to the BBC’s needs and will allow interoperability between IT systems, reduce the number of applications and introduce standard middleware.
The IT overhaul is aimed at reducing costs and providing better service delivery, with BBC staff able to share information and technologies across all sites. The Digital Fabric programme will also establish a standard platform for future development.