The following are brief examples of where Konvergent has successfully implemented and managed an AaaS construct.
Konvergent began working with Arup Technology in 2016. Since then, we have become a critical strategic supplier, building strong and enduring relationships along the way.
As a trusted partner, we provide expertise in many of the digital workstreams that are transforming the group. We also pioneered the use of an AaaS approach.
Currently, we are working on Arup's enterprise cloud strategy and their migration to Azure and Office 365. We are also providing ongoing support to their cloud migration programme by producing HLDs and options analysis.
The people systems transformation remains one of the largest projects currently in flight at Arup.
“Not only has Konvergent provided mission-critical strategic and programme experience, but they have also helped us mature our strategy and architecture capability as a pleasant and unexpected value add.”
Dai David CTO, Arup
City and Guilds contacted Konvergent for help with a pressing though not uncommon issue. Due to under-capacity in their architecture practice, some critical business programmes were slipping towards red. Their architecture practice was highly skilled but lacked the resources to cope with the demand.
City and Guilds is a not-for-profit organisation, so Konvergent’s AaaS model provided the best of both worlds: high quality in the correct quantity. As a result, Konvergent is now a trusted advisor to the organisation with key support given in Digital Workspace, SharePoint Architecture and Architecture Maturity.
We fixed their immediate needs and then, through our director of consulting, provided a series of services, including Architecture-as-as-Service and Chief Architect as a Service. This ensured that the excellent work started by the incumbent head of architecture could be successfully continued
Following their successful joint venture for the HS2 Rail link, it was only natural that Keir would continue their relationship with Konvergent. As a result, we continue to provide architecture support for the duration of the UK's largest infrastructure project.
Konvergent was originally tasked with providing supplier engagement, solution options and costing documents for the HS2 SMART construction. This has expanded to include:
• multiple ITT, vendor selection and assurance
• the design of repeatable integration architecture templates with ongoing production of HLDs
• option analysis documents.
As the programme has progressed, the reliance on the expertise and knowledge of the Konvergent team has increased with an ongoing AaaS model providing the plug in support required Following a meeting over coffee in Barcelona, Kier engaged Konvergent in a strategic mission to bring enterprise architecture to the boardroom.
Kier's board wanted to increase cross-selling between their businesses, reduce costs and increase operational efficiencies. However, they knew that this strategy would require a heavy lift in business and data architecture.
This would require new skills and an expansion of their role beyond technology assurance and solution architecture. Unfortunately, they did not have buy-in from their IT Leadership Team.
Due to the lack of maturity, we had to focus our efforts on simplicity of message in order to get the necessary traction.
As Keir’s Head of Architecture Richard Gray explained,
“By leveraging pre-prepared templates, and the deep experience of the assigned Architects, they (Konvergent) were able to offer a quick-launch capability for each engagement. I can't recommend the team highly enough, and we are looking forward to the ongoing engagement as we mature the architecture function within Kier.”
This work has led to Kier using Konvergent’s AaaS model for several projects across the facilities management domain.
Konvergent supported BT on a significant health and safety initiative for three years, using our AaaS model.
This was a classic example of using AaaS to its full potential. It was a critically important project that needed expert solution architecture support across data, application and infrastructure architecture However, it did not need or have the funding for a full-time architect. Also, the length of the programme did not require different skill sets.
The project initially started as an RFI/RFP programme. This included the deep dive technical and security assessment of the suppliers. Eventually, it became a cloud-based, fully mobile, pan BT solution adopted by the entire company.
Working for Close Brothers enabled Konvergent to demonstrate diverse solution architecture capability, along with an in-depth understanding of treasury functions.
They needed help driving their technology-enabled strategy and solutions. The organisation also needed guidance through the complex task of application suitability and governance assurance within the treasury domain.
They wanted us to deliver a new system that fitted an exact and complex set of technical architecture requirements, options analysis documents and HLDs.