Our Company

What we do

BPD Zenith was founded to help businesses maximize the benefits of their software solutions over the lifecycle of their physical assets.

Today, BPD Zenith is a leading IBM Maximo Enterprise Asset Management partner for asset intensive organizations worldwide.

As one of the few Maximo partners providing Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Asset Performance Management (APM) expertise across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, we combine a local presence with global expertise to deliver tailored asset management solutions and trusted partnerships wherever you are on your maintenance journey.

Our leading MaxiCloud platform brings together best of breed solutions to future proof your modern business.

Our History

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1989

George Lightfoot, our founder, begins working with the Maximo product.
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1994

Company is incorporated as Big Polka Dot (we bet you wondered where ‘BPD’ came from!).
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1998

Opens Head Office in Carlisle, UK, and becomes BPD Consulting Limited. Sets up the in-house technical team for the first major Oil & Gas project.

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2006

IBM acquires the Maximo product from MRO Software. BPD becomes an IBM Premier Business Partner, allowing BPD to re-sell the software as well as deliver implementation services.
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2008

Becomes BPD Zenith Limited to reflect the move towards becoming a total solutions provider for Maximo. ‘Zenith’ comes from the highest point on a journey – BPD Zenith fits the bill.
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2011

BPD demonstrate their expertise in the facilities management sector by building a high security solution for FTSE 250 company. This was our first fully hosted solution.
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2012

After a successful implementation for a large international Oil & Gas operator, BPD set up operations in Canada establishing an office and large client base in Calgary and Vancouver.

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2015

BPD set up in the United States establishing an office in Houston, Texas.

Winner of prestigious IBM Beacon Award for ‘Outstanding Software Solution for Service Delivery & Management’.

Named IBM’s Maximo Business Partner of the year.

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2015

BPD merges with Australian business partner SBS Global, establishing BPD as an international Maximo provider.

It also allows BPD to enhance its SaaS capabilities, with SBS delivering solutions using cloud technology known as MaxiCloud.

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2016

BPD secure MaxiCloud subscribers in Oil & Gas, Renewables and Transportation sectors.

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2017

BPD announce the opening of its first Southeast Asian office – BPD Zenith Singapore.

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2018

BPD announce the opening of its first Southeast Asian office – BPD Zenith Singapore.

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2019

Winner of IBM Watson IoT Excellence Award for Business Development.

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2020

BPD celebrates 25 years of worldwide, world class asset management, powered by IBM Maximo and IoT solutions.

Our Vision

“To become the world’s first global Maximo partner outside of IBM; using locally based consultants wherever possible while leveraging expertise and best practice processes employed by the global group. Our aspiration remains to become a leading one-stop solution provider for asset management.”

Our Values

Straightforward Approach

BPD Zenith prides itself on delivering on time and within budget. We provide professional advice, and our clients receive a system that matches their business requirements.

Ethos of Integrity

We are committed to doing what is right. BPD Zenith has built a strong reputation with its clients based on its honesty, the quality of its delivery and value for money

Long-term Partnership

We understand the importance of supporting our clients over many years to drive significant change. We continue to guide clients through system development and add-ons and enjoy the benefits that such on-going collaborations bring to all parties concerned.

Dedicated Personnel

BPD Zenith attracts quality personnel and trains them to very exacting standards. We train our team with a combination of IBM Maximo certification and specific, targeted internal training.

Our Mission

“To enable our customers to maximize the benefits of their software solutions to deliver optimum business efficiency and return on investment.”

Our Partners

BPD Zenith believes in providing the best solutions with the best in the business. We have strategic partnerships with companies who share our vision and ethos. These complementary business partners allow us to broaden the services we offer to our clients.

Tech Data

Tech Data are instrumental in supporting BPD Zenith’s IoT offerings. Customers can access coherent end-to-end solutions from complementary Tech Data vendors. We are working hand in hand to build out the operational technology and integrate this with the BPD MaxiCloud platform.

IBM

BPD Zenith is an IBM Premier Business Partner and is Gold level  accredited for Maximo Enterprise Asset Management. BPD is one of only 30 Global Top Business Partners in the IBM Watson IoT Investment programme. 

Electra Learning

Electra Learning are change management and learning specialists. Through the partnership, BPD Zenith and Electra Learning design and rollout premier Maximo training programmes for our UK and North American clients.   

Zinier

Zinier is an intelligent field service automation platform that helps organizations with complex processes transform their field service operations with AI-driven insights & recommendations. BPD Zenith and Zinier provide clients with an all-in-one mobile experience to supercharge every aspect of an organization’s field service operation from the back office to the field.

Nintex

Establish total visibility and control over your enterprise processes with Nintex Promapp®. Use visual process mapping software to encourage company-wide collaboration, increase accountability, and improve your processes—all with one easy-to-use platform.

BPD Zenith believes in providing the best solutions with the best in the business.  

We have developed a number of strategic partnerships with companies who share our vision and ethos. These complementary business partners allow us to broaden the services we offer to our Clients. 

Our People are Our Assets

Excellence starts with a group of bright, passionate professionals committed to making a difference in today’s digital world. Meet our team.

George Lightfoot

George Lightfoot

Global CEO | EMEA & North America

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George is the CEO for EMEA and North America and a director on the Global Board.

As a 30-year veteran of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), George is one of the world’s leading champions of the Maximo product.
George first started working with Maximo as the European Technical Services Manager for PSDI and MRO Software in 1989. He went on to cofound BPD in 1994 and has since covered all asset intensive industries and product versions as a highly experienced Project Manager, Maximo Consultant, Design Analyst and Trainer.

George has led and consulted on many successful EAM projects across Oil & Gas, Facilities Management, Utilities, MoD, Pharmaceuticals, Transport, Telecommunications and Local Government to name a few. He has built an enviable reputation in the North Sea Oil & Gas industry, where he has helped deliver Maximo systems to support over 20 Asset Transitions.

George’s leadership style has instilled a focus on delivery and client satisfaction at BPD.

Samantha Firth

Samantha Firth

Global CEO, AMD Director

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Sam is the Acquisitions, Mergers and Disposals Director and a director on the Global Board.

Sam has 20 years’ experience of the various aspects of Business Administration and has gathered some unique spin-off talents during her time at BPD Zenith.

Sam has either worked in or facilitated virtually all of the business functions over the years including: Financial Accounts, Taxes, Compliance, Human Resources, Sales, Marketing, Customer Relations, Supply Chain, Dispute Resolution, Company/Employment Law, Contract Management, Business Development, Asset Resourcing and Maintenance to name a few. This general and varied knowledge base is ideally suited to understanding the requirements for our Global activities and assessing potential areas for exploration. This is her main focus for the business at present, with activities ranging from long-term to quick turnaround.

Sam enjoys supporting the business processes whenever and wherever she is asked or needed to and the challenge of overcoming the unusual – which happens often enough to keep things fresh!

Graeme Sharp

Graeme Sharp

Global CEO | Asia Pacific

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Graeme is the CEO for Asia Pacific and a director on the Global Board.
With over 20 years of Maximo experience, Graeme is one of the leading evangelists in the Asia Pacific asset management arena.

Graeme is dedicated to advancing the profession of asset management and is passionate about cloud, analytics and smarter operations. Over his career, Graeme has been responsible for delivering major business and IT projects that have multi-million-dollar business benefits for major national and international companies, particularly using the Maximo product suite.

Graeme is a highly experienced Project Manager, Maximo Consultant, Design Analyst and Trainer with over 25 years of experience in Transportation, Energy, Water Utilities, Local Government, Manufacturing, Telecoms, Retail and IT.

Simon Nicholson

Simon Nicholson

CEO | North America

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Simon is the CEO for BPD Zenith in North America. Simon has over 25 years' experience working in the software industry, and over 10 years' experience delivering Maximo solutions.

Simon is an ambitious CEO with a background in IT Consultancy who is conscientious, enthusiastic and professional in all aspects of work. His approach is one of hard work, motivated by a desire to achieve both for himself and his team. He is a confident communicator and is able to build a rapport with people at all levels in all industry verticals, both clients and vendors alike. This has brought Simon success over the years as an IT Consultant, Project Manager, Business Director and CEO.

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Mark is the Country CEO for the Asia Pacific region. With over 20 years of asset management experience, Mark is responsible for BPD Zenith in Australia and New Zealand.

Mark is particularly interested in using data to help the Manager optimize the life and operation of assets. Most recently he has been working with IBM’s Maximo EAM and IoT products along with web-based tools to enhance the experience for users of the information.

Richard Donaldson

Richard Donaldson

CEO | UK & Europe

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Richard is the Country CEO for the UK and European operations. Richard joined BPD Zenith in 2009 as a Maximo Consultant, after 7 years in the Nuclear Industry. He went on to become the Maximo Custodian for many of BPD’s North Sea Oil & Gas clients, eventually joining SMT in various roles, always ensuring a level of quality is maintained across our delivery team and that our customers are happy with their Maximo services.

As CEO, he now oversees all UK and European business operations while retaining a ground level approach with clients and the team and enjoys being involved in overcoming the challenges a Maximo implementation can face.

Global Team

Diane Wilson-Long

Group Administration Manager

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Diane is based in the UK and is fully conversant with all aspects of business support. She is responsible for the Administrators across the regions and their input to the Finance structure. She is responsible to the Country CEOs and Global Board.

Xufeng Jiang

Group Finance Manager

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Xufeng is based in Australia and brings a wealth of financial expertise and knowledge of the BPD Revenue and cost streams to the role.

She is responsible for the finance structure and the overall delivery of the requirements to the Country CEOs and Global Board.

Paul Irving

Group Product Development Manager

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Paul has been supportive of many of the BPD sales initiatives and is responsible for all our Maximo Accelerator solutions.

Paul is currently focussing on building our IoT offerings including a subscription to Asset Health Monitoring for assets around the world.

Helen Fisher

Group Marketing Manager

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Helen in the Group Marketing Manager at BPD Zenith. Helen enjoys sharing Maximo stories and being an active member of the user community.

She is particularly interested in looking at asset management beyond traditional maintenance. Helen believes organizations will start investing more in Business Intelligence, Asset Performance Management, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Predictive Analytics.

Helen also has a Business Development element to her role focusing on IoT across Oil and Gas and all other asset intensive industries, helping BPD continue the momentum in this space.

Steven Cliff

GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE TEAM MANAGER

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Steven started BPD life in the UK and moved to Calgary where he has worked on huge Maximo projects as a Technical Consultant. He is incredibly well respected amongst his colleagues and by the clients he has met.

The Global Infrastructure Team manages all BPD’s hardware infrastructure and the setup of Maximo on this hardware. With standardized hardware setups across the globe, these can be managed on a 24/7 basis.

Come with BPD Zenith to the future of Asset Management

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Most companies are aware of waste in their preventative maintenance efforts, but aren’t quite sure how to eliminate it. 

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