Ch2m Hill Captures, Shares Knowledge

The report still has VMware ESX listed as the number one virtualization platform, with total licenses increasing 19 percent year over year in Q4 ’09. But it showed that Microsoft Hyper-V continued its ascent, capturing the third highest market share by growing 215 percent year over year. Only days before VMworld kicked off, Microsoft announced it had taken a new Fortune 500 customer away from VMware. CH2M Hill, an engineering, procurement, construction, management, and operations company, was an avid VMware ESX hypervisor user going back to 2005, but it’s decided to switch to Microsoft Hyper-V. My London corporate and legal experience includes working for Linklaters LLP in the City of London (one of the 5 law firms with “magic circle” status) for 12 years.

CH2M Hill cited costs as a major driver in its decision, saying it expects the move to save the company more than $3.2 million over the next three to five years. It also expects to reduce server administration work by 30 percent, allowing the company to focus on more strategic work such as a branch office virtualization, infrastructure upgrading, and architectural planning. With existing revenues of US$10.7B, Jacobs says the new combined business will create a US$15B company. The news comes one month after the closing of Montreal’s SNC-Lavalin acquisition of WS Atkins, creating a $12B global engineering firm. The company launched the Public Involvement CoP in November 2002 with 60+ members representing Water, Transportation and Environmental business units. The PI community sponsors monthly “Hot Topic” calls, which average 35 to 50 virtual participants each month.

And if it is going to take three years to migrate everything, things could possibly change yet again. I am a talented secretary and administrator and it would be my pleasure to put my extensive experience to work for you. This is a public or shared computer Select this option if you are connecting from a public computer. Groove Networks is working with solution provider CH2M Hill to create secure, collaborative applications.

In addition to being PA to a Partner in the Employee Incentives Group, I held the position of “Group Secretary”, an office managerial role, managing the day to day administration of the Group, which included up to 12 secretaries and 30 lawyers. Information Patterns, a leader in the field of geo-collaboration solutions, has developed Toucan Navigate — ung virtual lab the GIS map navigation tool for Groove Virtual Office, which provides real time data updating, location awareness and shared map viewing for teams. Groove, which uses peer-to-peer technology and strong security, positions its solution as flexible and secure. Groove also supports offline use, syncing data when the communication line is re-established.

By leveraging CH2M’s technical expertise in water across Jacobs’ global operating platform and strong project delivery skills, the combined company is expected have a premier global water business. CH2M HILL, a global leader in enterprise spatial solutions and integrator for Groove, provides incident management solutions through its iCIT offering. ICIT will leverage Toucan Navigate to significantly enhance operational capabilities for the emergency responder community. DENVER– Dec. 14, 2004–CH2M HILL and Information Patterns today announced a teaming arrangement to provide collaborative Geographic Information Systems solutions for emergency response to municipal, state and federal agencies. Plans call for CH2M Hill to offer Groove Virtual Office with its iCIT, a secure, collaborative application used by state, federal and local government agencies.

“This is our first alliance with a global systems integrator that’s committed to reselling Groove Virtual Office in markets where we’ve each independently achieved success,” said Matt Howard, vice president of business development and channel sales at Groove, Beverly, Mass. On Tuesday, Groove and CH2M Hill, an Englewood, Colo.-based global IT and cybersecurity consulting firm, said they will work together on secure, collaborative applications. KMWorld is the leading publisher, conference organizer, and information provider serving the knowledge management, content management, and document management markets. “After doing a needs assessment, we realized we wanted to customize each library based on the needs of each community,” explains Heather Wilkerson, technical communications specialist in CH2M Hill’s Denver headquarters. Wilkerson worked with IT in designing the system and currently supports five communities that are in place or in development.

Legal Alerts are a special Kronick publication providing timely information on the latest court decisions and legislative developments. The Court noted that, while the district court hearing Richards’ case appeared to have considered the similarity and frequency of CH2M Hill’s conduct, it had not considered whether, and when, Richards knew or should have known that further efforts on her part were futile. Therefore, the Court reversed the verdict and remanded the case to the district court for it to again review the evidence and to take the “permanence” factor into consideration in deciding the evidence on which Richards would be permitted to rely in support of her claim. CH2M’s iCIT incident response offering uses Virtual Office as a secure communications backbone. It allows emergency workers to create a common operating environment, even if they are working across firewalls, or working offline.

That is precisely why Microsoft is touting the CH2M Hill story — the customer is planning to dump VMware entirely. Plus, we can now afford to tackle our 600 field servers and are aiming to virtualize 20 percent of these computers each year. At $5,000 a server, that’s a savings of $3 million over the next three to five years,” Barton’s statement said. “The company was cutting costs across the board, and we wanted to push forward with virtualizing more servers, especially in our field offices, but we just couldn’t do it with VMware,” Greg Barton, a senior analyst in CH2M Hill’s enterprise systems group, said in Microsoft’s statement. EWeek has the latest technology news and analysis, buying guides, and product reviews for IT professionals and technology buyers. EWeek stays on the cutting edge of technology news and IT trends through interviews and expert analysis.

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