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Advanced project shortlisted for ‘Best Use of Cloud’
Press //30-09-2016

Advanced project shortlisted for ‘Best Use of Cloud’

by Mark Dewell, SVP > Education, Government and Social Housing

BCS and Computing’s annual UK IT Industry Awards 2016 in Project Excellence

In partnership with its customer Tideway, Advanced has been shortlisted for the BCS and Computing’s annual UK IT Industry Awards 2016 in Project Excellence, in the category of ‘Best Use of Cloud’.

The partnership between Tideway and Advanced began when Tideway chose Advanced's cloud solution to manage the IT infrastructure underpinning Thames Tideway Tunnel. The £4.2 billion, 25 kilometre 'super sewer' is the largest construction project ever undertaken by the UK water industry and will help tackle the 39 million tonnes of untreated sewage historically discharged into the tidal Thames in an average year. Advanced now provides a portfolio of 24/7 mission-critical managed services across all core business applications as well as service desk and cloud hosting, including associated mobile and tablet devices.

Not only has the project been completed on time and within budget, Tideway is already benefitting from the implementation of both the Advanced platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment as well as a full desktop-as-a-service roll-out to over 400 end users to drive project excellence.

Robin Johns, Head of IS at Tideway, explains:

“This award shortlist is recognition of the strong partnership we have developed with Advanced and the success already achieved. It goes without saying that we need secure and cost-effective managed services. Advanced stood out as being a respected supplier who understood all of our requirements and could deliver best value. We are already achieving significant savings and we have positively transformed how we work to increase staff productivity.”

Neil Cross, Managing Director of IT Services, Advanced said: “We’re extremely proud of the work we’ve achieved together with Tideway, taking what was an extremely complex project and making it simple and successful. Not only has it helped to deliver an improved managed service for Tideway, it has also helped to provide an enhanced support capability. Being shortlisted for this award is an accolade to the achievements of the two teams.”

Robin concludes, “This common-sense approach to IT services is crucial to drive value for our stakeholders and allow us to focus on construction. There is an increasing number of “pop-up” businesses like ourselves in the infrastructure and major capital projects space. Our partnership with Advanced is a leading example of how to accelerate the set-up of “pop-up” businesses and enable the flexibility to expand and contract rapidly, while reducing costs and managing the impact on stakeholders.”

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Mark Dewell

Mark Dewell


SVP > Education, Government and Social Housing

Mark brings a track record of success in senior leadership positions in the software sector. Mark is renowned for ensuring customers benefit from connected technology solutions.

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