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Working lives

Fintan Hanbury, 38, is an IT consultant for Bovis Lend Lease (Europe).

Route to job

My early schooling resulted in nine O levels, four A levels and an HND.

I later qualified as a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Association of Computing Machinery, British Computing Society, Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and the Institute of Quality Assurance (IQA). Bovis Lend Lease advertised through one of its IT partnering arrangements for a project manager to work on internally developed systems and support eBusiness initiatives. This position was advertised on the Internet at a couple of locations.

Having worked as an IT consultant and team leader for the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency for six years, I had skills in systems and software engineering. I was interviewed and got the job.

Expectations

I was concerned about the use of IT and how systems may be deployed on a building site yet provide suitable service for document/drawing management.

In addition the technology used to develop and maintain solutions was quite old.

I was concerned about the ability of the business to operate effectively with this legacy and how it may best overcome these issues and participate in global eBusiness activities.

The reality

Having arrived and reviewed the development efforts on the project control system (PCS) and cost control system (CCS), the business requested that I support a global PCS review which required the audit and review of systems deployed in Australia, UK and US. This task was expanded to consider the technical requirements for a global financial system and consideration of other business initiatives in eProcurement, together with the combination of scheduling, CAD and cost planning into 'integrated virtual design'.

This programme of work has led to reviewing more Web oriented solutions and removing the need for deployment of extensive IT infrastructure on sites. The best bits so far have been the opportunity to review the business processes, verify and validate these and then recommend solutions in IT terms that support and enforce these processes while accommodating global best practice initiatives. My concerns about the business's commitment to IT are proving to be unfounded.

Advice

Opportunities within Bovis Lend Lease's IT organisation are likely to expand with the global initiatives of the parent company - the business needs development, support and infrastructure skills for its existing and future projects.

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