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GHK International

www.ghkint.com

Background

An international consultancy focused on providing advisory services for sustainable development to the developing world with an experienced staff of engineers, planners, economists, social development and environmental management specialists. Existing computer system included a 24 user network.

Projects

IT systems review.

Scale

3 sites (London, Birmingham & Hong Kong), 35 staff.

Scope of requirements

Finance & accounting, project management, CAD, knowledge databases, office productivity including e-mail.

Issues

Evolving systems - the existing systems had evolved on an ad-hoc basis without any reference to a clear and coherent plan.

Purchasing standardisation - no hardware or software standards, hence a wide range of hardware and application software had been acquired which did not allow for seamless integration. 

Under-utilised facilities - management perceived that the current IT systems were not being used to their full potential.

Restricted data sharing - an urgent requirement was to share information between users and offices, however because different hardware and software was being used a barrier to efficient and productive working existed.

Infrastructure standardisation - management needed assistance to determine the most appropriate computer systems infrastructure capable of supporting the existing and future business operations.

Integration and communication - management wished to integrate all aspects of the operations including communications between offices.

 

Summary

A thorough review and audit was undertaken involving interviews with a cross section of partners, managers and staff. The resulting review included a 30 step action plan for improvement.


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