Press Release: 14. November 2013

HP Helps Inmarsat Optimise Application Delivery

Global satelite communications provider boosts efficiency, improves quality with HP software-as-a-service
Bracknell, UK, 14th November, 2013 — HP today announced that Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communication services, has optimised the functionality of its software systems by selecting cloud-based HP software-as-a-service (SaaS) as part of a company-wide initiative to drive increased quality and efficiency.

Headquartered in London, Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world. The company provides reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organisations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat’s global satellite fleet enables communications from even the most distant and inhospitable places on earth.

“Several acquisitions by Inmarsat had left us with disparate IT teams using different tools, making business alignment difficult,” says Dominic Potts, Head of Group Test Strategy, Inmarsat. “The requirement for visibility and traceability meant that we needed to streamline application lifecycle management tools across the organisation quickly and cost effectively. To achieve this, we took a SaaS-based approach which has enabled us to simplify our IT and provide comprehensive reporting capabilities. HP accomplished the migrations fast and without disruption to our day-to-day business.”

To deliver consistent, quality-assured services quickly to more than 250 users, Inmarsat expanded its on-premise HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution to HP ALM SaaS. The company also rolled out HP Performance Center SaaS and HP Business Availability Center Anywhere SaaS to provide a complete software lifecycle management solution. Moving to SaaS has eliminated outages, significantly improving the availability and stability of Inmarsat’s ALM. In addition, ALM on SaaS has increased accessibility as users do not have to be connected to the Inmarsat network to access ALM.

Standardising on HP software has centralised resources across Inmarsat’s entire application lifecycle, from development to production. As a result, the traceability, quality and speed of Inmarsat’s testing and reporting has improved. A seamless flow of information between development, testing and operations teams has increased collaboration and productivity. It has also increased executive visibility into project plans, enabling better alignment with Inmarsat’s business objectives.

The consumption-based SaaS approach eliminates the need to purchase new products and speeds time-to-revenue by shortening deployment and training cycles. Development costs are reduced by load and performance testing which mitigate any potential risks or weaknesses prior to an application going live. In addition, automated reporting increases productivity by reducing the labour-intensive routine work of data collection.

“Organisations like Inmarsat depend on applications to perform business-critical functions and drive competitive advantage, but disparate tools and complex methodologies create barriers to delivering reliable, enterprise-class applications on-time,” says Toby Marsden, HPSW Business Development. “With HP’s application lifecycle SaaS-based solutions, Inmarsat has been able to accelerate high-quality application delivery.” HP’s premier EMEA client event, HP Discover, takes place Dec. 10-12 in Barcelona, Spain.

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