Ferrovial has chosen IBM (NYSE: IBM) as its technological partner for creating a Fixed Asset Management Centre of Excellence. The Centers goal is to enhance Ferrovial's efficiency by implementing common processes in the group's various companies. The objectives of the Center of Excellence include:
- Designing more efficient, common processes for Ferrovial companies. This will require implementing best practices to simplify and standardize each company's processes.
- Creating tools to develop shared applications that expedite implementation.
- Encouraging cooperation and exchange of expertise between Ferrovial companies. To this end, the Center will establish communication guidelines and a standard training plan for all group companies.
- Creating a global platform from which all of the company's strategic assets can be assessed and managed.
Ferrovial has hired IBM to provide consulting services in creating the Centre, which will include defining the Centers primary objectives, establishing a functional model and deciding the most appropriate technology (hardware and software). Specifically, the IBM Tivoli Maximo solution allows assets to be managed on a single unified platform. In the project to create the Center of Excellence, Ferrovial will count on the support of other partners such as Amey Consulting, a UK services company owned by Ferrovial Servicios.
Federico Flórez, CIO of Ferrovial, commented that "the new centre is another step in the company's efforts to innovate. This project will strengthen operations at Ferrovial's four businesses, which operate in 40 countries."
"Once again, IBM will work with Ferrovial on its commitment to innovation by creating a center that will indubitably be a strategic resource for boosting the Groups efficiency," said David Stewart, Vice President of IBM Global Business Services for Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel.