RISC Networks and Capgemini Assist in Black & Veatch’s “Cloud First” Strategy to Reduce IT Cost

RISC Networks and Capgemini Assist in Black & Veatch's Cloud First Strategy to Reduce IT Cost

Contracting Company Adopts Cloud-Forward Strategy to Support Global Project Execution


Black & Veatch was ready to implement a cloud-first strategy to provide a consistent user experience across all devices, everywhere. They trusted Capgemini to help them on this journey to IT improvement. From discovery and analysis to cloud planning, Capgemini depended on the RISC Networks ITOA Platform to give them the data they needed. Through the collaboration, Black & Veatch successfully prepared for their move to cloud and accelerated their time to action.

  • Analyzed hundreds of applications and servers
  • Created a reference architecture for moving to Azure and for moving to a hybrid cloud model (AWS, Azure)
  • Developed a 5-year financial business case

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“Leveraging the automation of RISC Networks’ CloudScape module we were able to collect insightful data we could trust and perform costing scenarios for Black & Veatch’s cloud-forward strategy. The tool also accelerated our understanding of the intricacies of the Black & Veatch environment and helped define the future state.” -Jennifer Jones, Program Manager, Cloud Initiative, Capgemini

 The Challenge

Black & Veatch needed to reduce overall IT cost and implement a “cloud-first” strategy to provide a consistent user experience for their growing number of customers. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) required that some VMs be managed onshore. To reduce their data center footprint, they planned to move the majority of their IT infrastructure to the cloud.

“Implementing a cloud-forward strategy will allow Black & Veatch to reinvent cloud-based IT services to drive adoption of cost effective, rapidly provisioned, easy to use, and secure cloud computing solutions to support global project execution and a consistent user experience anytime, anywhere from any device.” – Josh Baden, Cloud Architect, Black & Veatch


  • Analyzed ~150 applications (~900) servers to determine cloud suitability using CloudScape module
  • Helped client evaluate cloud platform elections (evaluated AWS, Azure, and Google)
  • Created a reference architecture for moving to Azure and for moving to a hybrid-cloud model (AWS, Azure)
  • Developed a 2-year wave plan and migration roadmap with costs
  • Developed a 5-year financial business case

    “By collaborating with Capgemini, we were able to accelerate the process of evaluating cloud platforms for Black & Veatch and create a deeper understanding of their environment. Adding value is one of our core values, and we are pleased that we could contribute to the success of both Capgemini and Black & Veatch in their IT projects.” -Jeremy Littlejohn, CEO at RISC Networks

About Black & Veatch

Success stories often start with humble beginnings and Black & Veatch is no different. Founded by two University of Kansas School of Engineering alumni Ernest Bateman Black and Nathan Thomas Veatch in 1915 with 12 employees, Black & Veatch saw its first two large contracts, one in water and one in power. In 1917, Black & Veatch began its first of many government contracts.

Following Black & Veatch’s early roots, the company expanded domestically in the U.S. and internationally. After a series of acquisitions and structural changes, Black & Veatch now has over 10,000 employees in over 100 offices worldwide with over 100 projects in six continents.

About Capgemini

A global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation, Capgemini is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations.

Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. It is a multicultural company of 200,000 team members in over 40 countries. The Group reported 2017 global revenues of EUR 12.8 billion.

Learn more at www.capgemini.com.

About RISC Networks

With over 10 years of focus on IT discovery and application dependency mapping, and having completed over 11,000 assessments, RISC Networks are experts at providing meaningful data analysis for some of the largest global 500 companies. Their mission is to improve the performance of both partner and end-user’s businesses by simplifying their daily activities and producing the outcome they expect from their IT solutions.