J Tomlinson is an integrated multi-disciplinary business providing construction, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical services, refurbishment, facilities management, and energy efficiency services. The company has a turnover of £80 million ($128M USD) and directly employs approximately 400 people.
David Rowling, a Freeman Clarke principal, first met the owners and new CEO, Mark Davis, in 2014. The executive team had set out a strategy for further growth; in order to support the new plans, it became apparent that a significant investment in new information systems might be required.
“Initially, David did a rapid review of our current technology and made recommendations on new information systems requirements based on the future needs of the business. The review included the identification of business opportunities, assessment of benefits, and an envelope of investment costs required.”
David then led a team of directors and senior managers through the scoping, specification, and selection of new business application software. This resulted in the selection of IFS, who provided integrated business software to manage both the build and maintenance phase of an asset’s life, including buildings and infrastructure.
David is currently directing Project Horizon, which will implement the software along with process and organizational changes. He is leading an interdepartmental team that will deliver significant benefits to J Tomlinson and provide a platform for future growth.
The vision for the project is best expressed by Mark:
“Project Horizon will deliver an easy-to-use IT solution which supports growth and helps facilitate significant improvement in processes right across the business. Its functionality will allow us to be agile and flexible, ensuring our services are quickly adapted to customers’ ever-changing expectations.”
About David himself, Mark says:
“David provided insightful advice and guidance to the J Tomlinson management team and directors. His knowledge and experience of business change with IT as a key enabler has added value to our project.”
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