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Systems architecture and design

Successful architecture involves not only technology but also the people, processes and risks that interact with it.


There are more and more opportunities to apply technology to improve the built environment and its supporting infrastructure. Digital technologies such as data analytics, the internet of things, cloud computing and smart machines are helping to make the world more efficient, more comfortable and more convenient. Our technology consultants enable clients to take advantage of the opportunities this evolution presents by applying digital technologies in the physical world.

Driving businesses forward

Digital technology has transformed the way organisations operate – customer behaviour now drives investment in technology. And the range of technology touchpoints has exploded to include sensors, wearable technology and data management. Our consultants work with you to navigate multi-dimensional system issues and make your enterprise architecture as efficient as possible.

We work with organisations to embed customer experience and operational performance into systems design. Our team creates systems that enable organisations to capitalise on digital disruption so they can drive greater innovation and resilience.

Systems innovation

We create advanced infrastructure systems that are intelligent. By designing systems that are able to continuously determine their conditions, perform self-assessment tasks and support decision-making we help clients improve their performance, increase their life-spans and reduce life-cycle costs.

We also work with our clients to scope, plan and implement intelligent facilities management design including audio visual design, unified communications and data centre infrastructure design. This supports rapidly changing business needs and lets them operate their entire technology infrastructure securely at peak efficiency.

Our systems design expertise is driving innovation across several industries including transport. Focused on improving mobility for users, we propose intelligent transport systems that form part of an integrated transport solution.

System security

It is ever more important to ensure that technology architectures and designs take account of today’s threats and risks. Our consultants are experienced and qualified in cyber security and information assurance, including planning for business continuity and disaster recovery. We work with specialist partners to address the full spectrum of measures to protect information, make services resilient and ensure legal compliance, including formal HM Government accreditation.

A shared vision

We apply ‘outcome-focused’ thinking to technology conception and planning. We start by developing a clear shared vision of our client’s intent and then create strategies, options, architecture, designs and implementation plans to achieve that vision. Our services use proven approaches and methodologies, tailored to the challenge at hand. We’re not tied to any technology vendors, so we can make impartial recommendations that exactly match your needs.

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Global contact

  • Peter Edwards

    Peter Edwards

    Global Systems Architecture Leader

  • Global Systems Architecture Leader

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