Bold Action Required to Secure World-class Business Services, says AstraZeneca CIO

Bold Action Required to Secure World-class Business Services, says AstraZeneca

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, March 13, 2013

LONDON, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Jon Kirby joins a PA Consulting Group event to talk about facing down the fear
that comes with any decision to make radical changes to sourcing arrangements.

Over 200 business services and outsourcing professionals gathered to hear Jon
Kirby, CIO at AstraZeneca, talk about the journey he and his team have taken
to transform business-critical information services at the global
biopharmaceutical company. The event was hosted by PA Consulting Group's
Shared Services & Outsourcing practice, which has worked with AstraZeneca on
this major project.

Jon Kirby told guests how his team had reached the decision that bold action
was necessary to secure the world-class information services AstraZeneca needs
to operate successfully. Kirby's team, with the backing of AstraZeneca's
leadership, has recently implemented a multi-sourced solution for information
services, giving the company access to best-in-class services in every area.
The team has also developed a sophisticated 'ecosystem' to foster
collaboration among the company's new group of suppliers.

Kirby acknowledged the challenge of managing multiple suppliers, but insisted
the opportunities that arose from a decisive change of approach far outweighed
the risk of failing to act on problems associated with the company's original
single-supplier solution. He has proved to be right. With their new strategy,
Kirby and his team have achieved a significant uplift in service performance,
reduced costs and eliminated the risks associated with depending on a single

The ecosystem that sustains the new arrangement has been developed by
AstraZeneca with expert support from PA Consulting Group. Ecosystems are one
of the newest approaches to the challenge of service integration in a
multi-sourced environment. The ecosystem sets up a network of relationships
where suppliers and client are incentivised to collaborate with each other
rather than to work in silos as they traditionally do. AstraZeneca has now
appointed PA Consulting Group to act as 'ecosystem arbiter' to nurture the
network and optimise service performance.

"When we decided to insource service management, we knew that getting the
cultural fit between suppliers right would be essential to making the
ecosystem work," said Kirby. "We looked for suppliers who understood that the
needs of the end users are paramount and were ready to work together to meet

Mike Henley, PA shared services and outsourcing expert, commented: "What Jon
and his team undertook was a really big, difficult project with significant
risks. But fortune favours the brave, and they have succeeded in their
determination to get the superior services AstraZeneca needs to compete and
win in its market."

Notes to the editor

About PA Consulting Group

We are a firm of more than 2,000 people, specialising in management and IT
consulting, technology and innovation. Independent and employee-owned, we
operate globally from offices across Europe and the Nordics, the United
States, the Gulf and Asia Pacific.

We work with businesses and governments to anticipate, understand and meet the
challenges they face. We have outstanding technology-development capability
and a unique breadth of skills, from strategy to performance improvement, from
HR to IT. Our expertise covers energy, financial services, life sciences and
healthcare, government and public services, defence and security, transport
and logistics, telecommunications, consumer goods and automotive.

Contact: For more information call Laura Hamblin on +44(0)20-7333-6191 or
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.