Bibby Offshore Unearth Cost-Savings with Hardware Solution, Tech-as-a-Service

Jan 2, 2019

Bibby Offshore is a leading subsea service provider to the oil and gas industry. Founded in 2003, with headquarters in Aberdeen and a further UK office in Newcastle, the company’s focus is to deliver a high-quality, cost-effective and safety conscious service to the offshore energy industry.

Projects within the oil and gas industry have traditionally been slow burning, with timescales and budgets often over-running due to the nature of the task. In recent years, the industry has changed with companies now aiming to work at their most cost-efficient level yet. To continue to compete and meet these expectations, Bibby Offshore introduced a ‘Business Excellence Team’ into the company.

As a result, the team identified that an area of the business in which they could save money, whilst at the same time become more effective, was IT.
For the last ten years the company had procured its hardware and software products from various suppliers. The engineers were limited to working on designs using fixed workstations in the office. However, this was not ideal, as they were often required to work remotely during offshore projects for extended periods of time.

Bibby Offshore consulted with its trusted IT supplier, Quadra Solutions and asked them to look at more flexible solutions, possibly with the option to purchase via a subscription purchase scheme. Keeping in mind that the company needed a responsive computer with good memory capacity that could be easily docked and undocked, Quadra recommended the HP Zbook mobile workstations complete with docking stations. The laptops provided a cost-effective, powerful mobile solution that could be purchased via Tech Data’s Tech-as-a-Service division, which specialises in subscription agreements for products and technical services.

The HP Zbooks are packed full of features to provide real-time visualisation of multi-layered files and projects, with upto 16 GB of high-speed memory and 4 TB storage and therefore deemed an ideal solution for Bibby Offshore’s demanding on-the-road design projects. This option also enabled Bibby Offshore to reap the rewards of buying via a subscription agreement. The 3 Year Subscription Plan provided by Tech Data’s Tech-as-a-Service provides Bibby Offshore with a far more efficient, mobile solution for its design engineers at a significantly reduced cost.


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