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Estuate helps major wireless telecom save tens of millions

Estuate helps major wireless telecom save tens of millions



A major wireless telecom wanted to curb data growth and reduce hardware and storage costs across its enterprise. After years of accumulating transaction records, the telecoms databases had become ...

A major wireless telecom wanted to curb data growth and reduce hardware and storage costs across its enterprise. After years of accumulating transaction records, the telecoms databases had become difficult and costly to maintain and operate. Estuate and IBM worked together to implement IBM Optim Solutions and enhance the telecoms data governance function.



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    • Estuate helps a major wireless telecom curb data growth with IBM OptimCHALLENGEA major wireless telecom wanted to curb data growth and reduce hardware and storage costs acrossits enterprise. After years of accumulating transaction records, the telecom‟s databases had becomedifficult and costly to maintain and operate.SOLUTIONEstuate and IBM worked together to implement IBM Optim Solutions and enhance the telecom‟s datagovernance function.RESULTSUsing enterprise data management best practices, the telecom expects to:  Save potentially tens of millions of dollars per year.  Minimize the need to purchase new server and storage hardware.  Eliminate at least one petabyte of storage over the next few years.  Maintain a consistent set of processes for data management.  Reduce the cost of database administration and IT operations.  Speed time-to-market for new products by streamlining testing.
    • HIGH CALL VOLUMES CAUSE DATA EXPERIENCED CONSULTANTS DEMONSTRATEGROWTH AND HARDWARE THE VALUE OF EDMSPRAWL The telecom embarked on a detailed process of evaluation.A major wireless telecommunications provider After considering an enterprise data integration solutionrecently assessed its transaction processing from Informatica, the telecom began to investigate IBMvolumes and realized it needed to change the Optim Integrated Data Management Solutions—anway it manages data. Thanks to the telecom‟s integrated, modular environment to design, develop,high daily call volumes, the databases for its deploy, operate, optimize, and govern enterprise datacustomer management, billing, and service throughout its lifecycle.systems had grown to staggering sizes. Butdue to the ever-falling cost of new hardware, IBM Lab Services prepared a proof of concept tothe telecom had simply purchased new demonstrate the benefits of a data archiving factory. Thehardware and let transaction records and other telecom engaged Estuate to provide valuabledata accumulate. implementation assistance and apply its methodology for implementing a data management factory.Over time, the telecom‟s developers continuedto proliferate copies of production databases “Our telecom client decided to work with Estuate becausefor non-production purposes such as testing, of Estuate‟s depth and breadth of experience with IBMdevelopment, and training, resulting in Optim,” says Jodie DeMuth, Optim Sales Leader, IBM. “Wehundreds of copies of massive databases. recommend Estuate with confidence because we trust theirWhen the telecom‟s overall storage EDM methodology, the depth and breadth of their Optimrequirements reached multiple petabytes, the implementation resources and experience, and theircompany decided to create and implement an „extreme service‟ culture.”enterprise data management (EDM) strategythat would drive cost savings around archiving During the proof of concept, IBM used InfoSpheredata and retiring out-of-use applications. Discovery to show that one of the telecom‟s key business applications, which were to be retired, touched far more“Although the costs of storage hardware and databases than anyone had previously realized. ThisCPU have continued to fall with Moore‟s Law insight convinced the telecom that IBM and Estuate wereover the past decade, the cost of managing the right solution partners to power the new data factory.that hardware can be crippling to an ITdepartment,” explains Marc Hebert, chief “With IBM InfoSphere Discovery, we proved that it‟s notoperating officer, Estuate. “Rather than simply always obvious how much data any given applicationcontinuing to let its disk farms grow, as so accesses and generates over the course of its lifecycle,”many companies have done, this telecom took Hebert remarks. “You have to perform very careful analysis.a strategic look at managing its data and Having a tool that provides a view of those dataminimizing its storage requirements.” relationships can accelerate any EDM project.”2 www.estuate.com - t: 408.400.0680
    • HANDS-ON TRAINING HELPS COMPANY BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT IN EDM Because the telecom faced tight budget constraints So far, Estuate has analyzed 10 of the telecom‟s and lacked the core competence it needed in data applications, archiving and retiring four of them. archiving, Estuate spearheaded the implementation The target for the second year is to address up to of IBM Optim to support the company‟s EDM 12 more applications. initiative. The project is progressing in phases. Once the initial archiving is complete for each application, Estuate hands over archiving responsibilities to the telecom‟s IT operations group. This will enable the telecom to be largely self-sufficient in EDM after the project has been completed. “Since we‟re dealing with fairly complex tools, there‟s no substitute for actually doing the work,” says Hebert. “That‟s why we‟re delivering all the training in the form of project execution, with a mentor guiding staff members in hands-on work. We‟ll also remain available to provide classroom training and documentation to reinforce that knowledge after the fact.”DATA ARCHIVING AND APPLICATION RETIREMENT PAVE THE W AY FOR ONGOING SAVINGS With IBM Optim and Estuate, the telecom projects “Within the first year of the project, we’ve it will save hundreds of terabytes (TB) of storage achieved some significant breakthroughs in over the years to come. Not only has the company retiring and archiving applications. That established a consistent set of processes to sets the stage for much more to come. Our implement a data management factory, but it has client is using the principles of EDM to transitioned toward a governance model with a competency center around data management. reverse the data proliferation that caused this outgrowth of hardware.” Marc Hebert COO, Estuate 3 www.estuate.com - t: 408.400.0680
    • Working closely with the telecom‟s vice president of IT, Estuate continues to transfer knowledge to the IT staff. ABOUT ESTUATE Already, a major organizational transformation is taking place within the telecom. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, “There has been a significant cultural change associated Estuate is a global information with this project,” says Hebert. “We‟ve helped our client get technology services company that away from the mindset of throwing more hardware at specializes in helping companies problems—not just because IT budgets are getting too tight establish and improve enterprise for that sort of thing, but because EDM can deliver real, data management strategies and ongoing cost savings.” best practices. Over the next three to five years, the telecom‟s savings will Estuate is IBM‟s go-to partner for the come from freeing up about one petabyte of disk storage implementation of IBM® Optim space. Associated with this reduction, the company will Solutions for custom applications, achieve labor savings in database administration and IT Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, operations. The potential savings run into the tens of millions Siebel and JD Edwards. We have of dollars annually. The telecom will also be able to enhance expertise on distributed platforms and its time-to-market for new products by provisioning test IBM mainframes. Estuate was one of systems more quickly and deploying systems sooner. the early partners involved in the Oracle-to-DB2 migration program. We work closely with IBM account teams to meet our mutual clients Enterprise “When you cut down on the overall data burden Data Management needs. across a major organization like this, you help all of IT to run more efficiently. That results in bottom-line cost savings. Our corporate sponsor within the telecom is excited and pleased by the For more information, please contact: progress so far—and so are we.” Marc Hebert, Estuate’s COO Marc Hebert marc@estuate.com COO, Estuate T: 510-468-71324 www.estuate.com - t: 408.400.0680