29 Nov 2012 - By
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IBM to replace DIO legacy equipment

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded IBM a contract that will help it gain greater insight and intelligence in relation to its entire property portfolio. Using IBM’s smarter buildings software and services, DIO expects to reduce building operating costs and find ways to better utilise its existing real estate.

The MOD is one of the United Kingdom’s largest landowners, covering some 900 square miles and around 45,000 buildings, 55,000 houses and 135,000 Single Living bedspaces. It has real estate in Germany, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands, along with facilities in Norway, Poland, Kenya, Canada, Belize, Nepal and Oman. Charged with managing all of these physical assets and infrastructure, DIO’s goal is to drive greater efficiency and operations of these buildings to support an estates rationalisation program that will deliver significant efficiencies over the next decade and beyond.

DIO will use IBM technology to meet defence needs by replacing its outdated legacy IT environment and creating a new centralised information management system, allowing faster analysis and more informed decision-making to better manage its vast network of real estate.

The IBM TRIRIGA solution will provide an integrated property management solution comprising of software and consultancy services. This will give DIO central visibility of its extensive global property holdings and data on how efficiently they are being used. Geospatial mapping capability, created by business partner Esri UK limited, provides the real-time visualisation map that gives a complete scope of their infrastructure and assets.

The IBM solution will also enable processes to be streamlined across the MOD’s diverse organisation by linking with the systems used by DIO’s Next Generation Estate Contracts team. This will help to support an improved, more agile and strategic management of its estate.

The upgraded system will be launched in a number of capability releases through April 2014. These are based on analysis of future business needs, the current DIO technology landscape and engagement with industry through procurement.

Andrew Manley, DIO Chief Executive said:

“The award of this contract to IBM represents a major milestone in transforming the Defence Infrastructure Organisation since it will allow us to work smarter in providing a Defence estate, which meets military needs and supports our Armed Forces.

“IBM analytics technology helps us continue our work in creating a world-class infrastructure to put DIO at the leading edge of the technology transformation process happening right now across the MOD.”

Dave Bartlett, vice president, Smarter Physical Infrastructure, IBM said:

“Having the right data at the right time is essential for DIO. IBM’s analytics and smarter buildings software will help provide a new level of intelligence to how the MOD is managing its global real estate portfolio.”