Bechtel Rebuilds Its Computer Network from Scratch

The construction giant's chief information officer tells how input from Google, Amazon, and Salesforce.com helped him reconstruct his IT system

Last year, Bechtel Chief Information Officer Geir Ramleth fulfilled what's only a pipe dream for most IT executives: He rebuilt Bechtel Group's corporate data network from the ground up. In March 2007, after nine months of research and analysis, the construction giant started work to revamp the way employees, contractors, and others use Bechtel's network. Early on, Ramleth looked to what he considered some of the most technologically advanced companies, including Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), and Salesforce.com (CRM) to see what lessons he could learn about overhauling Bechtel's network.

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