Sword Venture and Sword DataCo Integration from April 1st 2020

Sword Venture and Sword DataCo Integration

Following the recent acquisition by the Sword Group of DataCo, Sword Venture and Sword DataCo will be merging to form a single entity that will specialise in Energy sector data services and solutions. The combined organisation will be known as Sword Venture from April 1st 2020. This is a natural progression that builds on the excellent working relations we have fostered since joining forces last year. 

With a combined workforce of over 120 data and information management professionals, Sword Venture brings unparalleled expertise in maximising the value of Oil and Gas data and information assets for our customers, via capabilities such as:

Sword Venture and DataCo have both invested in data science and analytical capabilities in recent years, bringing these two teams together as the Sword Venture Digital Solutions Factory will provide our customers with class-leading technology. The Factory comprises of an in-house R&D department and a commercial analytics delivery team, with the goal of solving common Oil and Gas industry problems across the technical and corporate domains. Our blend of technical data scientists and data domain subject matter experts form agile delivery groups that deliver practical value to our customers. 

We focus on delivering solutions that enable insights and inform business decisions, through the application of data science and analytical techniques. Our solutions are proven to help reduce time, cost and risk, and improve insight and efficiency in operational decisions. For example, in a complex data migration triggered by organisational change such as an asset transfer, we bring an independent lens to the discovery, access and use of data. We ensure the vendor extracts only the information relevant to that asset and that the new owner is armed with the data, information and licenses needed to deliver seamless operational production from Day One of ownership. 

As part of Sword Group, we also have access to IT, visualisation, and digital workplace expertise to help build solid technology foundations that are designed to enable successful digital transformation and embed intelligent data solutions. 

We have the joint ambition to firmly establish ourselves as the leading global provider of data and information management expertise and service support to the Energy sector. Building on our existing global footprint from Sword Venture (with offices in London and Aberdeen) and Sword DataCo (with offices in Aberdeen, The Hague and Perth, Australia), we are actively looking to expand our presence in locations that include Houston, the Middle East, and South East Asia.

We are confident that this integration will enhance the service we provide to our customers today, as well as help us to shape the next decade of data management in the Energy sector together.

Read more here about how we help to design, implement and support practical information management services and solutions that enable our Energy sector customers to gain insight and make effective business decisions.

We are looking for suitably qualified Document Controllers to work across our O&G client sites in Aberdeen.

We are currently interested in filling the following Document Control positions:

Role outline:

The following skills and experience must be demonstrated:

If you have the relevant experience and are interested in this position, please contact Malcolm Grant in the first instance.

Recent research between Sword IT Solutions and AIIM has shown that there are 6 key reasons why business are failing to deliver effective digital workplaces:

  1. SharePoint is failing to live up to expectations;
  2. people are not supported to work the way they live;
  3. information overload gets in the way of collaboration;
  4. mobile access is an afterthought;
  5. lack of a central launch point to intranet activities; and
  6. the most important part of the company is the people - but they done feel that way!

Download our info graphic for more details......

Implementing an entirely new, greenfield IT infrastructure in the place of your new acquisition’s existing, outdated system can seem like a daunting and complex process. First, there’s the never-ending timescale. There are the intricate project management challenges: inevitable when managing multiple parties and new working relationships. Then there are the technical challenges, which include design, implementation and the safe and secure migration of data from many and varying sources - and all whilst maintaining service availability.

Yet while the pressures may seem insurmountable, these are not reasons to stick with an old, outdated system. As high as the mountain may seem, in the hands of the right workforce, with the right knowledge and the right skills to deliver on time, on budget and the rest, it’s really only a molehill.

Edinburgh Airport (EAL) is one of the busiest, most bustling airports in the UK, with over nine million passengers passing through each year and over three hundred flights in operation every week. When GIP bought the airport from BAA in 2012, they had an almighty task on their hands: to put in place a whole new IT infrastructure as a replacement for the old, operational system. And all with the additional pressure of a particularly tight twelve month timescale.

EAL selected Charteris to design and implement a new SharePoint infrastructure and, following that, to migrate a wealth of applications and data running on the old BAA system: SharePoint 2007. EAL had a strong financial incentive to complete the program on time and even EAL’s Architecture and Investment Manager himself, Kevin Norman, felt the challenge was almost too much. ‘When I arrived,’ he admits, ‘I felt the timescales were too aggressive to complete the separation.’ Yet what others had labeled a three year project, Sword IT Solutions completed in just nine months.

Sword ITS chose to use SharePoint Server 2013 to build the new infrastructure, the initial requirements of which were light on detail and needed a significant amount of design. With a combination of migration and new development, the team transferred to it, with the help of the agentless MetaVis, a variety of applications and data that were previously running on the BAA SharePoint 2007, Lotus Notes and various MS Access systems.

The project was completed on time, on budget and with great success, in spite of the tough time pressures, a complicated programme environment and an unrefined set of requirements. Sword ITS’ agile and flexible approach, with sound decision-making and effective project management, meant that the team delivered without overspending and within nine months. Due to its flexibility, reliability and the fact that it can be easily accessed from anywhere in the world, the SharePoint platform is now the platform of choice for any new application functionality at EAL.

With a good team and using SharePoint technology it is possible to navigate the project management and IT development quagmire to rebuild your systems – and it doesn’t have to take three years, even on a project as complicated as one of the UKs biggest airports. Despite the pressures, it’s worth implementing new technology to replace old, outdated systems, no matter how complex the project may seem.

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