How to merge IT after a takeover, save money and get better IT

Tuesday 17 April 2012

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

6.00pm for 6.30pm start


Centrica has bought a lot of companies in the last few years, particularly in the USA. A major problem in acquisitions and mergers is what to do with the investment in IT. Centrica teamed with HP to tackle this as the growth of the company was dependent on ensuring the companies absorbed swapped over to the Centrica way of doing things.

This led to a fascinating business plan for dealing with IT that HP has delivered to other multi-national companies and which they themselves used when they bought EDS. Come and listen to David Bickerton tell you how it is done by HP. A sustainable approach or a ruthless one or is it both?

David Bickerton, Vice President EMEA ITO Portfolio, Enterprise Services, Hewlett-Packard

David Bickerton is Vice President of the Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing (ITO) Portfolio in HP’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

In his role Bickerton drives ITO go-to-market portfolio growth activities across EMEA, with a specific focus on emerging Strategic Enterprise Services growth. He is responsible for EMEA ITO profitability, ITO portfolio strategy and related execution and offering readiness - through sales, marketing and delivery. As such he works closely with the extended EMEA ITO leadership team.

Before joining HP, in January 2012, he was Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Centrica Group, a £30 billion ($47 b) integrated energy company based in the UK.

As Centrica CIO, Bickerton was responsible for around 2,300 staff and had end-to-end responsibility for all IS services across the group’s UK businesses, he managed major contracts with HP, Fujitsu, C&W, Vodafone and TSL.

His strong career track record at Centrica - encompassing roles in general, commercial and contract management, developed in supplier and client organisations - equipped him to drive the most complex IT-enabled transformations for his company.

Bickerton has particular expertise working with SAP at all levels over the past seven years. He oversaw the completion of one of the largest SAP utilities environments in the world, enabling Centrica to deliver higher levels of customer service. He also pioneered introduction of an enterprise private cloud at Centrica.

Prior to joining Centrica he was a General Manager with Fujitsu.

Presentation - David Bickerton and David Counsell (PDF)