Head of Strategy & Enterprise Architecture @
I currently lead a team of Enterprise Architects for Atkins, a large global consultancy group based out of the UK. I have 17 years’ experience delivering enterprise IT, and am confident in setting strategic direction, developing approaches and plans for delivery and leading technical and project teams. Technology has always interested me, particularly where it introduces capabilities
I currently lead a team of Enterprise Architects for Atkins, a large global consultancy group based out of the UK. I have 17 years’ experience delivering enterprise IT, and am confident in setting strategic direction, developing approaches and plans for delivery and leading technical and project teams. Technology has always interested me, particularly where it introduces capabilities that can make a practical difference to people and organisations, simplifying their lives and improving productivity.
In my role I lead a team of business and technology Enterprise Architects, focused at present on Atkins internal transformation programme. This One Atkins 2020 vision is transforming our use of technology to become a modern supplier of digital solutions, both for our own use and to market to our clients. At the moment my work is centred around the development of group wide Cloud and Mobility strategies and new agile ways of working.
I work just outside London, and live in West Sussex in the UK.
Project and task planning
Problem solving and decision making
Virtual desktop solutions
Operating System Deployment
Hardware, Operating System and Application Virtualisation
Active Directory and Group Policy Design
Microsoft Office 365
Mobile and Wireless technologies
Head of Strategy & Architecture @ Leading a team of Enterprise Architects, our role is to help establish a common understanding of Atkins' business goals and ensure we have the technology platforms in place to achieve them. From May 2015 to Present (8 months) London, United KingdomHead of Desktop and Application Services @ During 2013 I took on a secondary role heading up the team responsible for delivery of Atkins end user computing and application services. This carried a remit to transform and modernise these services to ensure that our people had the right tools for the job at hand. Key achievements in this time include:
- Establishing a 'choose your own' device approach for the provision of desktop, laptop and tablet computers, allowing our staff to select the devices most suited to their roles and workloads.
- Promoting a 'bring your own' approach to mobile devices, where in addition to corporately supplied iPhones staff were also able to use personally owned equipment. This was supported though mobile device management to ensure protection for Atkins information.
- Modernising the specification or Atkins 'standard' computer equipment, introducing smaller, lighter devices that match consumers expectations and higher performance to increase productivity and extend usable life.
- Promoting the global use of an internal App Store for the request of new desktop and mobile applications, approval of spend by mine management and automated installation. This self-service approach has long proved successful in the UK and is now being implemented globally. From January 2013 to May 2015 (2 years 5 months) Architecture & Planning Manager @ Leading the Architecture and Planning team for Atkins' central IT organisation, I was responsible for a team of architects tasked with ensuring that Atkins IT services are well positioned to deliver the strategic goals of the company.
In addition to the team lead role, I retained direct responsibility for the architecture and future planning around all Desktop, Print and Communications services.
My key responsibilities include:
• Manage a team of four senior Architects, ensuring co-ordination between their respective areas of responsibility
• Responsible for interpreting business strategy, assisting in the development of a supporting IT strategy and then developing actionable roadmaps of work to ensure IT services are supporting company objectives
• Supplier Relationship Manager for Atkins’ extensive engagements with a key supplier
• Worked within a team looking at the organisational design of the IT group, helping to align its structure to our Enterprise Architecture, and modelling the group’s core activities against the key proposed roles, outlining where accountabilities and responsibilities would reside
• Permanent member of programme boards for all strategic programmes of work
• Member of Atkins’ Architecture and Design Authority, a group tasked with ensuring all IS activities are properly governed, approved and aligned with corporate strategy
• Lead architect for Atkins migration from Windows XP to Window 7, providing guidance to the project board, managing engagements with Microsoft and HP through the Windows 7 Technology Adoption Programme (TAP), and working with project teams
• Technology lead for Microsoft licensing, supplying a comprehensive understanding of the technology we are likely to want, when it would be needed and helping to position us into the most cost effective licensing arrangements From September 2007 to May 2015 (7 years 9 months) Infrastructure Architect @ As the architect responsible for IT infrastructure I was responsible for setting the technical direction for all desktop, infrastructure and networking services. I worked alongside application and security architects to oversee Atkins entire IT estate and co-ordinate project and design activities.
• Set and define the technical architecture of Atkins’ IT infrastructure
• Provide technical and strategic guidance to projects and initiatives
• Worked with vendors to understand their capabilities and future roadmaps. Assess technology and services for use within Atkins
• Lead architect for the ‘Portal’ project, designing an enterprise scale Microsoft Sharepoint implementation From 2006 to 2007 (1 year) Desktop Solutions Architect @ Team lead managing six direct reports across a number of UK offices. In addition to the team lead role I retained my existing responsibilities as lead architect for desktop change projects.
• Designed and implemented a Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005 system working with Microsoft as part of their Technology Adoption Programme.
• Developed a three year client technology roadmap defining services and technologies to maintain Atkins competitive edge. Liaised with the business management to agree common strategies.
• Undertook the design work for an ‘iPass’ based remote working and VPN solution, including a SyGate based client firewall and security solution. Deployed this solution to 3,500 end users From 2005 to 2006 (1 year) Desktop Technical Architect @ The technical architecture team was responsible for the design and delivery of all IT ‘change’. My role was technical architect for the desktop area covering hardware, operating systems, deployment, applications and configuration. Within this role I was the design authority for any change that impacted the desktop area, and as such was a permanent member of the Change Approval Board.
• Undertook the design work in the desktop area for the 2001 ‘Refresh’ project which replaced all IT equipment in the UK with a new standardised computing environment. This included the design of a Windows 2000 desktop platform and it associated Active Directory, network, sever and deployment components.
• Lead the design team for the 2005 ‘Technology Upgrade’ project, managing the project work of three other architects and delivering a new Windows XP desktop platform to 12,000 end users.
• Managed the day-to-day operations of 3rd party consultants working alongside internal staff
• Worked with the Atkins business to promote the companies IT expertise in support of external bids for work
• Formed the key technical contact for key vendor relationships From 2000 to 2005 (5 years) Technology @ This role dropped me in to the deep end of IT migration and transition, with my part of the I.C.I. company moving across to Huntsman. I met a lot of fantastic people there, and working with the highest levels of management taught me about the need to translate changes to technology into real business benefits. From 1998 to 1999 (1 year)
Bachelor of Science (BSc), Information Systems Design @ Kingston University From 1996 to 2000 Tom Basham is skilled in: Enterprise Architecture, Strategic Planning, Deployment, OCS, Virtualization, Active Directory, Group Policy, IT Strategy, ITIL, Architecture, Cloud Computing, Solution Design, Windows 7, Microsoft Technologies, System Deployment
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