Camwood selected by Babcock International for Windows 7 migration

Wins contract to deliver application migration programme for smooth platform transition LONDON: 18 January 2011 – Camwood Limited, the UK-based specialists in application logistics, today announced that it has been awarded a 12 month contract by Babcock International Group PLC to deliver an application transformation programme, rationalising and categorising Babcock’s application portfolio in readiness of a Windows 7 platform migration. The programme will utilise Camwood’s professional services and tools, including the award-winning AppTitude application compatibility software from App-DNA. The application transformation programme is part of a wider IT transformation programme. Camwood CEO, Frank Foxall, said: “I am delighted that our expertise will play a big part in this Babcock project to help them prepare their application estate for a smooth transition to Windows 7. Experience shows us that by following our Application Migration Intelligence approach, it can drive down costs and project timescales by as much as 60-80%.”

Notes to Editors

About Camwood Camwood helps large enterprises minimise the disruption and cost of major application migrations and platform changes. We call our approach Enlightened Migration™ and it is changing the way enterprises manage and migrate their application portfolios. It is all about faster migrations and change programs, lower support and migration costs and the smallest possible impact on users and the business. Camwood has over ten years’ experience in Application Logistics, including application migration, rationalisation & virtualisation for some of the world’s largest application estates. Our unique combination of expertise, software and methodology make us the preferred migration partners for the world’s largest enterprises – including Vodafone, Tube Lines, AMEC, Santander, RBS, Morgan Stanley, Sainsburys, Lloyds TSB, BAE Systems and HMRC. Babcock International Group Babcock International Group PLC is the UK’s leading engineering support services organisation with an order book in excess of £12 billion. Our 27,000 staff across the globe build, manage, operate and maintain assets that are vital to the delivery of many key public services, both in the UK and overseas. Defence, energy, telecommunications, transport and education are all sectors where Babcock can be found working diligently behind the scenes, delivering critical support.  We take great pride in the considerable depth and breadth of our people’s expertise. We believe our market-leading reputation gives assurance that Babcock is a partner who can be trusted to deliverTM.

Are your apps being off shored?

How can you be assured that your applications don’t end up off-shore? Are you putting your client at risk by choosing a supplier that has on and off-shore capability?  In short, unless you only have on-shore facilities only and do not partner with off-shore SI’s and you’re offered a managed service – you never know. At Camwood, we’re investing in the UK only, see our recent press release.

Application Logistics head North with Camwood

Camwood Limited, the UK-based leaders in Application Migrations today announced that it has launched a state of the art application logistics facility in the North of England to meet unprecedented demand for Windows 7 and application virtualisation projects. The Manchester-based facility was opened on 6th December and is dedicated to supporting clients both in the UK and overseas. With ever increasing concerns over the quality of off-shoring of application packaging and virtualisation, Camwood has noticed an increased demand for high quality application engineering delivered on shore in the UK. In line with the UK’s recent surge of investment outside of London, Manchester was selected. The Salford-based facility, known as Waters Edge, provides Camwood with the ability to scale effectively to meet customer needs and facilitates flexible working for staff.  Frank Foxall, CEO of Camwood commented: “The vast majority of our customer base insists upon a UK facility and they all require the highest levels of security. In fact, in a recent customer survey that we carried out, 100% of our customers said having the flexibility of a local on shore facility provided by Camwood would add additional benefits to project delivery.” He continued: “Plus, contrary to popular belief, we found that there were no significant savings to be made through offshoring, when you consider the impact on the quality of the finished applications. Our Manchester facility will be the UK’s most efficient, dedicated application engineering centre and is fully functional only one month after agreeing the location.” Due to its rapid growth, Camwood is also relocating its Head Office to larger premises in the City of London in January. Complementing the London base, the three-floor Manchester facility is set to provide additional employment to the North West and will provide an improved platform for selling to companies in the North of England.  Tim Newns, Deputy Chief Executive of Manchester’s investment and development agency, MIDAS, commented: “This is great news for Salford and will create a number of high tech and high value roles which can only increase if successful. With a strong reputation in London and the US, Camwood is an important new addition to Greater Manchester’s well-established IT supply chain and will be well served by the IT expertise that exists in the region’s labour market and universities.” Councillor John Merry CBE, Leader of Salford City Council, said: “Camwood is the latest of a growing number of multinational companies choosing Salford as a base for its business, recognising the top quality facilities we have on offer in the city. Merry added: “The jobs the company will bring to Salford will support the local economy, while the University of Salford is on hand to produce Camwood’s employees of the future. I’m sure the company will flourish amid the hub of creative industries setting up home on Salford Quays.” Camwood is the industry leader in Application Logistics, actively reducing the disruption associated with application migration and platform changes. Partnering with large enterprises such as Santander and BAE Systems, Camwood brings together expertise, technology and processes to accelerate and automate the most complex of migrations.

How not to waste £15m on an RFP

With the recent England 2018 World Cup bid result, it brought to mind how you also have to examine the winning chance that you actually have. Its quite apparent that with Russia and Qatar, FIFA wanted to award the events to an emerging / new market. As a company that regularly receives rfp’s we have to be very selective and the key decision-point is to get the relationship right.  If you can’t get to the key decision maker and look them in the eye, how do you know if you’re just making up the numbers.  We have a great phrase in Camwood  “something doesn’t smell right”.  Its not based on something you can physically see or touch but you know that something doesn’t stack up.  How do you get past this? Easy – if you have the right relationship, you can have the conversation – if you don’t have the relationship, then walk away with your head held high.  You’re just making up the numbers and your winning chance is as likely as taking a donkey off Blackpool beach and winning the Grand National. I wonder if the England team actually qualify this bid correctly? Did they let the multi-billion prize cloud their judgement?  Ignoring the press that will end-up getting blamed, the fact is 20 out of 22 didn’t want England to win.

Cloud computing could slash data center energy use by over one-third

Interesting research carried out by Pike Research stating that the energy efficiency benefits of cloud computing are substantial, and growth in the market will have important implications for both energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts that the adoption of cloud computing will lead to a 38% reduction in worldwide data center energy expenditures by 2020, compared to a business as usual (BAU) scenario for data center capacity growth.