by Chloe Dobinson

SGN IT Director develops mobility strategy to improve security and reduce costs

Nov 18, 2016
Data CenterIT StrategyMobile Apps

SGNhas implemented a mobility strategy which delivers energy “safely and reliably” to its customers, according to its IT Director Andrew Quail.

The organisation will shift its mobile solutions and allow its 3,500 staff to connect to various platforms, enabling an efficient customer service. (See also: How a CIO can personalise their customer service for their organisation?)

“As a company three-quarters of our workforce is mobile,” he said. ”In delivering our core critical services, such as emergency gas escapes, we can now go from a place which had one mobile service to moving additional services over and above that.”

The mobility strategy, led by IT Director Quail, will see the green gas company support the business needs in terms of developing mobile apps, securing interaction with backend services, and simplifying the app maintenance process.


The mobility platform will help the organisation to scale based upon public cloud in distributing natural and green gas to its 5.8 million homes and businesses across the UK, with IT Director Quail admitting it is about providing a better service to its customers.

“It is about delivering energy safely and reliably in keeping our customers warm,” he said. “My role is how we drive the efficiency with it less being about costs and timescale but better customer interaction and feedback on providing these services.”


As well as the mobility strategy, IT Director Quail is currently experimenting with robotics which will create a safer way of inspecting the company’s pipelines.

The pipe robotics will mean customers have less disruptions in their fuel supply, with the IT Director Quail admitting there were a few challenges in development.

“In combining how we get the data back from the enterprise we also have to look at disruptions in fuel monitoring and weather analysis in having to put more sensors on to our networks,” he said.

SGN is leading the way ahead of its competitors in terms of regression analysis, costs efficiency and customer satisfaction, with Director of IT Quail seeing the future of the gas company being driven by their CEO.

“We continue to focus heavily in providing better customer service and how technology can underpin that,” he said. “The CEO is passionate about driving innovation within our business and is investing heavily on technology.”