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BRAZIL MERGER PROJECT CENU OFFICE
São Paulo / SP / Brazil

LogicaCMG is a major international force in IT services. It employs 30,000 people across 36 countries. LogicaCMG provides management and IT consultancy, systems development and integration as well as outsourced management of targeted business processes. LogicaCMG creates and implements solutions for global clients that embrace the best technological solutions for tangible business results. LogicaCMG?s focus is on enabling its customers to build and maintain leadership positions using LogicaCMG?s deep industry knowledge and its track record for successful delivery. More than 50% of the world's transactions in the liberalized energy markets are conducted using LogicaCMG systems. The company provides business consulting, systems integration and IT and business process outsourcing across diverse markets including telecoms, financial services, energy and utilities, industry, distribution and transport and the public sector. Headquartered in Europe with more than 40 years of experience in IT services and a worldwide client base of blue-chip organizations, LogicaCMG prides itself in building successful, long-term relationships with its customers. CMG was founded in 1964 and Logica in 1969, when CMG opened its first overseas office in The Netherlands. In 1999 opens the office in Brazil. The merger between Logica and CMG to create LogicaCMG was completed in 2002.

We had been developing some options for the expansion of the CMG Wireless Data Solutions offices in São Paulo, when we were called to take care of the merger of the office, after the merger of CMG and Logica was completed. This required a transformation and remodeling of the existing Logica office in São Paulo, preserving the established identity and standards, but adapting them to the new requirements of the new merged Company. Instead of redesigning everything, we just adapted the existing area in order to have a more cost effective project and smaller lead times. The existing space plan was adapted to the new company?s structure and infrastructure had to be expanded. The most delicate part of the operation was enlarging the data center, increasing infrastructure and transferring all servers, both Company and client servers that worked on a 24 x 365 basis. We had a period of a few hours to shut down all servers, transfer them between buildings, reconnect and have them fully operational again by 6 am the following morning. Considering the fact that the company was fully operational while the office was being changed, this was a major challenge. Work was done at night and during weekends, and the final turnaround of the data center was done in the last weekend in a total of 4. The project was considered a huge success because everything went according to schedule and within budget. This office occupies 750 square meters in a modern ?Triple A? office building in São Paulo.