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  • Client Name A Manhattan Bank Subtitle Preventing fraud and criminal attacks in real time around the globe The Need: A large international bank in Manhattan with a diverse business portfolio was vulnerable to fraud because its many legacy financial crime detection systems were expensive to run, lacked flexibility to respond to evolving threats and regulations and did not leverage cross-channel information. The Solution: The bank chose a solution from IBM and Actimize, a NICE Company, that will enable the bank to analyze data and prevent fraud in real-time, across various channels, such as the Internet, call center cards, payments and ATM systems – leveraging a single, scalable and robust IBM technology platform. The solution can anticipate attacks and learn from past fraudulent and criminal activity to protect the integrity of all systems. What Makes it Smarter: Using self-learning abilities and complex analytics capabilities, the solution can detect new and evolving criminal behavior and take preemptive action to prevent fraud and theft in all systems across all business units Giving administrators and other principals the insight they need by generating meaningful reports and helping the bank’s internal experts to develop new proprietary fraud models. Helping to manage fraud investigations across the enterprise. The solution support collaboration across the organization. Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: Internal Ongoing project Industry : Banking /Financial
  • APPROVAL: 9/9/09 Per client, this slide is approved for use in customer/prospective customer decks but may not be used in any press releases. Elie Tahari Ltd. New Intelligence BUSINESS CHALLENGE: Clothing retailer Elie Tahari has come to define modern sophistication with collections of understated grace and elegance. It is a privately held corporation with a global presence in more than 40 countries and with more than 600 stores in the United States. Elie Tahari had its order, sales, inventory and financial data spread across the company, making it difficult for managers to access the information needed to make critical business decisions quickly. Managers couldn't identify which products were in the greatest demand, resulting in the company overstocking its warehouses with less-popular items, while the hottest items remained on back order. SOLUTION: Elie Tahari needed to move from ad hoc query/OLAP to scorecards, dashboards, enhanced visualization, and predictive modeling to enable users to mine and access data on their own while maintaining standards, quality and consistency. To do so, the following solution components were implemented: IBM Cognos 8 IBM System i IBM Cognos Framework Manager To enable effective operations decisions, increased growth, constrained costs and improved profits, Elie Tahari needed to provide employees timely access to trusted information across the enterprise. Previously on a reporting platform known as "InSeam" and a Sky Web-based BI solution, Elie Tahari deployed a near real-time enterprise BI solution – “Tahari Real Time Environment for Data” (TREND) – as its framework for combining business objectives, organizational requirements and technology infrastructure. Elie Tahari created an Operational Data Store (ODS), a staging area for all the data from all its systems in one central place. The data warehouse is then loaded from that staging area. The BI tool reads the data from the data warehouse and presents it to the user in form of reports and or graphs. BENEFITS Improves visibility into business activity, enabling deeper insight into customer needs, targeting of new customers and better inventory forecasting Provides real-time access to business-critical information, driving faster responses to marketplace demands and business challenges Helps achieve a significant competitive advantage in the industry, boosted sales, and cut operational costs Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Completed project Industry : Retail
  • Peking University People’s Hospital Providing better, smarter healthcare with electronic, remote monitoring The need: PKUPH has participated in a community healthcare management system launched by the Beijing Xicheng District Healthcare Bureau in 2008. While the program, powered by IBM’s HBI (Healthcare Business Integration) information platform, enables cooperation and resource sharing among medical service providers, its reach is restricted solely to the Xicheng District, or the western part of Beijing. As a leading university hospital with top-caliber medical expertise, PKUPH is ambitious to serve a wider population and broader area. To meet its expansion objectives, PKUPH will need to connect to more community hospitals and healthcare centers in other districts of Beijing and potentially other cities of China. To that end, PKUPH knew it had to build electronic records of patients and a medical record system that could be shared with other healthcare providers to facilitate the integration of medical resources and the process of patient referral. In addition, PKUPH plans to provide more responsive, proactive care to patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. While it is not easy to cure chronic diseases, the hospital hopes to improve the patients’ general well-being and reduce or prevent acute attacks. The solution: PKUPH is moving forward with a first of a kind (FOAK) project that aims to enhance the quality and efficiency of medical services. Supported by IBM Research, China, and leveraging the proven technology of IBM DB2, FileNet BPM, WebSphere Message Broker, WebSphere Portal Server and EMPI, IBM Global Business Services is helping PKUPH implement a service-oriented architecture (SOA) for managing patients’ electronic health records. The platform and its integrated procedures will enable the interconnectivity and interoperability of patients’ health records among partnering healthcare providers throughout treatment cycles. All the medical files will follow local and international standards, such as HL7 RIM, CDA R2 and IHE XDS, to ensure seamless exchange of data in the future. The spirit of evidence-based patient-centered collaborative care is also being instilled into the management of chronic diseases. Clinical guidelines regarding use of medicine, potential risks and so on are encoded as part of the industry-standard process to enhance clinical decision support. In order to allow PKUPH to provide timely diagnosis and treatment to patients with chronic diseases, the CRL is implementing IBM’s advanced clinical process management technology, building into the platform telemedicine functionality that leverages mobile telecommunications and real-time messaging alert services. In the future, vital signs of patients such as blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar level will be constantly monitored by mobile devices at their homes and fed into the system immediately. Any occurrence of irregularity will automatically trigger an instant alert notification to PKUPH for prompt response. What makes it smarter: - Currently, patients’ medical records are scattered across various hospitals, community clinics and township healthcare centers, and even in different systems within one organization. The solution’s functionality will create longitudinal electronic health records of patients, allowing personalized health assessment and treatment for patients based on their individual medical circumstances. Starting from early 2011, the new service will be rolled out at selected hospitals and community clinics. - PKUPH will target diabetic patients as the first batch of participants in the chronic disease management program. The system is a viable preventive measure in stemming acute attacks as it will monitor whether a patient is following his treatment plan or returning for outpatient visits regularly. It is also very responsive. Patients’ blood sugar, blood pressure and heart rate data will be stored and analyzed. When changes in these vital signs happen for a sustained, pre-determined period of time, the system will automatically generate an alert to the patient and his medical specialists to enable immediate actions. With continued monitoring and real-time alert capability, the solution will help mitigate the development of the patients’ conditions, reduce acute attacks, and improve their quality of life. Instrumented: To enable exchange of medical data, the health record platform is equipped with file adaptors, such as CDA (Clinical Data Architecture) adaptor, which can convert disorganized files into standardized, interoperable formats. In addition, a mobile widget will be made available to patients with chronic medical conditions. When a diabetic patient, for example, uses blood pressure and blood sugar test kits at home, the data will be sent out from the widget and fed into PKUPH’s centralized platform. Interconnected: Through the project, PKUPH aims to consolidate 7-8 internal systems as well as connect more closely with other medical service providers. The system will enable all the participating institutions to share and exchange medical data smoothly. Intelligent: By embedding evidence-based medicine capability into the chronic disease control mechanism, the solution will benefit doctors and patients. Diagnosis and treatment will become more efficient, and mistakes will be minimized, assisted by automatically-generated suggestions and warnings on medical procedures and prescriptions based on patients’ health records and symptoms. Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Ongoing project Industry : Healthcare
  • Client Name: Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien Subtitle: Enhances business analytics and forecasting German winemaker Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien, whose name refers to the little red riding cap logo on the company’s main sparkling wine brand, was founded in 1856 in Freyburg, Germany. Today, the company’s 528 employees produce wine, spirits and a variety of other drinks under brands such as Geldermann, Rotkäppchen, Mumm, Jules Mumm, MM Extra, Kloss and Foerster, Chantré, Mariacron, Echter Nordhäuser and Eckes Edelkirsch. In 2009, the company reached record earnings of €778 million, up from €740 million the preceding year. Rotkäppchen is the market leader in sparkling wine in Germany, controlling more than 43 percent of the market.   The Need: The company acquired Eckes Spirituosen & Wein in December 2006. Initially, the two operations ran side by side, but the parent company wanted to fully integrate the data, systems and processes of Eckes into the Rotkäppchen SAP ERP infrastructure to reduce costs and increase efficiency across the business.   To support the increased number of users and the larger volume of data in the SAP environment, Rotkäppchen needed to refresh its hardware infrastructure. At the same time, the company wanted to enhance business intelligence to improve the accuracy of forecasting and production planning.   The Solution: Working with IBM Global Technology Services, the company upgraded its IBM i environment, running production instances of SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse on an IBM Power Systems i550. The company uses an IBM Power 520 Express solution to run its SAP test, development and quality assurance instances as well as its SAP Solution Manager. An IBM System Storage TS3100 tape library is used for backups. To improve business intelligence, the company selected IBM Cognos software. Accessed via desktop client applications running in a Microsoft Windows environment, the Cognos software facilitates sales volume planning, rolling three-month volume forecasting and annual customer profitability planning. Account managers can enter sales estimates into the Cognos tools, making adjustments on a month-to-month basis. This rolling forecast feeds into the production planning solutions. As a result, managers can balance the company’s stock positions, actual and predicted sales, and marketing promotions to optimize efficiency. Business results are fed continuously back into the sales forecasting tool for the next monthly rolling forecast.   What Makes it Smarter: Intelligent: Business results are continuously fed back into the sales forecasting tool for the next monthly rolling forecast, generating a positive feedback cycle to optimize business performance. Instrumented: Sales estimates are captured into IBM Cognos tools from point-of-sale devices, barcode scanners and market research from external vendors, such as A.C. Nielsen. Interconnected: The solution extracts data to create forecasts, distributes data to production sites and makes data available to business intelligence and data warehousing applications.   Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project : External Win/Ongoing project/Completed project Industry : Food and beverage  
  • Media & Newspaper Group Media assets organized and managed for competitive advantage The need: The environment surrounding the newspaper business has become increasingly harsh and the long-established newspaper social role of delivering news reports and publicly recording history is being taken over by digital media like the Internet. Young people being less and less interested in newspapers is undeniably a trend of times, so all newspaper publishers have no choice but to deal with these changes. This Newspaper & Media Group (NMG) decided on the construction of a new business infrastructure that would allow innovation and retain its position of leadership in the media business. The aim of the new system is as follows: enhanced flexibility of organizations and functions towards development of new services, construction of a new platform to integrate paper and electronic media, cost reduction in traditional business operations and investment in a new business model The solution: In the new production system, NMG performs end-to-end production processes: editing, production, printing, etc. on one common infrastructure. These were previously done in totally separate environments - each newspaper and media had its own organization, resources, management processes, IT systems, and production processes. The new system is equipped with streamlined system workflow that navigates and assists those who work on any part of the entire publishing process. One of the core functions in the new system is management of raw materials for content production directed by its 1,700-1,800 editors. By systematically managing the sheer volume of text articles and images (art, photos, and motion pictures) that individual editors collect, the system allows those involved in production processes to efficiently perform work for a variety of media. Each raw material item is automatically tagged with a theme and other relevant categories so that a person working on editorial can swiftly find what he/she needs. Also, the system is equipped with a robust search capability to select suitable material from the large volume available. The system includes an auto-recommendation and distribution of materials to editors based on pre-registered preferences according to the scope of their individual responsibilities. The new system brings NMG the following new capabilities: - Complete visibility over what, where, and who is working on specific content production across the company's various publications and media - Management tools to maximize the value from information assets (“assets” being materials for content production) - Streamlined production through processes that are now workflow-based. - Shorter time to launch new media in that every step in the production process is accelerated: conceptualization, theme development, search for materials, editing, and approval of final copy for publishing. Consisting of IBM Power Systems (p570/p550) servers and integrated DB using IBM DB2, the new system supports the end-to-end production processes from interviews to content development by managing a variety of constituents company-wide in a streamlined manner. With the development of a system that allows integration with digital media as well as publishing systems, editors can optimize, exchange, and upload/download materials efficiently. With different newspapers and medias sharing those materials, the company as a whole can leverage assets as much as possible. In addition, user interfaces are also improved with ThinkCentre M57p that have enhanced editing and motion picture processing capabilities. Dynamic LPAR technology is applied to the main servers, enabling a virtualized environment that allows efficient use of resources. Highly scalable IBM BladeCenter HS21 and IBM System x are implemented as input/output servers. The application execution environment is constructed with IBM WebSphere Application Server. System monitoring and backup are managed using IBM Tivoli products. The new system is located in a data center in Tokyo with a mirror environment in Osaka. The system was designed, built and implemented with the assistance of IBM Global Business Services - Application Services. IBM application specialists provided system and application architecture design services, and development, testing, data conversion and implementation support along with an end-to-end project management and business process re-engineering associated with the solution. Constructing interfaces to a range of specialized IT systems, such as those for newspaper publication, was also part of the scope of work. Benefits: With all raw materials for contents production across different media – whether initially for newspapers, magazines, or online news – in a single integrated database equipped with advanced search capability and intelligent recommendation/distribution function to its 1,700-1,800 editors, NMG now gains full visibility of what exact information assets the company has to create news, articles, and correspondences on its various media. In the news media business where fresh information is rigorously required 24 x 7, a great deal of raw materials simply end their lifecycle without being used once. Given the sheer volume of these materials – they amount up to 1 million items in just a 3-month time frame - the ability to quickly find the right information while it’s fresh and use it to develop a suitable content is a direct competitive advantage to the company. Information as to what kind of materials are obtained where and when, and are being used in what media is centrally managed. This generates new insights for NMG as a whole as to how best to use assets in hand to develop high-quality and high-impact media contents, as well as to create synergy effects amongst the different media assets that the company has. Also, with the new centralized content material management system, NMG management can easily grasp where and what contents are being worked on at a given point of time, and then take necessary actions to maximize value of media contents for consumers: e.g. reallocate critical resources to create a synergy effect by aligning multiple media’s production processes for enhanced messaging, and/or quickly launching new media leveraging any existing information assets. Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External/ Blinded Completed project Industry : Media & Entertainment
  • Chinese Provincial Health Bureau Smarter information management improves public healthcare services The need: In April 2009, the Chinese government unveiled a blueprint for healthcare reform that aims to provide affordable healthcare services for all 1.3 billion citizens. The State Council also announced an investment of 850 billion yuan (124 billion U.S. dollars) for the three-year healthcare reform plan. To help realize the government's vision, this provincial health bureau needed to establish a system that could better manage its healthcare services. The system needed to be an open platform that would serve as a foundation and an integrator of the Province’s existing resources in public facilities, insurance programs, medical supplies, public health clinics and many administrative units. The solution: IBM helped the Health Bureau to establish an Integrated Healthcare Platform. With IBM Global Business Services China leading the solution design and application development, IBM kicked off the project in 2008. Running WebSphere Application Server on IBM System p and DB2 on Power 595, the platform provides a highly scalable, flexible environment for building and deploying high-performance applications. Leveraging WebSphere middleware products, the system controls data exchange between the application servers and database. Power 595 utilizes logical partitioning technology and enables the platform to dynamically allocate resources based on workloads. The platform enables integration and standardization of information originally siloed in various application systems of the health bureau. Now data is consolidated via the platform - for example, hospitals are able to report certain communicable disease information (including symptoms and test results) to the Bureau through the platform, which will compile the information and trigger alerts when any disease is close to epidemic proportions. Also, the platform will serve as a database of medical experts and rescue & relief resources. What makes it smarter: Instrumented : The IBM solution is an underlying platform that integrates all the existing and future applications of various departments of the Health Bureau. Raw data is collected from the business applications and utilized effectively. Interconnected : Data from different systems is now integrated through the SOA-based system. Through the project, the haphazard information has been sorted into well organized categories. Through this platform, the leader of the health bureau can access all the data, information and status through a single interface at office so that to make effective decision. Intelligent: The solution provides the Health Bureau a good starting point to strengthen its ability to monitor and analyze disease and medicine use trends, laying the foundation for smarter healthcare and public health services. For example, the Bureau will be able to detect the presence of a potential epidemic and nip it in the bud in the early development stage. The platform also makes it possible for the client to decipher the trends of prescription drug use, understand the general condition of citizens and take preemptive measures to improve their wellness. Public Health Services: - The system will enable improved immunization planning, disease control and prevention, community healthcare services, infectious disease surveillance, etc. For example, the system can automatically alert the Bureau when an infectious disease appears, to enable the Bureau to put measures in place to help prevent epidemics. - The platform also makes it possible for the Bureau to decipher the trends of prescription drug use, understand the general condition of citizens and take preemptive measures to improve their wellness. - The platform will serve as a database of medical experts and rescue and relief resources. When any emergency, for instance, a natural disaster, epidemic or even a severe car crash strikes within the province, the platform, embedded with a geographical information system (GIS), will be able to identify medical experts near the affected area and effectively manage relief and aid logistics. Citizen-health: It is expected that in the near future, all citizens will be able to establish their own e-healthcare records and enjoy cheaper and more accessible public healthcare services. In the long run, every person in the province will have a medical record that aggregates all her health history spanning across the entire life cycle. Since medical records are consolidated, healthcare service providers are connected, and public health information is shared via the platform, the Bureau will be able to enhance the execution of the government’s policies by making medical resources more evenly distributed and more effectively utilized. The integration of EMRs will also help facilitate patient referrals and enable test result exchanges. In the future, hospitals will handle severe medical conditions, and community clinics or health centers will handle minor ones. Patients will not have to travel long distance to hospitals for treatment, and can return to clinics nearest to their homes for rehabilitation or outpatient care after the procedures. Combined with telemedicine services, provided through mobile medical vans to rural citizens, this will help patients save time and money significantly. Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External/blinded Ongoing project Industry : Healthcare
  • http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype= CR&subtype = NA&htmlfid =0GLOS-82GRBV&appname= crmd Client Name SuperPharm Subtitle Tracks and analyzes sales of 15,000 stocked items and up to 10,000 transactions daily The Need: To build the first retail superstores in Trinidad – traditionally a “Mom and Pop” retail environment -- SuperPharm sought an all-encompassing centralized management system with a robust architecture that required minimal maintenance and facilitated fast growth. The Solution: All stores are linked to a central server, providing instant access to real-time data on sales, purchases and inventory. The solution uses S2K Enterprise Retail from VAI -- enterprise resource planning (ERP) and POS software built on an IBM WebSphere® Studio Workbench platform. S2K uses DB2® for data access, management and integration, and the IBM server scales easily with the needs of six stores now, with plans to expand to 20 in Trinidad and Tobago. The system compiles and analyzes sales by a variety of criteria, including store, salesperson, product line and stock-keeping unit (SKU) at both the summary and detail level. It automatically keeps track of purchases, product movement and inventory levels, recognizes and analyzes sales trends and triggers alerts with suggestions for immediate action, such as stock replenishments through either purchasing or rebalancing. What Makes it Smarter: The system automatically tracks stock fluctuations and performs sales analysis, demand planning and forecasting for 15,000 stock items and 10,000 transactions daily. Analysis results trigger alerts with suggestions for immediate action and future consideration. Reports on sales trends by item and location help management and purchasing agents make informed decisions to identify profitable and unprofitable products and determine appropriate stock levels. Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Completed project Industry : Retail
  • pre-approved http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7MQKBT&appname=crmd Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC) Better predicts climate change by streaming real-world environmental data BUSINESS CHALLENGE Funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and Education, Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC) is a respected research institution that specializes in the study of climatology and mid- to long-term climate changes. The center supplements its internal research efforts by extending computing facilities for numerical simulations of climate modeling to outside organizations. And CMCC has established a number of research networks to promote collaboration among universities, other research centers and businesses.   In 2007, CMCC built a state-of-the-art research center in Lecce, Italy, that was intended to become the focal point for collaboration efforts for researchers across Europe. The site would offer substantial computing power to users in order to support the high processing demands of advanced climate modeling efforts. And, to support this goal, CMCC needed to deploy an infrastructure capable of handling the large data volumes and intense operational demands of modern simulation systems. SOLUTION Joining with IBM Business Partner Computer Var, CMCC deployed a high-performance climate modeling system that enables the organization to create more-accurate climate models in support of its research efforts. Monitoring stations across Italy provide the center with a steady stream of meteorological records, ranging from storm-tracking data to current temperatures and geographical mappings of natural disasters. Research center staff can then leverage the new solution to create complex climate and weather models that represent existing conditions. Furthermore, by analyzing the compiled data, researchers can produce complex simulations that help predict future change. And, to support its goals of extended collaboration, CMCC enables outside research agencies to access its new modeling solution.   The new climatology and meteorology modeling infrastructure resides on a clustered computing infrastructure built with a trio of IBM Power™ 570 servers along with 30 IBM Power 575 servers, all running the IBM AIX ® operating system. To complement this server hardware, CMCC also deployed a pair of IBM System Storage™ DCS 9900 disk systems that are directly attached to the server cluster. The storage system leverages the IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) function to support high-speed file access for the stored climate data.   To help protect the large volumes of data gathered by the climate monitoring stations and stored on the IBM storage hardware, CMCC also leverages IBM Tivoli ® Storage Manager V5.5 software to periodically archive historical data to an IBM TotalStorage ® 3584 Ultrium UltraScalable Tape Library. All data migration, archiving and restoration processes are automated by the Tivoli solution, eliminating the need for manual human intervention. BENEFITS Helps create more-realistic climate models by leveraging streaming meteorological data from monitoring stations across Italy Establishes a powerful, highly available computing environment able to support more-complex simulations and analysis procedures, helping to increase the accuracy of research efforts Fosters collaboration among researchers across Europe with a centralized computing infrastructure that can be accessed from outside the center Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Completed project Industry : Education
  • pre-approved http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7QM4W2&appname=crmd China New Media Development Zone Improves facility management with a wireless tracking solution BUSINESS CHALLENGE Xingguang Park (XGP) is a major television park located in Beijing, China. Every day numerous people, including movie stars, personnel and tourists, enter the park. XGP asked China New Media Development Zone (CNM) to help it build a wireless sensor network (WSN) that would enable the park to better track and manage the large number of entrants. It needed a solution that would guide and serve visitors according to their registration level, enable the park to monitor asset location in realtime, and connect to the park’s critical business applications. SOLUTION CNM selected IBM Global Technology Services and IBM Business Partner LOIT to help XGP increase the efficiency of park management. The new solution consists of a sensor layer made up of the WSN and active radio frequency identification (RFID) tags that will be issued to each visitor and vehicle that enters XGP, enabling individuals and equipment to be identified and located in realtime. The monitoring layer includes mobile realtime digital cameras that monitor people and assets under predefined policies and wireless bulletin boards that display guidance to visitors, or alerts in case of an emergency. The workflow layer connects the sensors and monitoring systems to applications such as asset awareness and reuse, individual guidance, tourist group guidance, equipment check-in, boundary management and emergency command systems. CNM and IBM Global Technology Services implemented two IBM System p5® 550 Express servers running the IBM AIX 5L™ operating system to support the databases connected to the client’s Oracle and EMC Documentum park management and content management systems. Four IBM System x® 3650 servers running Red Hat Linux® and Microsoft® Windows® operating systems support the WSN management server and RFID controller. Eleven IBM BladeCenter® HS12 servers running Linux and Microsoft Windows platforms support a variety of applications including the park’s geographic information system (GIS), facility management system, park management workflow system and system management server. BENEFITS Increases ability to monitor and manage personnel and visitors more efficiently with fewer resources Provides a connection to asset awareness applications, guidance systems and emergency command systems Improves ability to handle and ensure the safety of large crowds Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Ongoing project Industry : Government
  • pre-approved http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7QNPGL&appname=crmd Con Edison Driving demand reduction by promoting energy-efficient IT BUSINESS CHALLENGE: Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison), a regulated utility, provides electric service in New York City and most of Westchester County. Facing greater operational challenges in building out its infrastructure, a state-mandated 15 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2015 and a recognition of the need to reduce emissions, Con Edison needed to develop a demand-side management (DSM) program. For DSM to work, customers need a granular, timely way to measure consumption. However, only one in four IT managers has visibility into their data center’s energy consumption. Con Edison needed a way to provide customers with both visibility into consumption and expertise in designing data centers for maximum efficiency. SOLUTION: Con Edison and IBM formed a first-of-a-kind energy efficiency partnership that combines the complementary skill sets of an IT provider and energy services company, and delivers it to customers in a seamless, team-based manner. Sustained efficiency improvements are certified by an independent third party, Neuwing Energy Ventures, a leading verifier of energy efficiency projects and marketer of Energy Efficiency Certificates (EECs). Neuwing Energy conducts a thorough energy audit of the customer’s data center, establishing a baseline. IBM works with the customer to optimize the design of the data center, leveraging its expertise in data center energy efficiency and virtualization, as well as its industry-leading line of energy-efficient servers and storage devices and a range of advanced energy management products such as IBM Active Energy Manager software. Neuwing Energy conducts a follow-up energy audit and customers are then issued one EEC for each megawatt hour per year in reduced energy consumption. EECs can be traded for cash on the growing energy efficiency certificate market, or otherwise retained to demonstrate reductions in energy use and associated CO 2 emissions. Through server virtualization, the customers that have taken part in the program thus far have been able to increase utilization levels of their servers and storage devices, while freeing up valuable floor space in their data centers. BENEFITS Average of 42 percent reduction in annual data center energy consumption and associated costs Increase in environmental responsibility and sustainability Increased system utilization through data center virtualization and consolidation Ability to earn energy efficiency certificates to apply for demand reduction incentives or document progress toward sustainability targets More flexibility to pursue computing intensive business initiatives Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Ongoing Industry : Case study link Energy & Utilities Reference link
  • pre-approved http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7LZQFU&appname=crmd Fiserv More efficient data storage and management provide strategic assets for business growth BUSINESS CHALLENGE CheckFree Corporation, a subsidiary of Fiserv, supports electronic billing and payment (EPB) for thousands of financial institutions. The rapid adoption of EPB services led to the company’s processing more than one billion transactions a year. CheckFree wanted to continue meeting its service level agreements (SLAs) while keeping operational costs in check. It also wanted to leverage data and resources as strategic assets to foster business growth. SOLUTION CheckFree leveraged IBM expertise to implement a comprehensive bill-payments data warehouse to optimize performance and productivity. Different sources across the company gather data—including consumer usage information, case and claim data, electronic billing information, and employee data—which is then processed by extract, transform and load (ETL) technology, and finally loaded into an IBM DB2® 9 data server. The information management software provides a comprehensive, single view of the company’s and its clients’ bill-payments data. The DB2 bill-payments data warehouse features 25TB of storage capacity and advanced data partitioning, which enables CheckFree to rigorously test new clients’ electronic billing and payment systems without a dedicated test environment. The DB2 information management system also has a data compression feature that accommodates rapidly growing information and maintains high performance levels, thereby reducing the need for additional storage solutions. Given the sensitive nature of stored information, CheckFree also installed IBM DB2 Query Patroller software to monitor who is accessing what data. It enables the company’s associates to determine what processes to execute and when to balance utilization and optimize throughput. Further, DB2 Query Patroller software integrates with IBM DB2 Design Advisor software to make recommendations on enterprise performance and tuning. The DB2 bill-payments data warehouse runs on IBM System p5® 575 servers, each featuring eight CPUs and 64GB of RAM. One dedicated System p5 575 server handles ETL processing. Another System p5 575 platform is a dedicated hot-standby server featuring IBM High Availability Cluster Multi-Processing (HACMP®) software, which enables the system to act as a failover server. As a result, the company can meet its clients’ 24x7-availability SLAs for electronic bill payments and data warehouse environments. BENEFITS Improves data availability and performance while reducing the cost of ownership Helps CheckFree’s clients understand consumer bill-payment habits and identify new marketplace opportunities Defers significant expenses and improves database performance while maintaining SLAs by repositioning and reusing storage Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Completed project Industry : Financial markets
  • pre-approved http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7TSSJP&appname=crmd IBM Microelectronics Automates and optimizes production schedules with increased process visibility The Need: IBM is a global computer products, services and solutions company that is based in Armonk, New York. Its IBM Microelectronics organization is charged with the development, manufacture and marketing of semiconductors, application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and similar technologies. One of the organization’s key production sites—a 300-millimeter semiconductor manufacturing facility—is located in East Fishkill, New York. The 14,000-square-meter facility boasts some of IBM’s most advanced 90-nanometer processes.   The East Fishkill wafer fabrication site needs to cater to a number of demands, balancing the requirements of general manufacturing, research and specialized client support teams. And supporting so many production priorities was resulting in too much waste at the location. In particular, the facility could not efficiently coordinate its manufacturing processes, increasing the consumption of production and treatment materials.   For example, chemical baths that were used to clean and treat semiconductors were being purged more frequently than needed as different products required different treatments. However, by better coordinating production schedules, the same bath solutions could be reused several more times. Similarly, time-sensitive production efforts would sometimes be delayed by poor production planning, resulting in the need to rework (or scrap) the produced semiconductors. IBM Microelectronics wished to implement an optimization and business-rules-based framework at its East Fishkill site that would help better coordinate these efforts. The Solution: Leveraging IBM software, the facility put in place an integrated manufacturing execution system that supports near-real-time dispatching and production management. Every five minutes, the system assesses the state of manufacturing processes, noting available materials, lot priorities, process constraints and overall throughput. Based on this information, the solution then publishes an optimal schedule for the manufacturing systems and plant assets including furnaces, wet tools and lithography tools. And this optimized schedule works to better reuse chemical treatments and avoid interruptions to time-sensitive production efforts.   Facility staff can view this production schedule in real time via a Web-based interface and make corrections or scheduling adjustments to accommodate additional factors. And to encourage ongoing process improvements, schedules are routinely archived. Users can then analyze manufacturing efforts over an extended period to track scheduling behavior and identify recurring patterns. These findings can subsequently be used to establish new business rules and policies that better optimize the automated production efforts.   IBM WebSphere ® ILOG JRules V5.1 software serves as the heart of this solution, providing a centralized business rule management system. And IBM ILOG CPLEX V10 software leverages these business rules to optimize the dispatch and production schedules, which are stored in an IBM DB2 ® V8 data server. To encourage increased visibility into these manufacturing processes and support user control, the facility also employs the IBM ILOG JViews application to build customized, Web-based graphical displays for the dispatch system. Similarly, IBM SiView software helps integrate the management control tools with the facility’s existing manufacturing systems. The entire solution is hosted on IBM System p5 ® 595 servers, and the facility maintains a similarly-configured test environment on additional IBM System p ® hardware. What Makes It Smarter: Automates and optimizes production and dispatching schedules by leveraging near-real-time materials and business data Offers increased visibility into manufacturing processes, allowing IBM to reduce waste and improve overall product quality Increases production throughput and reduces the cycle time of manufacturing efforts by optimizing resource and tool utilization Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Completed project Industry : Computer services
  • pre-approved http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-795D8N&appname=crmd Institut Català de la Salut (ICS) Taking a holistic approach to healthcare management with IBM and SAP The Need: Institut Català de la Salut (ICS) runs eight hospitals and 470 primary care units located in Catalunya, Spain. ICS is the largest healthcare provider in Catalonia. Coordinating both medical and support activities was a complex challenge. For example, with separate purchasing departments in its different operational units, ICS was not able to exploit vendor economies of scale. At the medical level, the different systems and procedures within the various hospitals made it very difficult to compare and improve efficiency, as the data was effectively isolated in each unit’s systems. At each hospital ICS was running in-house developed software, not truly capable of meeting the needs of the group. It lacked scalability, and had not originally been designed for collecting and integrating data from multiple sites. The group considered writing its own software, buying an integration solution, or reconsidering its strategy completely. Technically and financially, it became clear that ICS could solve the issues by working with IBM Global Business Services. The Solution: Working with IBM, ICS took an early decision to move to SAP software to manage the business, selecting the SAP for Healthcare solution. IBM Global Business Services was selected to analyze and design a new corporate model, including the implementation of a single information system based on SAP applications. The service included the detailed system design, building, testing and implementation. With advice from the IBM Global Business Services team, ICS implemented a suite of SAP ERP applications. The combination of SAP ERP for general business management and the industry-based offerings provides a comprehensive range of integrated systems for ICS, where it is possible to control every operational process from within a single environment. IBM Global Business Services was able to assist ICS with the design, building, implementation and test of new business processes and new ways of working, supported by its ability to deliver on a complex program with thousands of users who need constant 24-hour access. IBM Global Business Services has also helped conduct thousands of hours of training at the hospitals, a particularly valuable exercise. IBM Global Technology Services delivered the infrastructure implementation from end to end, and now manages both the hardware and the user help desk as an out-tasked service. The machines themselves are co-located at a data center run by a third-party service provider. With the help of IBM Global Technology services, ICS implemented IBM Power 505 servers and an IBM BladeCenter with JS12 Express blade servers to run the main SAP applications under IBM AIX, while the Oracle database runs in AIX partitions on two IBM Power 590 servers. The IBM team also implemented Tivoli Storage Management (TSM) to manage back-ups. The platform has recently been upgraded with a pSeries with AIX platform, totaling €1.5 M. IBM Global Business Services – Application Management Services was subsequently selected to provide the ongoing maintenance and development. The team is working to sell iLOG and COGNOS to the customer. What Makes it Smarter With the SAP applications in place, ICS now has a central view of hospital operations. In turn, by aligning purchasing more closely with each hospital’s needs, ICS has been able to reduce its total inventory of medical supplies, freeing up capital and reducing physical storage requirements. The savings on purchasing costs alone have produced an immediate 100 percent return on investment. The centralized procurement has helped IC gain a much clearer picture of what it requires, and enabled it to put in place new plans for contracts for the next three or four years. All patient information – whatever hospital initially collects it – is managed centrally by the SAP for Healthcare solution. As a result, doctors at any hospital can access complete, consolidated patient charts and records, enabling them to diagnose and prescribe more easily. Patient safety is improved with end-to-end process management technology that provides the proper access, continuity, and coordination of care – and mitigates human error by utilizing specific medical logic and enforcing safety protocols. Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Ongoing project Industry : Healthcare
  • pre-approved http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-78WVZX&appname=crmd Japan Airlines Raising the bar in the airline industry BACKGROUND An industry that depends on IT Information technology is, in a way, as important to Japan Airlines as the safe and timely transportation of its passengers. Every aspect of the airline's business operations, from reservations to ticketing to scheduling to maintenance to business operations and more, relies on its IT systems to support its business. JAL's IT systems are -- in every sense of the phrase -- mission-critical. Increasing passenger volume, along with heavier use of the Internet, is putting greater demands on these systems than ever before: Today, half of JAL's tickets are sold via the Web, and its reservation and ticketing systems are entirely electronic. In the airline industry, the cost of an IT outage can be millions of dollars per hour, according to JAL. There is not only the direct cost of lost sales while the systems are down, but the highly interdependent nature of the business means that an IT outage has a ripple effect that is felt throughout the enterprise. The resulting delays cause not only inconvenience for passengers and other customers, but higher costs for the airline as well. Beyond the direct financial impact, the potential for damage to the airline's reputation is just as great. An outage of as little as 15 minutes will be picked up by the media and reported. A loss of prestige like this can hurt revenues long after the actual problem is CHALLENGE To solidify its market leadership in the face of increasing passenger traffic and competition, Japan Airlines (JAL) needed a way to reduce the potential for costly service interruptions caused by IT system outages. SOLUTION Japan Airlines, working with IBM, implemented an enterprise-wide IT issue tracking, change and configuration management solution -- an industry first in Japan -- that gives JAL management greater visibility into, and control over, the company's mission-critical IT operations and a better understanding of how they impact the business as a whole Being proactive Japan Airlines management saw an opportunity, provided by evolving technology, to improve its operations, cut risk and raise the standard of service quality for the entire industry. JAL took a leadership position, pioneering aggressive efforts to improve the availability of its IT systems. JAL had long been working to maintain the highest possible standards of IT reliability, but these efforts faced a fundamental challenge. JAL had limited visibility into the state of its IT systems at any given time, in terms of configuration, operational status, asset location or the potential impact of changes. Obtaining this information would enhance the company's existing quality initiatives, giving JAL the ability to not only respond more quickly to IT system problems, but provide a basis for continuous improvement so that future problems could be avoided entirely. This improvement in capability had the potential to affect the entire business, enabling JAL to achieve unprecedented levels of service and thus solidifying JAL's market-leading position as a premier air carrier. With some 1,500 servers supporting multiple business units, the scale of the project was considerable. The project, undertaken by IBM Global Technology Services, addressed the challenge of crossing boundaries within the enterprise. Each division within JAL had its own processes and procedures for change and systems management, and information was not shared between divisions. In some cases, procedures were inefficient. For example, recovering from an outage might require the presence of a key systems administrator. Since most system changes are conducted in the middle of the night when the load is the lightest, that's when outages are most likely to occur. Understandably, it was often difficult to reach an administrator promptly to authorize corrective action. JAL Information Technology Co., Ltd. (an IT joint venture company founded by JAL and IBM/JAL's IT arm) and IBM Global Technology Services implemented new procedures and policies based on the industry-standard Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). This supplier-independent, open framework of best practice approaches facilitates the delivery of high-quality IT services, including an extensive set of management procedures and process design guidance The solution monitors system status continuously. Mobile phone electronic message alerts are sent, when needed, to some 200 critical employees (including the CIO) to update the latest IT outage situation so that appropriate action can be taken promptly. Incidents are ranked by severity, from Level 1 to Level 4, with Level 1 incidents being those that can have the most severe impact on flight operations. To speed recovery and increase system resiliency, the team defined new policies that govern how each kind of incident is to be dealt with. For example, before the most severe incidents can be closed, specific remediation steps must be defined and acted upon. In this way, the same problem is much less likely to recur. New information focuses the business on the importance of IT The new information provided by the solution helps not only the IT side of the company, but the business side as well. Thanks to an unprecedented level of knowledge about system status, company management has gained a better appreciation of the mission-critical nature of JAL's computing systems. At the first board meeting after the system was installed, JAL's CIO was able to show that some 1,000 system changes were being made every month -- 12,000 per year, each one carrying with it the potential for IT service interruption. "Thanks to this new information, never before available," says an IT Service and Planning executive, "we were able to dramatically demonstrate the importance of improved monitoring and management of the airline's IT systems to the business side of the enterprise. This, combined with our demonstrated results, has helped management to place the appropriate focus and priority on our efforts to improve system availability.“ JAL has realized impressive gains in system reliability, resilience and availability. In the first year of operation, Level 1 incidents fell by 58 percent, and Level 2 incidents fell by 39 percent. The time needed for recovery has also been drastically reduced, with systems being brought back online 80 percent faster. Now that JAL has met its initial objectives, it is setting higher standards. What JAL's leadership means While JAL's airline industry-first initiatives in boosting IT availability have helped it to maintain its competitive advantage among its peers, these efforts have broader implications. Other airlines have been influenced by JAL's improved performance to make changes of their own. "Taken together, these actions ultimately benefit not only the airlines individually, but also the industry as a whole and the traveling public as well, through improved on-time performance and an air transport system that runs more smoothly," concludes the executive. Establishing transparency and best practices-based management of its IT systems is a critical first step to further improvements to come. JAL is investigating server consolidation and a service-oriented architecture approach to its IT systems, two initiatives that promise to reduce the number of potential points of failure while increasing cost-effectiveness and system performance. BENEFITS Reduces the number of system failures and interruptions, and overall downtime, dramatically: In the first year, system failures were down 58 percent, IT service interruptions were down 39 percent and downtime was reduced by 80 percent; in addition, the rate of outages continues to improve Improves overall quality of service by reducing IT outage-related operational delays Gives JAL management unprecedented visibility into the current state of its IT systems, fostering a greater understanding of how IT affects the business Provides issue tracking, configuration and change management that reduces the overall risk of IT outages and the resulting negative impact on airline flight operations Helps to achieve better business resiliency through more efficient, streamlined business processes that help to recover from outages more quickly and prevent IT issues from recurring New policies and procedures leverage industry best practices for IT management
  • pre-approved http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7YMPNX&appname=crmd LAENDmarKS Smarter Supply Chain: Gaining precision through end-to-end parts traceability The Need: Every year, in a pattern remarkable for its consistency, automobile manufacturers recall millions of their vehicles to address problems or defects. For automobile manufacturers forced to issue a recall, the costs can be staggering—not only in direct costs such as consumer notification, replacement parts and labor, but also in the potential damage to the manufacturer’s brand, which can impact brand loyalty and future market share. What’s equally remarkable is that the high cost of recalls can, in many cases, be traced to parts whose underlying costs is a tiny fraction of the cost of repairing them. With no means to trace defective parts to the subset of vehicles affected by them, auto manufacturers have—as a matter of safety—followed a sweeping approach in which vehicles of entire model years are recalled. In many ways, the need to follow a policy in which “some bad apples” are assumed to “spoil the bunch” may be the single most important reason that recalls are so costly and inefficient. Prompted by a German government program aimed at strengthening the country’s automobile industry, KEIPER, a large supplier, proposed extending its internal traceability system into a standardized, global platform that could be used across the full extent of the value chain. To meet this goal, KEIPER pulled together a consortium of German automakers, suppliers, software companies and academia and spearheaded their collective efforts in a project known as LAENDmarKS. The Solution: Brought into the project by consortium member IBS AG, IBM saw LAENDmarKS as a different kind of supply chain traceability solution requiring a fundamentally different architectural approach. Up until then, data related to supply-chain “events” (such as a parts shipment arriving at a receiving gate) was consumed directly by the local traceability solution of IBS AG. IBM’s breakthrough was to apply an SOA-based approach under which supply chain data was abstracted into a separate event repository—independent of applications—that could be tapped for multiple purposes. To address the thorny issue of data security, IBM Global Business Services designed a global traceability solution that enables each company in the connected supply chain to maintain its own events repository, updated by the IBS AG event capturing solution within each company, from which it can provide partners with appropriate levels of access. The LAENDmarKS project was successful because it demonstrated that with the right technological foundation, the automotive supply chain could be made more transparent along its entire span—not just within or between the largest players. For the purposes of tracking defective parts, the most obvious benefit is the continuity of information the solution enables, which gives supply chain planners the means to trace quality problems to their source. Equally important is solution’s ability to track parts in the context of the modules, assemblies—and ultimately finished vehicles—that they go into. With this combination of traceability attributes, auto manufacturers and their partners can isolate the extent of problems with a high degree of precision, without taking any chances on the safety of their customers. What Makes it Smarter: - Expected major reduction in costs associated with vehicle recalls through more precise tracking of parts across the automobile value chain - Improved quality control for automobile manufacturers and suppliers - Avoidance of damage to brand and customer loyalty resulting from large-scale vehicle recalls - Improved decision-making in the area of production, inventory and logistics due to increased supply chain transparency - Improved parts traceability enables automobile manufacturers and suppliers to target their recalls to specific vehicles affected by defects. Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Completed project Industry : Automotive
  • http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7QURS5&appname=crmd Norkis Group Improves customer services with mobile devices that capture and send customer data The Need: Norkis Group is the manufacturer and distributor of Yamaha motorcycles and the Norkis Legacy compact pickup truck in the Philippines. The company is a leading conglomerate in the nation with more than 300 branches. With so many branches, the business needed to capitalize on economies of scale and share business processes across the organization more efficiently. To do this, it needed to first centralize its disparate environment and standardize its processes, especially for its financial organization and its sales outlets. The ultimate goal was to be able to ensure the company’s future growth through a robust IT infrastructure. SOLUTION IBM deployed applications from alliance partner SAP in the new data center it built for Norkis. The SAP ERP and SAP Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications act as the company’s core business management system. The business applications include controlling, customer service, financial accounting, financial supply chain management, materials management, and sales and distribution functionality. The integration of the environment was made possible by creating an IBM DB2 ® database—chosen for its integration capabilities with SAP—with a common set of conventions to virtually eliminate duplication from its disparate systems. Two IBM Power Systems ™ servers run the SAP ERP and SAP CRM applications. IBM PowerVM ™ virtualization technology provides separate environments for each application and provides the resource allocation to help ensure that service levels are met. For example, the company uses mobile phones to take photographs and document information from its customers. It is able to download that information from the mobile devices to Web and then send the data to its SAP CRM and SAP ERP applications. An IBM System Storage ™ DS4700 storage device provides the application and data storage. IBM Global Technology Services provided implementation services and provides 24x7 maintenance and support for the software and hardware under a three-year contract.   BENEFITS Manages receivable and inventory information more efficiently, improving vendor communication and shortening inventory turns Enables a higher degree of cross-selling to increase repeat business Decentralizes systems and virtualizes its server environment to create a more dynamic, scalable IT environment Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Ongoing project Industry : Automotive
  • http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7SHL75&appname=crmd Queensland Motorways Intelligent toll system creates smarter traffic management The Need: Ten years ago, Australia’s third-largest city and the state capital of Queensland, Brisbane, formulated a strategy for making itself an economic powerhouse. Population growth has been an important factor in Brisbane’s emergence as a vital commercial center. If trade was the engine of economic growth, the city’s expanding population of skilled professionals was its lubricant. At some point, however, Brisbane reached a crossover point where its population growth began to exert an adverse impact in the form of traffic congestion. In recent years, the rising number of workers commuting to the port, airport and CBD, along with freight-laden truck traffic to and from the port, and a road infrastructure that hadn’t kept up, saw traffic congestion escalate with the Gateway Motorway and Bridge heavily affected. With the number of Central Business District (CBD) and Australia TradeCoast workers projected to nearly double in the next 20 years, the Government and Queensland Motorways, which owns and operates major toll roads and bridges in Brisbane, recognized the need to act boldly to lessen the chokehold of traffic on Brisbane’s future. The Government announced the $1.88 billion Gateway Upgrade Project designed to help bring the city’s road and bridge capacity in line with demand. However, while physical infrastructure investments were part of the long-term solution, the Government and Queensland Motorways realized that other sustainable, efficient and effective traffic mitigation strategies focused on understanding—and ultimately shaping—commuter driving behavior were also required. The Solution: To advance this vision, Queensland Motorways formed the Free-Flow Tolling Project and established partnerships with leading industry and technology vendors including IBM, Thales Australia and Vitronic, to put in place an intelligent roadside and central tolling management system that would complement its physical infrastructure investments by promoting the more efficient use of Queensland Motorways’ road network. IBM Global Business Services, had primary design responsibility for the Central System. The solution was implemented and tested by IBM Global Technology Services, relying on resources drawn from Europe, the Philippines, India and China, and working alongside Queensland Motorways project and technical staff. Architecturally, the solution is comprised of two main systems. The core function of the roadside system, which was developed by Thales Australia, in partnership with Vitronic, is to use multiple sensing technologies to identify vehicles as they move through toll gantries. Vehicles are identified either by an in-vehicle tag or by analyzing footage of their number plates using two optical character recognition (OCR) engines, one at the roadside and a Dacolian engine at the central system. A key part of IBM’s solution, known as the Identification, Rating and Interoperability Services (IRIS) subsystem, picks up the information generated at the roadside and uses stored business logic to execute a series of toll-related transactions. Upon receiving the roadside information, IRIS runs it against an SAP CRM database, within which the solution maintains a comprehensive record of vehicle and owner profile information. Based on this information—as well as other key parameters collected at the time of passage—the IRIS system calculates the required toll and sends it (via IBM WebSphere® MQ, the solution’s core middleware) to SAP FI-CA, which then issues a bill against the customer’s prepaid toll account, or stores the data so that payment can be applied up to three days after travel. Running on top of IBM WebSphere Application Server, the IRIS solution employs a mix of IBM Power Systems™ and BladeCenter® servers, as well as IBM System Storage™ DS8100 for customer data storage. IBM Rational® Portfolio Manager was used for project management. Maintaining a transportation infrastructure is an expensive proposition, as evidenced by the nearly $2 billion Queensland Motorways is spending on its current Gateway Upgrade Project alone. Queensland Motorways realized that to meet its future funding challenges, it needed to ensure maximum flexibility in its business model to efficiently capture revenue opportunities. To ensure this, Queensland Motorways called for a tolling solution able to be used as a shared service—following a modular, Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) approach—that would enable Queensland Motorways to offer free flow tolling as a service to other transit authorities in the future. What Makes it Smarter: - Captured vehicles data provides the foundation for targeted and flexible traffic shaping capability - Reduced congestion during peak traffic hours - Improved travel experience for Brisbane's commuters - Continued local economic prosperity by avoiding traffic snarls to and from commercial loading areas - Increased revenue opportunities for Queensland Motorways, providing a strong basis for funding future road infrastructure initiatives Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Ongoing project Industry : Travel & Transportation
  • http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7VJQDR&appname=crmd SBI Sumishin Net Bank Accelerating new business growth by taking a new path to Internet banking The Need: SBI Sumishin Net Bank, a new entrant in the Internet banking industry in Japan, got the chance to differentiate itself in that market by choosing to provide full banking services on the Internet that differ from its competitors – a wider range of services than Internet banks had previously provided to their customers, including asset management. With competitors preparing for entry into the market and fierce competition expected, SBI Sumishin Net Bank recognized that launching its service as quickly as possible was vital. The Solution: The bank selected IBM Japan to design and build a new Internet banking platform. SBI Sumishin Net Bank judged the framework approach to banking solution development offered by IBM to be not only a method of lowering project risk but also a method of keeping costs low in the future by ensuring greater flexibility. Completed on schedule by IBM Japan, the implementation of SBI Sumishin Net Bank's new Internet bank platform made full use of the IBM SOA-driven Rapid Enterprise Renovation for Financial Services Systems (RER for FSS) framework – a series of interlocked products and technologies targeted to all aspects of the bank's operations. The result is a robust mission-critical banking system running on J2EE™. The solutions employed for the construction of SBI Sumishin Net Bank’s accounting system have enabled the opening of the first-ever Internet bank in Japan that provides full banking services, thanks to functionality that makes possible a wide range of products, services and packaged applications. What Makes it Smarter: SOA integration enables a single view of the client which includes information from across many lines of business at the bank and enables SBI to more quickly create customized products, cross-sell and up-sell in real time via the Web. During the construction of its business platform from scratch, SBI Sumishin Net Bank was the first Japanese bank to successfully introduce packaged products for its accounting applications. By combining a framework approach and industry-standard technology, SBI Sumishin Net Bank was able to start operating its system infrastructure in the Japanese banking market quickly in spite of the high level of difficulty of the project. Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Completed project Industry : Banking
  • http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7SGQGU&appname=crmd Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) Using new insight and integration to make public transport more efficient and sustainable The Need: As a result of heavy investment in its public transportation infrastructure, the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has created one of the most modern, affordable and heavily used public transportation networks in the world, with nearly 3 million people riding the bus and 1.6 million people riding the train on any given day. Because of ongoing population growth – projected at 50 percent in the coming decades – Singapore needs to find new ways to make public transportation more efficient and convenient in order to increase utilization and keep traffic congestion at bay. The LTA lacked what it needed most to accomplish this: the capacity to take a holistic, predictive approach to managing its transport network. The Solution: The LTA worked with IBM to create a seamless national transport fare system that enables riders to use a single card of their choice to pay for all modes of travel – bus, rail and taxis – as well as vehicle congestion charging and car parking. Card readers capture rider information at all points within the LTA network, and flexible, open middleware is used to create a single national fare processing clearinghouse. In designing the system, the LTA was very conscious of the need to accommodate its future initiatives and employed an SOA approach to give it the leeway to change aspects of its business model down the road. The solution simplifies and streamlines fare payment for riders, making it a virtually invisible part of their public transportation experience. It also allows the LTA to glean insights from the 20 million trip-related transactions generated each day – information on where, when and how riders are traveling – and translate them into a more convenient, affordable travel experience for Singapore’s citizens by optimizing routes, schedules and fares. What Makes it Smarter: Ability to configure more convenient bus and train routes and schedules based on analysis of multi-modal travel patterns Ability to accommodate multiple fare card issuers, increasing convenience for riders and lowering costs 80 percent reduction in revenue leakage from "lost" transactions 2% reduction in the overall cost of operation of the fare processing system while tripling its performance capacity to 20 million fare transactions per day WHAT MAKES IT SMARTER Integrated fare systems enable the Singapore Land Transport Authority to create holistic, detailed transportation profiles of riders that span all modes of travel, and insights drawn from rider data enable it to configure more convenient routes, schedules and fares – making public transport more attractive and increasing long-term ridership. Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Completed project Industry : Case Study link Travel & Transportation Reference Link
  • http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GNCS-7KJ3KE&appname=crmd Based in San Leandro, California, The North Face offers an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment and footwear. Pushing the boundaries of innovation, the company is the first choice of many of the world’s most accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners and explorers. Business challenge: The North Face wanted to launch a new business-to-consumer Web site that would allow it to sell its high-performance outdoor gear and apparel directly to the public. To deliver an integrated brand experience that reinforced the company’s “Never Stop Exploring” spirit, The North Face wanted the Web site design to feature imagery, content and media to showcase many of the 50-plus athletes the company sponsors. Solution: The North Face worked with IBM Business Partner Zobrist Consulting Group, Inc., to implement a Web site architecture based on IBM WebSphere ® Commerce Enterprise software, IBM Lotus ® Web Content Management software and IBM OmniFind ® Discovery Edition software. The new architecture allows brand content to be woven throughout the site and showcases sophisticated imagery that inspires action by featuring athletes in their trials and triumphs. The site also leverages Web 2.0 technology, including ratings and reviews, video and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds. The North Face hosts the solution on an IBM System p5 ® 580 platform running the IBM AIX ® V5.4 operating system. Benefits: The IBM solution supports Web traffic exceeding one million page views per day, enabling The North Face to meet and some cases exceed its sales expectations. In addition, the new solution allows marketing, merchandising and sales business users at The North Face to control and manage site content without help from IT. Finally, the globalized support of the architecture facilitates the rollout of international sites in multiple languages.
  • http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7TXQ5S&appname=crmd University of North Carolina (UNC) Speeding the development of disease treatments BUSINESS CHALLENGE: The University of North Carolina (UNC), a major research and teaching institution, recognized the growing need for quality and Pay-for-Performance reporting within clinical care. It also realized that current Health System data mining/exporting practices on behalf of researchers was not sustainable or capable of generating the kind of information needed to create new treatments for major diseases. SOLUTION: In 2007, IBM Global Business Services team utilized the IBM Healthlink Solutions Roadmap Methodology to define a governance structure that would guide and oversee the development of a new health analytics environment. This process established better definition around governance and operational requirements to support the health analytics environment and subsequent data warehouse build. IBM was then engaged to complete the solution design, build and deployment for what would become the Carolina Data Warehouse for Health (CDW-H). The data warehouse is built on the IBM Health Integration Framework and takes advantage of InfoSphere and WebSphere software, running on System z mainframe and System p computers. UNC has now moved the data warehouse into production with a secure web portal providing access to anatomized cohort query selection, diabetes and inpatient data marts, business intelligence reports and analytics applications, and supporting clinical translation research. With the storage provided by CDW-H, researchers can analyze vast amounts of patient data uncovering trends in a matter of seconds. This avoids the time-consuming manual analysis of large quantities of patient records and treatment options. BENEFITS - The Carolina Data Warehouse for Health (CDW-H), has enabled UNC to increase the timeliness of information available to researchers, staff and physicians, ultimately speeding the development of new treatments for diseases such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis and cancer - The warehouse has narrowed the time frame for clinical research significantly. Queries that would formerly take weeks now take seconds. - The entire workflow of preparatory research, through regulatory approval, to obtaining a data set will drop from months to weeks - The Diabetes and Patient Care data marts support general queries related to treatment of diabetes and measurement of outcomes, leading to improved patient care Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Ongoing project Industry : Healthcare
  • http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7VAUSC&appname=crmd Client Name: Wuxi iPark Subtitle: A dynamic infrastructure frees up resources for new business The Need China is emerging as one of the world's major markets of software development and outsourcing services. However, the industry is facing several challenges, such as a lack of advanced software development platforms as well as a large technical skill shortage. To survive and be more competent in a rapidly evolving environment, software companies or ISVs recognize the need to have agile software development processes to shorten the lifecycle from product development to market. The Solution IBM Research-China teamed with a regional center of innovation to enable ISVs located in the center to remotely access a vast computing environment for project incubation, development and testing, paying for services based on usage. This utility-based service is delivered via the Web and integrates technologies and concepts from cloud computing, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and software engineering as a service (SEaaS) and includes operational and hosting services. What Makes it Smarter This new business model allows ISVs to conserve energy and resources and reduce their IT investment, freeing up capital and resources for other business activities. Thanks to the open standards-based technology architecture and an innovative development methodology, environment allows software development to be done by team members located in different cities in China in a shared IT environment. As a result, ISVs can increase their response to market demands and requirements. The new cloud computing offering also helps ISVs reach new markets by providing the ability to sell their software solutions hosted as Web-based services to customers around the world. By providing advanced IT resources and a value-added service, this center operates under a new business model. Unlike other software parks or science parks in China, this one can now provide greater services beyond the typical office space, general management support, and basic facilities, such as water and electricity. Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External/Unblinded Ongoing Industry : Computer Services
  • Client Name A Manhattan Bank Subtitle Preventing fraud and criminal attacks in real time around the globe The Need: A large international bank in Manhattan with a diverse business portfolio was vulnerable to fraud because its many legacy financial crime detection systems were expensive to run, lacked flexibility to respond to evolving threats and regulations and did not leverage cross-channel information. The Solution: The bank chose a solution from IBM and Actimize, a NICE Company, that will enable the bank to analyze data and prevent fraud in real-time, across various channels, such as the Internet, call center cards, payments and ATM systems – leveraging a single, scalable and robust IBM technology platform. The solution can anticipate attacks and learn from past fraudulent and criminal activity to protect the integrity of all systems. What Makes it Smarter: Using self-learning abilities and complex analytics capabilities, the solution can detect new and evolving criminal behavior and take preemptive action to prevent fraud and theft in all systems across all business units Giving administrators and other principals the insight they need by generating meaningful reports and helping the bank’s internal experts to develop new proprietary fraud models. Helping to manage fraud investigations across the enterprise. The solution support collaboration across the organization. Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: Internal Ongoing project Industry : Banking /Financial
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  • http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype= CR&subtype = NA&htmlfid =0GLOS-759SVA&appname= crmd Headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts, Welch Foods Inc. (Welch’s) is well known for its fruit juices and jellies. The company offers approximately 400 products, including refrigerated juices and cocktails, frozen and shelf-stable concentrates, sparkling juice cocktails and a variety of single-serve products. In addition, Welch’s - a wholly owned subsidiary - is the food-processing and marketing arm of the National Grape Cooperative Association, Inc., a grower-owned agricultural cooperative with more than 1,400 farming members. In an effort to lower its operating costs and increase business flexibility across its enterprise, Welch’s planned to replace its proprietary IT infrastructure with a virtualized x86-based open architecture from Linux that would support out-of-the-box software. Welch’s rolled out a Linux® operating system and planned to deploy 31 off-the-shelf modules of the Oracle E-Business Suite enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. While trying to launch Oracle – Demantra and the first eight components of the new ERP solution, the company found that its 30+ Dell servers with several 4-node RAC clusters were having difficulties supporting the new software and load. Welch’s engaged IBM Business Partner the Advanced Technology Services Group (ATS) to assess its current situation and then design and implement a solution. ATS suggested that the company complement the new x86-based open architecture with more powerful IBM System p5™ 570 servers. The company divided three servers into a total of 30 logical partitions and configured them to provide a fully virtualized, clustered environment. ATS also implemented a storage area network (SAN) composed of three IBM System Storage™ DS6800 disk systems. Following the hardware implementation, Welch’s contracted ATS for ongoing support. ATS delivered a highly available, reliable and scalable virtualized solution to help Welch’s lower its operating costs and increase enterprisewide flexibility. With the System p5 servers’ virtualization technology, the client is able to rapidly add off-the-shelf software to its Linux environment. Additionally, Welch’s can run its Oracle reports on the new platform in only 43 minutes, achieving an excellent price/performance ratio by gaining 2.8 times the throughput at only 1.9 times the cost of its previous servers. By teaming with ATS, Welch’s benefited from the world-class knowledge and experience of an IBM Business Partner systems integrator.
  • This case study shows how The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt implemented two IBM Power ™ 570 servers running IBM AIX ®, IBM PowerVM ™ Dynamic Logical Partitioning and Micro-Partitioning, and IBM System Storage ™ DS4800 to improve performance, scalability and availability.
  • Energen Corporation (Energen) is among the top 20 independent exploration and production companies based its U.S. oil and gas reserves. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Energen has averaged more than 30 percent annual growth in earnings and total shareholder return over the last five years. Its regulated business, Alabama Gas Corporation (Alagasco), is the largest distributor of natural gas in Alabama, serving around 455,000 customers. Energen was facing performance and support issues for its SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning) application, which was running on midrange Sun Solaris servers. The company wanted to reduce the total cost of ownership—in particular by cutting its licensing costs for the Oracle databases supporting its SAP system—and to stop the sprawl of servers in its data center by using virtualization technology. Because of deteriorating system performance and worsening support from its IT vendor, Energen wanted to refresh its midrange server environment, which had grown to 20 machines, which represented a significant investment in both hardware and software licenses. Energen consolidated 20 Sun servers to two IBM System p5™ 570 servers and migrated its entire SAP ERP environment—including functionality for financials (accounts receivable and accounts payable), human resources and payroll—onto the new IBM servers. IBM contributed toward the cost of the migration and consolidation of the SAP software, which was carried out with the assistance of consultants certified by SAP. IBM Business Partner Mainline Information Systems put together an analysis to show how moving to virtual servers on System p5 technology could significantly cut Oracle licensing costs in addition to reducing hardware costs. By consolidating its SAP and Oracle environment onto virtualized System p5 servers, Energen was able to reduce its software licensing costs by 40 percent, which contributed to the US$500,000 in annual savings the client achieved by migrating to the System p platform for its SAP environment. The migration has given the client a more compact and efficient infrastructure that combines significantly lower capital and operational costs with better performance and flexibility. Since going into production with the new platform, the client has experienced no unplanned outages. In addition, the consolidation consumes significantly less floor space and power.
  • Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC) is the second-largest bottler of Coca-Cola products in the United States, operating in 11 states. CCBCC enjoys net sales of more than US$1.4 billion. CCBCC planned to upgrade its SAP landscape, and prior to the upgrade it decided to shift to Unicode and a new database in anticipation of new SAP production releases. It sought a database that could help it reduce costs and to optimize performance and manageability in its SAP environment. Prior to the SAP upgrade, CCBCC converted to Unicode and migrated from Oracle to the IBM DB2 ® 9 database with the deep compression feature. Migrating to the IBM DB2 database in conjunction with an SAP software upgrade and Unicode conversion enabled CCBCC to avoid duplicating project tasks such as backup and testing, and it helped keep the cost of the migration as low as possible. The migration project for the entire SAP R/3 Enterprise software landscape took eight weeks in total, including two test iterations for the 1TB production database. Combining the Unicode upgrade with a database migration paid off for CCBCC - enabling it to leverage synergies throughout the whole migration process and to eliminate the duplication of processes such as backup and testing. The transfer of database management skills from Oracle to the DB2 database also went smoothly for CCBC, which had strong in-house Oracle skills. Overall, by moving to the DB2 database in its SAP upgrade, CCBCC achieved the following benefits: - Lower TCO - Forty percent reduction in database size - Better performance - manufacturing runs are over 65 percent faster - Better integration of the database in SAP tools - Reduced database administrator workload to manage and administrate the DB2 database
  • The Würth Gruppe is one of the worldwide leaders in fastening, fixing and assembly systems, including screws, dowels, plugs, chemical products, furniture, construction fittings, tools, stock keeping and picking systems. It employs more than 5,000 people in 86 countries and records and annual turnover of €7.7 billon annually. The growing company operates a wide range of SAP applications and had extended its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system continuously over the years to meet the demands of its customers and an increasing transaction workload. Its server technology was approaching its limits and upgrading it was not economically viable. The company wanted to upgrade its ERP applications to SAP ERP 6.0 software, which would require an increase in overall computing capacity. Würth also ran SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence and SAP NetWeaver Portal components. An automated operation, Würth needed a highly available platform that would enable the SAP applications to remain online during business operations—24 hours a day, five days a week (24x5). Würth settled on six IBM Power 570 servers featuring IBM POWER6™ processors, each running 16 CPUs and 300 gigabytes of memory. The Power 570 servers offered new functionalities that helped optimize the SAP applications, the decimal floating-point feature of the POWER6 processor, being an example—helps significantly improve processing times whenever SAP applications use the datatype for calculations. Würth knew that in some SAP benchmarks, POWER6 processors could provide twice the performance of systems based on x86 processors with the same number of cores, as well as a 50 percent increase in performance over the IBM POWER5+™ processor. The company’s applications were distributed across the servers in logical partitions (LPARs), so IBM PowerVM™ technologies were deployed to increase utilization, improve performance, lower energy consumption and reduce hardware costs. Würth deployed four IBM High Availability Cluster Microprocessing (HACMP) clusters to provide failover protection, should a server experience an outage. Würth is now able to conduct planned outages without interrupting end users or disrupting the SAP applications. Harald Holl, head of systems technology at Würth says, “The introduction of POWER6 virtualization technologies, HACMP, PowerVM Live Partition Mobility and Virtual I/O server will contribute to increased resilience, improved reliability and enhanced SAP application response.” The IBM solution improves SAP application performance by 30 percent and enables the company to plan system downtime without any service interruption to users. And planned application outages for hardware and firmware maintenance and upgrades can be avoided by moving the partitions to an alternate server, while workloads running on servers that require maintenance can be moved to another server until repairs are completed. The capabilities of PowerVM technology provides systems management flexibility and improved systems availability.
  • IBM clients or prospective clients: Please contact your IBM representative for more details about this reference. IBM presenters: For more information, refer to appropriate contacts in the IBM client reference database at http://w3-3.ibm.com/sales/ssi/crmd.html . IBM Business Partner presenters: Add your company's references or search for references in the PartnerWorld client reference database at http://partners.boulder.ibm.com/src/partnerrefs.nsf/HomePage?OpenForm ] Bharti Airtel grows at a stunning pace by keeping its focus on the customer – through strategic outsourcing with IBM http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=RF&subtype=CS&htmlfid=JSTS-7C6M6P&appname=crmd BACKGROUND: Based in New Delhi, Bharti Airtel is India's largest private sector telecom operator, with a strong presence in mobile communications, fixed line services, and domestic and international long distance services. Bharti Airtel is India's sixth-largest company by market capitalization, with more than 57 million customers and $4.2 billion in annual revenues in 2007. As a leading Indian telecom company, Bharti Airtel is in a fertile environment for explosive growth; with a large, young and tech savvy population, an economy whose growth rate is second only to China and telephone penetration of just seven percent, demand for communications services in India is high. Market growth has outstripped forecasts, and no operator has been better poised to capitalize on this opportunity than Bharti Airtel. CHALLENGE: Bharti Airtel needed to maximize flexibility and growth potential by adopting a business-driven framework for integration, allowing it to implement and deliver new services rapidly. With competition intensifying in the Indian telecom services market, Bharti Airtel needed to find a way to focus on developing new services that could set it apart from the competition and strengthen its customer relationships. Bharti Airtel also needed to make major investments in IT infrastructure to service its growing base of subscribers. In addition to the inherent risks of a large fixed investment, Bharti Airtel faced an added financial risk from a steady decline in India's average revenue per user (ARPU) for mobile telecom services, the result of government mandated pricing changes. Thus, while Bharti Airtel realized that it was essential to invest in its future growth, factors unique to the Indian market increased the risks of making capital investments. SOLUTION: Bharti Airtel entered into a comprehensive ten-year agreement with IBM to transform its processes and take on the management of its IT infrastructure. A key driver of Bharti Airtel's decision to outsource its IT activities to IBM was the desire to channel its internal energies and resources into capitalizing on a spectacular market opportunity rather than on the enabling platforms needed to do so. IBM has continually invested in the optimization and consolidation of Bharti Airtel's infrastructure—key components of which include IBM System p and System x servers as well as IBM TotalStorage® Enterprise Storage Servers. IBM Global Technology Services performs ongoing software maintenance and development, while IBM Strategic Outsourcing provides installation services, help desk services and the ongoing management of Bharti Airtel’s IT environment. The new platform provides a standardized framework for Bharti Airtel to integrate its channels and customer-facing processes—enabling a more seamless customer experience, higher customer satisfaction and more profitable growth. By integrating the account activation process with systems such as billing, provisioning and order management, Bharti Airtel was able to cut the time required to activate new mobile accounts. The integration framework also led to stronger business intelligence capabilities, which enabled the company to maximize the value of their customer relationships through cross selling and market segmentation. BENEFITS: Ability to process 1.5 million new customers per month • Improved cross-selling and targeting and a more seamless, efficient total customer experience through end-to-end integration of customer-facing processes • Optimization of business processes and infrastructure through flexible, standardized integration framework • Outsourcing of technology enables Bharti Airtel to focus resources on growing the business • Flexible pricing model enables Bharti Airtel to avoid major increases in capital expenditures Reduction in the time required to activate new mobile accounts by 90 percent QUOTES: “ By working along with us to transform our go-to-market strategies and reinvent our internal processes, IBM has been a partner for the innovation that we see as essential in our ability to sustain our rapid growth.” Jai Menon, Group CIO, Bharti Enterprises and Director (IT & Innovation) Bharti Airtel "Our new strategy is all about delivering a truly differentiated experience, and having the flexibility to continually improve the customer experience.” Jai Menon “ It’s our ability to bring activation from four days to two hours, and our billing cycles from 15 days to two hours. It's our ability to handle more and more customers.” Jai Menon
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  • http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7D6MAU&appname=crmd SPAR Switzerland is the Swiss operating arm of SPAR Handels AG, Germany’s seventh largest grocery wholesaler and retailer. A marketplace leader, SPAR Switzerland maintains an annual growth rate of roughly 15 percent and generates annual sales of around €525 million. Based in St. Gallen, SPAR Switzerland employs 1,000 full-time staff. SPAR Switzerland had standardized several of its business operations on a suite of SAP applications, supported by IBM System p™ hardware. With the release of new SAP software boasting extended functionality, the organization realized that its existing infrastructure, while reliable, lacked the power to support with the upgraded SAP software. SPAR Switzerland wanted to update its server environment with the intention of leveraging advanced virtualization features to draw the most value from its planned SAP software upgrade. After running several benchmark tests, SPAR Switzerland chose to load the new SAP software onto a pair of IBM System p5™ 570 servers located in two separate offices. The organization leverages the platform’s IBM High Availability Cluster Multi-Processing (HACMP™) feature to protect its data. The client also leverages the virtualization features of the hardware to create eleven separate logical partitions (LPARs) for production, integration and test environments for the SAP software. At present, there are 500 named users accessing more than 1.6TB of SAP data that is hosted on an IBM System Storage™ DS8100 disk system. SPAR Switzerland uses the SAP software to support its core operations (e.g., finance and control, materials management, sales and distribution, warehouse management). The new IBM solution has enabled SPAR Switzerland to boost the performance of its SAP applications by 40 percent and to create a highly available environment that nearly eliminates downtime. In addition, the SAP software is now more responsive, with response times dropping from 500–600ms to 300–400ms. From this improvement alone, SPAR Switzerland estimates it has realized six-figure cost savings. As an added bonus, the new system is much easier to maintain, reducing administration, maintenance and operational costs.
  • Con Edison Driving demand reduction by promoting energy-efficient IT BUSINESS CHALLENGE: Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison), a regulated utility, provides electric service in New York City and most of Westchester County. Facing greater operational challenges in building out its infrastructure, a state-mandated 15 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2015 and a recognition of the need to reduce emissions, Con Edison needed to develop a demand-side management (DSM) program. For DSM to work, customers need a granular, timely way to measure consumption. However, only one in four IT managers has visibility into their data center’s energy consumption. Con Edison needed a way to provide customers with both visibility into consumption and expertise in designing data centers for maximum efficiency. SOLUTION: Con Edison and IBM formed a first-of-a-kind energy efficiency partnership that combines the complementary skill sets of an IT provider and energy services company, and delivers it to customers in a seamless, team-based manner. Sustained efficiency improvements are certified by an independent third party, Neuwing Energy Ventures, a leading verifier of energy efficiency projects and marketer of Energy Efficiency Certificates (EECs). Neuwing Energy conducts a thorough energy audit of the customer’s data center, establishing a baseline. IBM works with the customer to optimize the design of the data center, leveraging its expertise in data center energy efficiency and virtualization, as well as its industry-leading line of energy-efficient servers and storage devices and a range of advanced energy management products such as IBM Active Energy Manager software. Neuwing Energy conducts a follow-up energy audit and customers are then issued one EEC for each megawatt hour per year in reduced energy consumption. EECs can be traded for cash on the growing energy efficiency certificate market, or otherwise retained to demonstrate reductions in energy use and associated CO 2 emissions. Through server virtualization, the customers that have taken part in the program thus far have been able to increase utilization levels of their servers and storage devices, while freeing up valuable floor space in their data centers. BENEFITS Average of 42 percent reduction in annual data center energy consumption and associated costs Increase in environmental responsibility and sustainability Increased system utilization through data center virtualization and consolidation Ability to earn energy efficiency certificates to apply for demand reduction incentives or document progress toward sustainability targets More flexibility to pursue computing intensive business initiatives Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Ongoing Industry : Case study link Energy & Utilities Reference link
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  • VIEW/NOTES PAGE Mode – PRESS F5 or DOUBLE CLICK ON SLIDE TO VIEW SLIDE IN FULL SCREEN Leroy Merlin Companhia Brasileira de Bricolagem Synopsis: A home-improvement retailer in Brazil increases revenue by ten percent and decreases downtime by 40 percent when it aligns with IBM Global Business Services and engages IBM Global Technology Services - Worldwide Strategic Outsourcing to host business-critical applications and an IBM Tivoli solution as well as an IBM System p technology-based grid solution and IBM System p5 and IBM System x servers Customer Background : Headquartered in Lille, France, Leroy Merlin is a major home-improvement retailer with more than 300 locations around the world. In 1998, Leroy Merlin opened its first outlet in Brazil, called Leroy Merlin Companhia Brasileira de Bricolagem (Leroy Merlin Brazil). It runs 12 stores in various cities. Leroy Merlin Brazil employs more than 2,400 people in Brazil and earns approximately US$232.6 million in annual revenue. Business Need: Pursuing its corporate growth strategy, Leroy Merlin Brazil was preparing to grow very quickly. However, the retailer was not properly equipped with an IT environment to support such rapid growth. Leroy Merlin Brazil needed a more scalable and suitable enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution; it had been using the same system used by the rest of the Leroy Merlin enterprise, but its needs were different from the divisions in Europe and Asia. While the company clearly needed a new program, however, the technology department lacked the knowledge and time to evaluate business processes and determine the requirements for a more appropriate system. Further complicating matters, Leroy Merlin Brazil did not have an adequate hardware infrastructure to reliably support a new ERP system. The home-improvement retailer needed a centralized, highly available infrastructure to provide 24x7 system uptime for a new ERP solution. The company sought a competent IT solutions provider to spearhead the project. Solution Implementation: For the first stage of the project, Leroy Merlin Brazil engaged IBM Global Business Services to help it choose an ERP platform that would serve the company's present and future needs. Based on a recommendation from the Global Business Services group, the client chose the Brazilian software company Gemco to provide the new ERP system. IBM worked with the client to tailor the platform to its needs, and then it suggested that Leroy Merlin Brazil run the customized system on an IBM grid solution so that it could easily scale the software as necessary. Because the client had a team of only seven people available to perform strategic IT services, Leroy Merlin Brazil engaged IBM Global Technology Services - Worldwide Strategic Outsourcing to build, host and manage a grid solution to support its new ERP application. The Worldwide Strategic Outsourcing team deployed IBM System p5 servers as the foundation for an ERP computing grid, including a three-node grid to support the client's business-critical ERP application. Each node runs the Oracle 10g Real Application Clusters (RAC) cluster database. The system also hosts the company's LG Informática FPw payroll program, which is supported by Citrix Metaframe optimization software. Finally, the client installed IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Databases V5.1 and IBM Tivoli NetView V7.1 software onto all of the servers involved in the solution. It took just six months for the Worldwide Strategic Outsourcing team to implement the grid solution, which provides Leroy Merlin Brazil's 12 nationwide stores with access to the primary data center and business-critical applications for 12 hours per day via a wide area network (WAN). With the total IBM solution, the client can support approximately 900 users and 300,000 transactions per minute. Benefits: - Increased its revenue by ten percent - Reduced resource consumption by 30 percent - Improved customer satisfaction by 30 percent Decreased downtime by 40 percent. Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: Industry : External Complete/Ongoing Retail
  • 10/31/11 This organization is an independent IT company with nearly 200 employees that acts as the global service provider of IT and process management for its parent company. The company has service centers in Austria, the United States, Brazil, India and China. The company’s large paper and turbo divisions had been using a variety of SAP software for enterprise resource planning (ERP) and human resources (HR) functions that ran on 30 different servers and supported up to 5,000 users. The storage environment comprised five mixed Hewlett-Packard and IBM systems. To maintain its rapid growth pace, the company needed to drive business efficiency and cost-effectiveness by overhauling the hardware environment supporting its SAP software. The client engaged IBM Global Technology Services to migrate its SAP systems and databases from 30 physical servers onto 30 logical partitions (LPARs) on four IBM System p5™ 570 servers. One IBM System Storage™ DS8100 device stores Oracle database and SAP data as well as other server and application data, leveraging virtualization technology to provide a single pool of storage capacity that is simple to manage and easy to expand. The Global Technology Services team spent 12 months on the consolidation project, and it continues to provide ongoing services for the client. With the IBM solution deployed by the IBM Global Technology Services group, the client is able to use virtualization technologies to help it respond more quickly to dynamic business requirements. With an infrastructure that now contains fewer but higher-performing servers, the client enjoys an environment that is easier and less costly to manage, that improves employee productivity, and that reduces licensing and hardware costs by 20 to 30 percent.
  • This organization is a leading manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) pumps. The company also makes electric motors for the pumps and for separate merchandising. The manufacturer operates facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia to produce ten million pumps each year. Because the manufacturer planned to upgrade its existing SAP R/3 enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to the SAP ERP 2005 version, it needed additional processing power in its hardware environment. Its existing infrastructure comprised two IBM eServer™ pSeries® 690 servers located at its primary data center and disaster recovery site. Although the servers performed well, the company’s SAP ERP 2005 application was more demanding. Moreover, the manufacturer wanted to protect its data from power outages and catastrophic events by investing in a comprehensive backup and recovery program. The organization upgraded to two IBM eServer p5 595 servers using IBM Parallel Environment for AIX® 5L™ technology. The eServer p5 595 servers boast IBM Advanced POWER™ virtualization capabilities. To manage the business-critical eServer p5 595 servers, the client signed a contract with IBM Global Technology Services that includes technical maintenance and support of the servers, the AIX operating system and the IBM High-Availability Cluster Multiprocessing (HACMP™) arrangement. To protect its business-critical data, the client installed IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager for Databases V5.3 and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Enterprise Resource Planning V5.3 software, which back up and restore data in the event of a power outage or disaster. With the assistance of IBM technology and services, the manufacturer successfully operates one of the largest SAP R/3 Tier 2 implementations in the world, with more than 5,000 users who enjoy subsecond response time. By upgrading to the powerful eServer p5 595 servers, the client has been able to reduce operational expenses and improve process efficiency. In addition, the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager applications reduce business risk and eliminate the need for costly backup procedures and hardware. With the Tivoli software, the company gains peace of mind from knowing that its data is well protected and available whenever it is needed.
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  • Whirlpool Focusing on operational excellence as global growth shifts into high gear BUSINESS CHALLENGE: While globalization creates a host of new market opportunities for manufacturers, it also tends to intensify -- and in some cases redefine -- the terms of competition. Put simply, global manufacturers need to do a lot of things right to perform successfully on a bigger and more demanding stage. Given the core importance of scale-based efficiency in the global manufacturing business model, perhaps no need is more basic than the vigorous and consistent growth of the business, through organic means, acquisitions or both. Whirlpool conducted a top-to-bottom analysis of what it needed to do differently as a business to succeed. It framed its analysis by asking itself: How does a company that grew large as a U.S.-centric distributor for Sears transform itself into an even larger global consumer packaged goods company? While the company saw IT issues as part of the equation, it viewed business processes as the true focal point of its efforts. To this end, Whirlpool spent several months drilling down into the processes of each of its lines of business and benchmarked them against the industry. Among its key findings was the discovery that Whirlpool had roughly 100 separate instances of SAP running throughout the company -- a figure that, for all its IT implications, was seen first and foremost as an indicator of the gradual, yet unchecked proliferation of business processes that had occurred over time. Underlying the problem was a chronic and self-perpetuating cycle: because processes were largely unique to a particular line of business or manufacturing location, each incremental addition brought with it a unique set of metrics, product taxonomies, part numbers and other support systems, producing a highly heterogeneous environment that made optimization across the global enterprise next to impossible. SOLUTION: Whirlpool turned to IBM Global Business Services for help. To stay ahead of rising competition, Whirlpool is implementing best practices across all of its lines of business and integrating them to optimize its business processes across its entire global value chain. Becoming a more globally integrated enterprise enables Whirlpool to achieve "operational excellence" -- the delivery of the right product mix to local markets while maximizing the efficiency of its global operations, from R&D to retail merchandising. While broadly aimed at process standardization, the IBM role in Whirlpool Corporation's transformation was multilayered. Its first task was to establish a deep understanding of the company's key processes that would become a starting point for optimization efforts. With that established, IBM leveraged its process expertise and global track record in the consumer packaged goods space to begin laying out the groundwork for its future process framework. An important part of this effort was determining which processes were best suited to global deployment and which -- due to local market requirements -- would be best deployed regionally. As for the processes themselves, IBM is leveraging its broad portfolio of industry best practices, an intellectual asset that figured prominently in Whirlpool Corporation's selection of IBM. If there is a big picture to the company's transformation story, it is that the key to achieving operational excellence is in moving beyond the standardization of core business processes to actual value chain integration. BENEFITS Substantially reduced finished goods inventory Faster product development cycles Improved ability to focus on the most profitable products and features More effective allocation of trade partner incentives Optimized product merchandising Streamlined parts inventories through standardized parts taxonomies Improved ability to manage the company and optimize performance on a global basis by virtue of standardized business processes and performance metrics Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Ongoing project Industry : Case Study Link Electronics Reference Link
  • One of the top-rated public research universities in the United States, the University of Cincinnati (UC) is home to more than 35,000 students. Cooperative Education, in which students alternate periods of study with professional work, is a much imitated initiative that was instituted at UC in 1906. UC was operating on COBOL-based applications that resided on an aging mainframe. To deliver the administrative services that a university of its size was expected to provide, UC began looking for a new solution. It wanted to find a suite of financial and human resources (HR) applications that could provide new functionality and that could also help UC align its processes with best practices in the educational arena. UC chose the SAP ERP Financials solution, SAP ERP Human Capital Management (ERP HCM) application and SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence software for its enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation. IBM Global Business Services and IBM Business Partner Sirius were chosen to design and manage the project. The SAP ERP solutions were deployed on an IBM System p™ 670 server, and the SAP ERP HCM application was deployed on an IBM System p 570 server. IBM virtualization technologies enable UC to utilize the hardware more effectively and save on energy costs. IBM DB2® information management software is used as the database for the SAP application environment and IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager for Enterprise Resource Planning software is used to provide simple management of the entire environment. UC now has a modern, centralized ERP solution to handle its financial and human resources processes. It has begun migrating its applications from the mainframe onto the new, more cost-effective hardware and hopes to soon move its student information system off the mainframe as well, creating significant cost savings on hardware licensing and maintenance. Mark Young, director of infrastructure services group at UC says, “The IBM system p servers and the DB2 and Tivoli software form an ideal infrastructure for our new SAP applications.”
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  • 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Creating an e-commerce platform for the future Business Challenge 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, INC. is the world’s largest florist and gift shop, with revenues approaching US$1 billion. The company has a thorough understanding of the “gifting” market space in which it operates, and sees great potential for synergy by offering multiple specialty brands. The 1-800-FLOWERS.COM strategy has been to grow three ways: organic growth, internal business development and strategic acquisitions. Today, it has 14 brands that sell everything from popcorn to gift baskets to gourmet food and children’s gifts. The strategy has given 1-800-FLOWERS.COM a broad and diverse portfolio, but it also created a business challenge. To fully realize the benefits of its multibrand strategy, they must be unified behind the scenes, but as is usually the case, each new acquisition brought with it a different set of business processes and technology, resulting in a large number of siloed operations that were difficult to integrate. To better enable synergies between its 14 gifting brands, create greater business agility, and reach its goal of becoming one of the Top 10 among Internet Retailer Top 500 companies, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, INC. needed to replace multiple, diverse, siloed e-commerce systems with a unified technology platform. Solution To realize its vision of synergy among its 14 brands and meet ambitious growth goals, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, INC.—the world’s largest florist and gift shop—is deploying a single e-commerce platform. The solution, based on IBM WebSphere Commerce, is designed to replace multiple siloed systems. The platform, running on IBM Power Systems™ hardware, also has to integrate seamlessly with the company’s existing systems. The 1-800-FLOWERS.COM platform will remain in place, and most of the other brands will be migrated to the new WebSphere Commerce-based system over the coming year. In the interim, everything needs to continue functioning transparently. To accomplish this, the service-oriented architecture solution includes IBM WebSphere Message Broker and IBM WebSphere MQ, which form an enterprise service bus that ties the legacy systems together. Benefits - Enables more rapid creation and deployment of retail Web sites, allowing 1-800-FLOWERS.COM to try out new offerings with very little investment and risk - Facilitates cross-selling between brands by unifying the underlying technology - Provides the potential for information sharing across business units, opening up the possibility for more effective marketing to customers - Ensures a consistent look and feel across the company - Provides a rich, differentiated customer experience Reduces maintenance and development costs Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project : External Completed project Industry : Case Study Link : Retail Reference Link :
  • During the presale period, the IT manager for Lunender tested all of the IBM hardware against Hewlett-Packard/Compaq products. Across the board, the IBM hardware offered not only better performance, availability, security and reliability, but also the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). Moreover, the virtualization features of the IBM machines provide plenty of scalability and enable the client to align its IT systems with its growth needs. http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-79ZSY4&appname=crmd
  • Headquartered in Weiden, Germany, Constantia Hueck Folien GmbH & Co. KG develops, manufactures and markets flexible packaging products for the food and beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The company has manufacturing sites in Germany, Belgium and the United States, as well as a worldwide network of sales representatives. The company employs around 900 people. It achieved revenues of €181 million in 2006. Hueck Folien’s production processes are governed by its SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning) application, which interfaces with a manufacturing execution system and an e-procurement solution. Customers can place orders directly via electronic data interchange. To ensure that the company’s supply chain, production line and logistics are managed effectively, all three systems must remain online 24x7, which requires a highly reliable IT infrastructure. As Hueck Folien’s business demands grew, its existing support platform began to underperform. Hueck Folien wanted to move to a new platform that would offer greater performance, scalability and resiliency. IBM Premier Business Partner Profi helped Hueck Folien deploy two IBM System p5™ 550 servers to support a new SAP ERP application, which includes financial accounting, controlling, sales and distribution, materials management, production planning, human capital management, product lifecycle management and plant maintenance modules. Hueck Folien installed SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence software, which relies on the servers’ high-performance processors for excellent response times. The company also deployed two IBM System Storage™ N5200 disk systems, which facilitate high availability and system-level redundancy for the business-critical SAP applications. By helping to ensure that Hueck Folien’s SAP applications and other systems will remain available 24x7, the IBM infrastructure helps reduce risk for the business and helps facilitate the preservation of profit margins. In addition, the new solution offers considerable scalability and resiliency.
  • http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-7FGLNR&appname=crmd Located just north of Düsseldorf, Germany in North Rhine-Westphalia, Krefeld is home to 240,000 citizens. SWK Stadtwerke Krefeld AG (SWK) is the communal utility company for Krefeld, providing energy, water, natural gas, district heating, public transportation and waste management to the community. A long IBM and SAP shop, SWK’s IT department provides services for SWK, subsidiary companies and external clients. In the face new European Union (EU) regulations for utilities requiring separate IT environments for billing and general business processes, the company needed a new IT infrastructure that would increase the total IT workload. In addition, SWK wanted to modernize its SAP systems with project management and human resources applications, the SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence component, the SAP for Utilities solution portfolio and the SAP Waste and Recycling application. With the help of IBM Business Partner Comparex, SWK chose to implement two IBM System p5™ 590 servers with upwards of 18 logical partitions (LPARs) each. Half of the LPARs are dedicated to SAP production applications and the other half support shorter term projects, testing and quality assurance. To facilitate high availability, SWK operates two data centers, each with a System p5 server and an IBM System Storage™ DS8000 disk system for backup, archive and restore functionality. An IBM DB2® data server supports the SAP applications, and with the data server’s deep compression capabilities, SWK dramatically reduced the size of its SAP database. IBM Global Financing provided an attractive financing package for SWK that helped it keep within its relatively tight budget. The new infrastructure has enabled SWK to address the EU IT requirements for utilities, but the organization believes that the lasting value of the implementation is its ability to incorporate new workloads by introducing suitable resourced LPARs for each application from the existing processor capacity. With the deep compression capabilities of the DB2 data server, SWK has reduced the size of its SAP Business Intelligence database by 65 percent and its SAP ERP database by 45 percent. For all DB2 operations, database performance has increased by five percent. With the new SAP applications running on the IBM infrastructure, SWK has significantly improved customer satisfaction levels and enhanced the cost-efficiency and flexibility of its IT services.
  • Headquartered in Eschborn, Germany, Techem provides utilities meter-reading and billing services for 611,00 customers in 6.7 million households across Europe. Techem was planning to upgrade its SAP ERP application. The enterprise resource planning system upgrade would require a 400 percent increase in processing resources, which meant that the company needed to expand the capacity and performance of its existing IBM System p ™ servers. At the same time, Techem made the decision to migrate from the IBM AIX ® operating system to Linux ® to obtain a more stable, flexible and scalable environment. It also wanted to take advantage of virtualization and storage area networks (SANs) to improve system performance while reducing costs. With the help of IBM Business Partner SVA, Techem upgraded its existing System p servers from four to eight CPUs and added another server with eight CPUs. Partitioned to run both the IBM AIX 5L V5.3 operating system and the SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server V9 operating system, the servers support SAP ECC 5.0 and SAP CRM 4.0 software, along with an Oracle database. This new platform has enabled Techem to deploy 31,200 new SAP licenses. To ensure high availability and optimize resource utilization, the servers are clustered using IBM Tivoli ® System Automation software, Dynamic Logical Partitions (DLPARs), Micro-Partitioning, Partition Load Manager and Virtual I/O features. SVA also helped install a SAN based on IBM System Storage SAN Switches and DS4300 disk systems, bringing the storage capacity levels high enough to support the heavier workloads. Techem also adopted IBM System Storage ™ SAN Volume Controller software to virtualize its storage capacity. For centralized data backups, Techem deployed IBM Tivoli Storage Manager software. After working with SVA to implement the solution, Techem engaged IBM Global Technology Services to provide software maintenance and recovery services. The IBM infrastructure offers the performance, stability and capacity needed to support the upgraded SAP environment and can scale to support future growth. Techem benefits from the IBM System p5 ™ 570 servers’ 64-bit IBM POWER ™ processors and virtualization technology, which enable the company to run two operating systems on the same machine. And by implementing the SAN-based storage system, the company now has a large, centralized storage environment capable of scaling to meet future increases in SAP ERP workloads and storage demands. In addition, the Tivoli Storage Manager software provides a reliable, easy-to-use tool to automate backups of the critical SAP ERP data.
  • Peking University People’s Hospital Providing better, smarter healthcare with electronic, remote monitoring The need: PKUPH has participated in a community healthcare management system launched by the Beijing Xicheng District Healthcare Bureau in 2008. While the program, powered by IBM’s HBI (Healthcare Business Integration) information platform, enables cooperation and resource sharing among medical service providers, its reach is restricted solely to the Xicheng District, or the western part of Beijing. As a leading university hospital with top-caliber medical expertise, PKUPH is ambitious to serve a wider population and broader area. To meet its expansion objectives, PKUPH will need to connect to more community hospitals and healthcare centers in other districts of Beijing and potentially other cities of China. To that end, PKUPH knew it had to build electronic records of patients and a medical record system that could be shared with other healthcare providers to facilitate the integration of medical resources and the process of patient referral. In addition, PKUPH plans to provide more responsive, proactive care to patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. While it is not easy to cure chronic diseases, the hospital hopes to improve the patients’ general well-being and reduce or prevent acute attacks. The solution: PKUPH is moving forward with a first of a kind (FOAK) project that aims to enhance the quality and efficiency of medical services. Supported by IBM Research, China, and leveraging the proven technology of IBM DB2, FileNet BPM, WebSphere Message Broker, WebSphere Portal Server and EMPI, IBM Global Business Services is helping PKUPH implement a service-oriented architecture (SOA) for managing patients’ electronic health records. The platform and its integrated procedures will enable the interconnectivity and interoperability of patients’ health records among partnering healthcare providers throughout treatment cycles. All the medical files will follow local and international standards, such as HL7 RIM, CDA R2 and IHE XDS, to ensure seamless exchange of data in the future. The spirit of evidence-based patient-centered collaborative care is also being instilled into the management of chronic diseases. Clinical guidelines regarding use of medicine, potential risks and so on are encoded as part of the industry-standard process to enhance clinical decision support. In order to allow PKUPH to provide timely diagnosis and treatment to patients with chronic diseases, the CRL is implementing IBM’s advanced clinical process management technology, building into the platform telemedicine functionality that leverages mobile telecommunications and real-time messaging alert services. In the future, vital signs of patients such as blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar level will be constantly monitored by mobile devices at their homes and fed into the system immediately. Any occurrence of irregularity will automatically trigger an instant alert notification to PKUPH for prompt response. What makes it smarter: - Currently, patients’ medical records are scattered across various hospitals, community clinics and township healthcare centers, and even in different systems within one organization. The solution’s functionality will create longitudinal electronic health records of patients, allowing personalized health assessment and treatment for patients based on their individual medical circumstances. Starting from early 2011, the new service will be rolled out at selected hospitals and community clinics. - PKUPH will target diabetic patients as the first batch of participants in the chronic disease management program. The system is a viable preventive measure in stemming acute attacks as it will monitor whether a patient is following his treatment plan or returning for outpatient visits regularly. It is also very responsive. Patients’ blood sugar, blood pressure and heart rate data will be stored and analyzed. When changes in these vital signs happen for a sustained, pre-determined period of time, the system will automatically generate an alert to the patient and his medical specialists to enable immediate actions. With continued monitoring and real-time alert capability, the solution will help mitigate the development of the patients’ conditions, reduce acute attacks, and improve their quality of life. Instrumented: To enable exchange of medical data, the health record platform is equipped with file adaptors, such as CDA (Clinical Data Architecture) adaptor, which can convert disorganized files into standardized, interoperable formats. In addition, a mobile widget will be made available to patients with chronic medical conditions. When a diabetic patient, for example, uses blood pressure and blood sugar test kits at home, the data will be sent out from the widget and fed into PKUPH’s centralized platform. Interconnected: Through the project, PKUPH aims to consolidate 7-8 internal systems as well as connect more closely with other medical service providers. The system will enable all the participating institutions to share and exchange medical data smoothly. Intelligent: By embedding evidence-based medicine capability into the chronic disease control mechanism, the solution will benefit doctors and patients. Diagnosis and treatment will become more efficient, and mistakes will be minimized, assisted by automatically-generated suggestions and warnings on medical procedures and prescriptions based on patients’ health records and symptoms. Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Ongoing project Industry : Healthcare
  • http://w3-01.ibm.com/sales/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=CR&subtype=NA&htmlfid=0GLOS-838RR6&appname=crmd Business challenge The company needed to introduce double-entry bookkeeping within three years, making a rapid implementation critical. Its objectives were: Launch double-entry bookkeeping in accordance with the latest statutory requirements Set up a future-safe, flexible IT platform for hosting SAP applications Establish Linux as a strategic operating system platform Ensure fail-safe operation of the SAP production systems that it hosts Consolidate an existing SAP system for facilities management onto the new platform Integrate the new landscape into the existing systems management environment, especially for backup/restore and monitoring purposes. Solution Four years ago, IBM Global Services - Global Business Services began assisting the city administration with the introduction of double-entry bookkeeping by implementing standard SAP ERP software, along with a preconfigured SAP template. As the general contractor, IBM was in charge of project management and project launch. Datenzentrale Baden-Württemberg (DZ BW) was involved in implementing the double-entry bookkeeping solution as a partner and subcontractor. IBM Global Technology Services - Integrated Technology Services provided the design and implementation of the infrastructure, SAP Basis and associated middleware. IBM Business Partner SVA System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH supplied a flexible and scalable consolidation platform for the application landscape that included two IBM Power 570 platforms and IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller technology. Once the hardware was supplied, IBM Global Technology Services and the IBM Enterprise Linux Services (ELS) team assisted the company with the finer details of the complex implementation and assumed partial responsibility for implementing the basic technical system. A modern storage area network (SAN) infrastructure was established as the first step. The next involved installing the SAP systems and high-availability clusters, with Linux as the operating system. The requirements for the new system environment were first specified in architecture workshops. The system design was then undertaken and the LPAR layout was defined. In the process, a number of availability requirements for the environment led to changes in the distribution of logical systems or virtual machines from the original plans. Due to the very high flexibility of the IBM PowerVM virtualization technology and the I/O subsystem used, this did not have a negative influence on the original system design and hardware configuration. To achieve the high SAP application availability required, the IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms cluster solution was implemented. The product is partly characterized by a very powerful, rule-based configuration mechanism that permits simple and flexible mapping of dependencies and groupings of cluster resources. This makes it easier to automate complex application landscapes such as the SAP environment. Benefits This database consolidation and virtualization has achieved the maximum possible system capacity utilization. Thanks to Capacity on Demand (CoD) and virtualization in the SAN area, a flexible response to additional resource requirements is possible without hardware expansion. As the application servers continue to be run on upstream Citrix terminal servers using IBM BladeCenter servers running Microsoft Windows operating system, there has been no change to the user experience. The new solution also helped the company: Enjoy the benefits of the easy integration of IBM Power platforms and an open SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system in terms of performance, hardware stability and scalability, as well as the flexibility delivered by PowerVM virtualization technology Achieve synergies by running SAP and non-SAP applications on the same hardware, thereby reducing energy requirements by retiring old physical servers, improving overall capacity utilization and dynamic load-sharing by means of workload consolidation and PowerVM resource sharing, and saving on IT peripherals through I/O virtualization in the server and hard disk area Enable a swifter response to changing customer requirements, making it easier to adapt to user and application growth, and enabling rapid activation of new SAP instances.
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  • Headquartered in Eschborn, Germany, Techem provides utilities meter-reading and billing services for 611,00 customers in 6.7 million households across Europe. Techem was planning to upgrade its SAP ERP application. The enterprise resource planning system upgrade would require a 400 percent increase in processing resources, which meant that the company needed to expand the capacity and performance of its existing IBM System p ™ servers. At the same time, Techem made the decision to migrate from the IBM AIX ® operating system to Linux ® to obtain a more stable, flexible and scalable environment. It also wanted to take advantage of virtualization and storage area networks (SANs) to improve system performance while reducing costs. With the help of IBM Business Partner SVA, Techem upgraded its existing System p servers from four to eight CPUs and added another server with eight CPUs. Partitioned to run both the IBM AIX 5L V5.3 operating system and the SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server V9 operating system, the servers support SAP ECC 5.0 and SAP CRM 4.0 software, along with an Oracle database. This new platform has enabled Techem to deploy 31,200 new SAP licenses. To ensure high availability and optimize resource utilization, the servers are clustered using IBM Tivoli ® System Automation software, Dynamic Logical Partitions (DLPARs), Micro-Partitioning, Partition Load Manager and Virtual I/O features. SVA also helped install a SAN based on IBM System Storage SAN Switches and DS4300 disk systems, bringing the storage capacity levels high enough to support the heavier workloads. Techem also adopted IBM System Storage ™ SAN Volume Controller software to virtualize its storage capacity. For centralized data backups, Techem deployed IBM Tivoli Storage Manager software. After working with SVA to implement the solution, Techem engaged IBM Global Technology Services to provide software maintenance and recovery services. The IBM infrastructure offers the performance, stability and capacity needed to support the upgraded SAP environment and can scale to support future growth. Techem benefits from the IBM System p5 ™ 570 servers’ 64-bit IBM POWER ™ processors and virtualization technology, which enable the company to run two operating systems on the same machine. And by implementing the SAN-based storage system, the company now has a large, centralized storage environment capable of scaling to meet future increases in SAP ERP workloads and storage demands. In addition, the Tivoli Storage Manager software provides a reliable, easy-to-use tool to automate backups of the critical SAP ERP data.
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  • Started in San Francisco in 1999, the company made almost no money that first year but grossed US$1.6 million the second year —an indication of the growth that was to come. A commitment to providing an unprecedented level of customer service that includes free shipping both ways and a 365-day return policy has put Zappos.com on track to earn US$1 billion in gross merchandise sales during 2008. Zappos.com’s early years were spent in a small house in San Francisco above a restaurant. At the time, the entire IT operation consisted of several off-the-shelf “white boxes”. As the company began to grow, it became increasingly challenged with maintaining around-the-clock availability and providing a speedy customer experience. So Zappos.com turned to IBM Premier Business Partner, Sycomp, which introduced the company to systems using the IBM POWER™-based architecture. Specifically, the 570 with building blocks so they could add capacity as required to stay a step ahead of customer, and processing demand. So, what’s next? Zappos.com is preparing to take advantage of PowerVM technology with two Power 550s with POWER6 technology. Kris has told us he’s excited to use Live Partition Mobility.
  • Client Name: Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien Subtitle: Enhances business analytics and forecasting German winemaker Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien, whose name refers to the little red riding cap logo on the company’s main sparkling wine brand, was founded in 1856 in Freyburg, Germany. Today, the company’s 528 employees produce wine, spirits and a variety of other drinks under brands such as Geldermann, Rotkäppchen, Mumm, Jules Mumm, MM Extra, Kloss and Foerster, Chantré, Mariacron, Echter Nordhäuser and Eckes Edelkirsch. In 2009, the company reached record earnings of €778 million, up from €740 million the preceding year. Rotkäppchen is the market leader in sparkling wine in Germany, controlling more than 43 percent of the market.   The Need: The company acquired Eckes Spirituosen & Wein in December 2006. Initially, the two operations ran side by side, but the parent company wanted to fully integrate the data, systems and processes of Eckes into the Rotkäppchen SAP ERP infrastructure to reduce costs and increase efficiency across the business.   To support the increased number of users and the larger volume of data in the SAP environment, Rotkäppchen needed to refresh its hardware infrastructure. At the same time, the company wanted to enhance business intelligence to improve the accuracy of forecasting and production planning.   The Solution: Working with IBM Global Technology Services, the company upgraded its IBM i environment, running production instances of SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse on an IBM Power Systems i550. The company uses an IBM Power 520 Express solution to run its SAP test, development and quality assurance instances as well as its SAP Solution Manager. An IBM System Storage TS3100 tape library is used for backups. To improve business intelligence, the company selected IBM Cognos software. Accessed via desktop client applications running in a Microsoft Windows environment, the Cognos software facilitates sales volume planning, rolling three-month volume forecasting and annual customer profitability planning. Account managers can enter sales estimates into the Cognos tools, making adjustments on a month-to-month basis. This rolling forecast feeds into the production planning solutions. As a result, managers can balance the company’s stock positions, actual and predicted sales, and marketing promotions to optimize efficiency. Business results are fed continuously back into the sales forecasting tool for the next monthly rolling forecast.   What Makes it Smarter: Intelligent: Business results are continuously fed back into the sales forecasting tool for the next monthly rolling forecast, generating a positive feedback cycle to optimize business performance. Instrumented: Sales estimates are captured into IBM Cognos tools from point-of-sale devices, barcode scanners and market research from external vendors, such as A.C. Nielsen. Interconnected: The solution extracts data to create forecasts, distributes data to production sites and makes data available to business intelligence and data warehousing applications.   Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project : External Win/Ongoing project/Completed project Industry : Food and beverage  
  • APPROVAL: 9/9/09 Per client, this slide is approved for use in customer/prospective customer decks but may not be used in any press releases. Elie Tahari Ltd. New Intelligence BUSINESS CHALLENGE: Clothing retailer Elie Tahari has come to define modern sophistication with collections of understated grace and elegance. It is a privately held corporation with a global presence in more than 40 countries and with more than 600 stores in the United States. Elie Tahari had its order, sales, inventory and financial data spread across the company, making it difficult for managers to access the information needed to make critical business decisions quickly. Managers couldn't identify which products were in the greatest demand, resulting in the company overstocking its warehouses with less-popular items, while the hottest items remained on back order. SOLUTION: Elie Tahari needed to move from ad hoc query/OLAP to scorecards, dashboards, enhanced visualization, and predictive modeling to enable users to mine and access data on their own while maintaining standards, quality and consistency. To do so, the following solution components were implemented: IBM Cognos 8 IBM System i IBM Cognos Framework Manager To enable effective operations decisions, increased growth, constrained costs and improved profits, Elie Tahari needed to provide employees timely access to trusted information across the enterprise. Previously on a reporting platform known as "InSeam" and a Sky Web-based BI solution, Elie Tahari deployed a near real-time enterprise BI solution – “Tahari Real Time Environment for Data” (TREND) – as its framework for combining business objectives, organizational requirements and technology infrastructure. Elie Tahari created an Operational Data Store (ODS), a staging area for all the data from all its systems in one central place. The data warehouse is then loaded from that staging area. The BI tool reads the data from the data warehouse and presents it to the user in form of reports and or graphs. BENEFITS Improves visibility into business activity, enabling deeper insight into customer needs, targeting of new customers and better inventory forecasting Provides real-time access to business-critical information, driving faster responses to marketplace demands and business challenges Helps achieve a significant competitive advantage in the industry, boosted sales, and cut operational costs Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Completed project Industry : Retail
  • Jo L.  Kilander Territory Sales Rep - ND USA Phone: 1-701-280-9808 Fax: 1-701-280-9815 Tie Line: 569-9808 Jo Kilander /Fargo/IBM@IBMUS [email_address] Border States Electric IBM clients or prospective clients: Please contact your IBM representative for more details about this reference. IBM presenters: For more information, refer to appropriate contacts in the IBM client reference database at http://w3-3.ibm.com/sales/ssi/crmd.html IBM Business Partner presenters: Add your company's references or search for references in the PartnerWorld client reference database at http://partners.boulder.ibm.com/src/partnerrefs.nsf/HomePage?OpenForm ] Find the complete reference here: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/success/cssdb.nsf/CS/STRD-7KUMV2?OpenDocument&Site=default&cty=en_us For more information on Border States Electric: https://www.borderstateselectric.com/wps/portal For more information on the IBM SAP Alliance: http://w3-03.ibm.com/sales/support/information/sap/index.html IBM Power Systems story for Border States Electric: Industry: Wholesale distribution Applications: SAP R/3 4.7, SAP NetWeaver Portal Hardware: IBM Power Systems servers (System i 550 and i570); System x servers and BladeCenter HS20 and HS21 with Intel Xeon processors, IBM System Storage DS8100, Lenovo desktops and laptops Software: IBM i5/OS, IBM DB2 for i5/OS, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, IBM Lotus Notes, IBM Enterprise Content Manager, IBM WebSphere Portal, SUSE Linux, VMware ESX Server Services: IBM Global Business Services, SAP Consulting Border States Electric (BSE) provides a wide range of products and services for the construction, utilities, data communications and industrial sectors. It stocks more than $120 million of inventory and has extensive capabilities in terms of logistics and supply chain management services. Headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, the company has 51 locations across the USA and Mexico, and employs 1,200+ people. Working with IBM Global Business Services and SAP Consulting, Border States Electric implemented ERP applications from SAP on the IBM Power Systems platform with IBM i, later adding IBM System x and IBM BladeCenter platforms. The solution is integrated with numerous third-party applications and the company’s IBM WebSphere Portal implementation. Sales have increased by 300 percent and profits 500 percent since initial SAP R/3 implementation in 1998, helping to deliver a full return on investment. Improved accounting processes and hardware infrastructure accelerate month-end reporting by 95 percent. Enhancement of EDI means over 60 percent of vendor invoices can be processed automatically. Reliable IBM Power Systems servers deliver near-100 percent uptime. Customer quotes: “ The combination of the powerful virtualization features, the unbeatable reliability and the fact that DB2 is fully integrated with the operating system makes IBM Power Systems with IBM i the perfect choice for our SAP application landscape.” “ The interoperability between IBM WebSphere Portal, which is our main corporate portal, and SAP NetWeaver Portal, which enables customers to interact directly with the ERP applications, is really seamless.” “ Many companies regard expenditure on technology as a black hole, but technology from SAP and IBM has helped us prove that it can be quite the opposite.” Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for this flagship reference: Machine Efficiency: month-end financial reports are available on the next day; this used to take 15-20 days (=93% to 95% faster); Customer Satisfaction: quicker delivery – over 60% of invoices are now processed by EDI, which means quicker transactions and quicker delivery; reduced down time – nearly 100% uptime with System i more revenue – sales increased 300% since 1998 (first SAP implementation), and profits 500%; better return on investment – 37% per year, so total RoI in 2.5 years, TCO savings - $30m over 9 years
  • Alpha Bank Group has more than 600 branches in Greece and across southeastern Europe, with offices in New York, London and the Channel Islands. Its London operations, Alpha Bank London, employ around 75 people in a number of different business units offering banking and investment products. Aiming to make its IT architecture more efficient and manageable, Alpha Bank London decided to consolidate the systems of its U.K.-based subsidiaries in its London data center. Alpha Bank London also planned to upgrade its banking software to Financial Objects ibis s2 software. For both objectives, the bank needed a reliable, security-rich platform that could support time-sensitive financial transactions and live up to stringent high availability standards. Alpha Bank London implemented a new hardware infrastructure based on an IBM System i® 520 platform, choosing it in part because of the security and flexibility of its architecture. The bank was able to install separate instances of the new Financial Objects application on the System i platform using its logical partition (LPAR) capabilities and virtualization technology. Meanwhile, IBM BladeCenter® HC10 servers run the front-end application and SQL databases. Alpha Bank London uses IBM InfoSphere™ Change Data Capture software to integrate the databases and IBM iCluster® for i software to help ensure high availability. The response to the new solution has been overwhelmingly positive, from both IT staff and users. The new application, combined with the performance of the new System i platform, has dramatically reduced transaction processing time. And IT administrators now have fewer machines to manage, which means they spend less time and money on maintenance. Plus, the IBM technology provides the high availability, business resilience and enhanced security that the bank requires.
  • BUSINESS CHALLENGE: Not long ago, customers – both individual and companies – were delighted with the fast delivery services provided by air transport. They would choose ground transportation when the delivery didn’t need a definite arrival time. Today, customers are asking for the kind of time-definite deliveries for ground transportation that used to be exclusively for air transport So over the years, competition between carriers intensified and carriers had to transform their key processes – like package tracking for example – to meet the escalating expectations of customers. FedEx Ground – a major competitor in this industry – needed to ensure that its business systems were fast, reliable and flexible—and could meet the continuing, escalating processing demands. FedEx believes that constant improvement in delivery performance is a “must” both for its bottom line and those of its customers and they are striving to reach a “zero-defect” environment. SOLUTION: So, to achieve that, FedEx turned to IBM. And what did IBM do? They recommended IBM System I as the foundation for FedEx Ground operations for now and in the future The result has been a steady improvement in efficiency with packages moving through the system faster – and, FedEx Ground has been able to add a richer array of services for its customers. One of the things FedEx Ground is doing – a) because it now can and b) to differentiate by from its competitors – is the introduction of scheduled home delivery packages. It used to be that the package would arrive some time during the day – now, a customer is able to schedule when they want the package delivered. This new ability rests on the shoulders of ever-increasing data gathering – once gathered, it’s integrated into FedEx’s information backbone, automated sortation systems to make the millions of calculations needed to optimize package flow across their network. Think of it, for each of the nearly 3million packages picked up on an average day, the system is able to plot a specific path based on the data that was gathered. BENEFITS: Ken Spangler, the VP of IT at FedEX Ground, says that over the last few years, their composite service and quality performance has improved by more than 70% thanks in part to the processing speed, architecture scalability and system availability of the System i. He says that from a competitive standpoint, “we have become a better company every year.” The System I has enabled them to grow the scale of their environment while at the same time, become more nimble and resilient. -- That’s a great combination
  • IBM clients or prospective clients: Please contact your IBM representative for more details about this reference. IBM presenters: For more information, refer to appropriate contacts in the IBM client reference database at http://w3-3.ibm.com/sales/ssi/crmd.html . IBM Business Partner presenters: Add your company's references or search for references in the PartnerWorld client reference database at http://partners.boulder.ibm.com/src/partnerrefs.nsf/HomePage?OpenForm ] Groupe Mutuel Putting a premium on business flexibility by redesigning core processes Business Challenge: Based in Martigny, Switzerland, Groupe Mutuel provides a wide range of insurance services to more than one million customers. The approach that deeply defines Groupe Mutuel’s business model is the company’s effort to cultivate and maintain the strengths, character and identity of each of its 14 operating units within their respective locales. By maintaining a local presence — in terms of brand, customer service and other differentiating factors — Groupe Mutuel aims to preserve within each unit the qualities that made it successful to begin with. For this business model to work, however, Groupe Mutuel realized it needed to create a common set of optimized processes at the core of its operations, which would give the company the flexibility and efficiency it needed to win in the dynamic Swiss market. Solution: Groupe Mutuel turned to IBM Global Business Services (GBS) for assistance in designing its new process environment and for the flexible technology infrastructure needed to support it. GBS led Groupe Mutuel’s corps of internal business process experts and analysts through the IBM Component Business Modeling (CBM) methodology. The CBM methodology enabled Groupe Mutuel to gain a deep and fundemental view of how the company’s processes needed to work to enable maximum efficiency and competitive differentiation. Using the CBM as a roadmap, GBS helped Groupe Mutuel redesign and rebuild its core infrastructure with SOA capabilities, principally the ability to create a layer of abstracted services that can be easily redeployed in any of the company’s operations with little to no integration effort. The main enabler of this capability is IBM WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, which simplifies connectivity between Groupe Mutuel’s backend systems. At the hardware level, Groupe Mutuel consolidated a large number of its existing servers with IBM BladeCenter HS20 blade servers and a pair of IBM System p5 595 servers. The company’s older applications run on two IBM System i 595 servers, while storage is handled by IBM TotalStorage 3500 Tape Library devices. With the infrastructure foundation in place, GBS turned to the process side, providing Groupe Mutuel with guidance on business process transformation strategies that drew heavily from best practices from other IBM insurance engagements around the world. IBM is leading a series of change management seminars and workshops to propagate the benefit of process change more broadly to employees. The most important benefit of Groupe Mutuel’s work with IBM is that it makes a good business model even better. While Groupe Mutuel can continue to leverage the local market strengths of its individual units, the fact that it can do so on a foundation of flexible, standardized and lower-cost processes makes it a more nimble and efficient competitor. Benefits: Reduction in operational costs through the standardization of backend processes • Reduction in the time and cost of integrating new acquisitions via SOA-based integration • Increase in customer satisfaction and retention through reduction in reenrollment and claims cycle time • Reduction in time to market with new insurance products • Reduction in time required to comply with changing regulations • Improvements in the cross-selling and proactive customer management capabilities through a portfolio view of the customer Transformation at a glance: Groupe Mutuel fully capitalized on the changing market landscape through a series of successful acquisitions. By enabling the optimization of core processes across the entire business—while maintaining each business unit’s unique market identity—Groupe Mutuel’s new SOA enables the company’s operational efficiency to catch up with its rapid growth . Usage level : Win/Ongoing project/Completed project: External Complete Industry: Insurance
  •       
  • IIC-INTERSPORT International Corporation is the purchasing and management company of the INTERSPORT-Group. With its retail turnover of €8.37 billion and more than 4,900 associated retailers in 32 countries, INTERSPORT-Group has the worldwide leading position in the sporting goods retail marketplace. INTERSPORT Deutschland eG (INTERSPORT), part of the worldwide INTERSPORT International Corporation, is the cooperative for more than 1,500 sport outfitters in Germany. INTERSPORT wanted to extend and upgrade its SAP application landscape and needed a new infrastructure that would provide the capacity for growth in its business intelligence environment. INTERSPORT also required a high-availability platform that would keep its SAP systems online 24x7. In late 2005, INTERSPORT requested a proposal from IBM to renew the hardware for its SAP Business Warehouse (BW) environment because the current environment was no longer able to support the required workload with satisfactory performance. IBM took part in a comprehensive benchmarking exercise to demonstrate that an IBM System i5™ 570 and IBM System Storage™ DS8100 solution would meet INTERSPORT’s needs. After the exercise, the company worked with IBM Global Technology Services and IBM Business Partner Fritz & Macziol to implement the new infrastructure and upgrade its SAP applications. INTERSPORT replaced the SAP R/3 4.6C system with the SAP ECC 6.0 system, the SAP Customer Resource Management (CRM) 3.1 module with the SAP CRM 5.0 module, and the SAP BW 3.5 application with the SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (BI) 7.0 solution. After implementing the System i5 technology, INTERSPORT has a flexible, highly available, high-performance platform for its SAP solutions. The IBM server also delivers a scalable environment for the SAP business intelligence software. A disaster recovery concept that includes full data redundancy was implemented using two DS8100 storage servers, providing the client with peace of mind.
  • Client name: Mineralbrunnen Überkingen-Teinach AG Industry: Consumer Products Profile: A leading producer of mineral water and soft drinks in Germany
  • Client name: Hemas Holdings PLC Industries: Consumer products, healthcare, travel & transportation Profile: A diversified conglomerate in Sri Lanka composed of 20 subsidiaries spanning five key industry sectors
  • Client name: Ahlers AG Industry: Consumer products Profile: An international fashion conglomerate located in Germany with sales of €260 million annually

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  • 1. IBM Power Systems Client References IBM Power Systems February 2010
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  • 4. A Manhattan Bank Preventing fraud and criminal attacks in real time around the globe
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Power™ 595
    • IBM WebSphere™ Application Server
    • IBM Information Management System (IMS™)
    • Actimize fraud prevention solution suite
    “ This solution will enable the bank to react in real time, while learning and keeping ahead of criminal activity across all the bank’s business units.” — Paul Henninger, Head of Financial Crime Solutions - Actimize
    • The Need: A large international bank with a diverse business portfolio was vulnerable to fraud because its many legacy financial crime detection systems were expensive to run, lacked flexibility to respond to evolving threats and regulations, and did not leverage cross-channel information.
    • The Solution: The bank chose a solution from IBM and Actimize that will enable the bank to analyze data and prevent fraud in real-time, across various channels, such as the Internet, call center, cards, payments and ATM systems – leveraging a single, scalable and robust IBM and Actimize technology platform. The solution can learn from past fraudulent and criminal activity, enabling quicker detection of new fraud tactics.
    • What Makes it Smarter:
    • Using self-learning and complex analytic capabilities, the Actimize solutions can detect new and evolving criminal behavior and take preemptive action to prevent fraud and theft across all business units.
    • Giving administrators and other principals the insight they need by generating meaningful reports and helping the bank’s internal experts develop new proprietary fraud models.
    • The solution supports workflow and collaboration across the organization, helping to manage fraud investigations across the enterprise.
  • 5.
    • The Need Elie Tahari had its order, sales, inventory and financial data dispersed across the company, making it difficult for managers to quickly access data needed to make critical business decisions. Managers couldn't identify products in greatest demand, resulting in warehouses overstocked with less-popular items, with hot items on back order.
    • The Solution Using IBM Cognos BI 8 to front end to its centralized data warehouse, IBM Cognos Framework Manager to model interrelated data, and IBM Cognos 8 Event Studio for bursting sales performance reports, Elie Tahari implements new BI system built on IBM technology. Elie Tahari may now create new intelligence by presenting a unified view of all information available in different systems, which can then be put to use for smarter decisions around market demand and specific customer needs.
    • What Makes it Smarter
      • Improves visibility into business activity, enabling deeper insight into customer needs
      • Targeting of new customers and better inventory forecasting
      • Provides real-time access to business-critical information, driving faster responses to marketplace demands and business challenges
      • Helps achieve a significant competitive advantage in the industry, boosted sales, and cut operational costs
    Elie Tahari Ltd. New Intelligence
    • Solution Components
    • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence
    • IBM System i5 550
    “ Access to information that helps us understand and forecast what the consumer wants is vital, and technology that can help us do that will give us a strong competitive advantage .” — Elie Tahari, president and CEO, Elie Tahari Ltd.
  • 6. Peking University People’s Hospital Providing better, smarter healthcare with electronic, remote monitoring 90% The need: To meet its expansion objectives, PKUPH needed to create a shared electronic health record system among community hospitals and healthcare centers throughout Beijing. PKUPH also wanted to provide more responsive, proactive care to patients with chronic conditions, hoping to improve the patients’ general well-being and reduce or prevent acute attacks. The solution: PKUPH is working with IBM Research - China and IBM Global Business Services to implement a community-wide electronic healthcare record system based on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and international medical information standards. In addition, PKUPH is building into the platform telemedicine functionality that leverages mobile telecommunications and real-time messaging alert services.
    • What makes it smarter:
    • Continuous monitoring and real-time alert capability helps mitigate worsening of patients’ conditions, reduces acute attacks, and improves quality of life
    • Converts disorganized files into standardized, interoperable formats using CDA (Clinical Data Architecture) adaptor
    • Creates longitudinal electronic health records, allowing personalized health assessment and treatment based on individual medical circumstances
    “ With a particular focus on open standards-based interoperability of patient data, IBM’s solution can effectively facilitate patient referrals, enable test result exchanges, and improve prescription sharing for PKUPH.” -- Liu Fan, CIO of PKUPH
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Research - China
    • IBM GBS
    • IBM GBSC
    • IBM System p
    • IBM DB2 Administration Tool for z/OS
    • Linux - Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • IBM WebSphere Message Broker for Multiplatforms
  • 7. Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien Enhances business analytics and forecasting
    • Solution components:
    • SAP ERP
    • IBM ® i
    • IBM Cognos ® 8 Planning
    • IBM Cognos PowerPlay ®
    • IBM Power 520 Express
    • IBM Power Systems ™ i550
    • IBM System Storage ® TS3100 tape library
    • IBM Global Technology Services
    “ The breadth of IBM’s offering – including server and storage hardware, business intelligence software and technical services – helps Rotkäppchen get the most out of its SAP ERP environment and support the growth of its business.” — André Birrenbach, Chief Information Officer, Rotkäppchen
    • The Need:
    • German winemaker Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien needed to integrate the recently acquired Eckes Spirituosen & Wein into its central SAP ERP landscape. With a broader product range and a larger volume of products after the acquisition, the winery needed to increase sales forecast accuracy, customer profitability analysis and planning .
    • The Solution:
    • Working with IBM Global Technology Services, the company upgraded its IBM i environment and deployed a suite of IBM Cognos software. The software provides monthly rolling forecasts and real-time analytics. Ultimately, point-of-sale and market research data will be captured and integrated to provide almost continuous rolling sales and production planning forecasts.
    • What Makes it Smarter:
    • Feeds business results back into the sales forecasting tool for the next monthly rolling forecast, generating a positive feedback cycle to optimize business performance
    • Captures data from point-of-sale devices, barcode scanners and market research from external vendors
    • Extracts data to create forecasts, distributes data to production sites and makes data available to business intelligence and data warehousing applications
  • 8. SEA Aereoporti di Milano Intelligent loyalty program improves passenger service and airport experience
    • The need:
    • SEA, the company that manages the Milan Airport, wanted to improve passengers’ experience in the airport. By improving services such as faster check-in and seat assignment, passengers would have more time to spend in the shopping area.
    • The solution:
    • SEA worked with IBM to implement SEAMI, a customer experience and airport loyalty program. It provides a personalized passenger experience throughout the Milan Airport. The program is administered via a membership card, read by RFID readers in the airport. The system automatically loads customer purchase data, allowing customer segmentation, customer spending analysis and traffic management analysis.
    • What makes it smarter:
    • Enables SEA to target passengers/members with specific marketing promotions and opportunities based on the data analysis provided by the system
    • Can be used to manage retailers and rents based on traffic information gathered from readers throughout the airport
    • Provides personalized service and benefits to passengers/members, immediately and transparently, thanks to the RFID technology behind the solution
    “ Prior to SEA’s launch of the SEAMI loyalty program, passengers entering the airport were anonymous. Now, each member of the program is recognized upon entering the airport, and treated as a preferred guest, complete with recognition awards.” — Fabio Degli Esposi, CIO of SEA Milan Airports
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Global Services - GBS CRM, GBS Strategy & Change
    • IBM Power 520 Express, Power Systems running i
    • IBM SurePOS 300 Express
    • ISV ICTeam
  • 9. Newspaper & Media Group Media assets organized and managed for competitive advantage The need: The environment surrounding the newspaper business has become increasingly harsh. The long-established social role of delivering news reports and publicly recording history is being taken over by digital media. In response to identified trends in technology, content innovation, advertiser mindset and consumer lifestyle, this Newspaper & Media Group (NMG) decided on the construction of a new business infrastructure to enable innovation in its offerings. The solution: NMG’s new generation production system performs end-to-end production processes on a common infrastructure: editing, production, printing, etc. replacing totally separate environments for the various newspapers and media units. Core functions include automated workflow, tagging all raw materials in multiple ways and auto-distribution of materials based on identified preferences.
    • What Makes it Smarter:
    • Management can grasp where and what contents are being worked on at any point of time, and act to maximize value of media assets for its consumers
    • The ability to quickly find the right information across all media while it’s fresh, and use it to develop a suitable content, is a direct competitive advantage
    • Can allocate critical resources to quickly launch new media leveraging any existing information assets.
    Common infrastructure for all media with attribute tagging and auto-distribution of asset information enables active management for competitive advantage in the 7-24 news cycle
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Systems – BladeCenter, System p and System x servers and IBM Disk Storage
    • IBM Software – DB2 database, WebSphere Application Server, Tivoli monitoring and Rational Application Developer
    • IBM Global Business Services -Application Innovation Services
  • 10. Chinese Provincial Health Bureau Smarter information management improves public health services
    • The need:
    • The Chinese government unveiled a blueprint for healthcare reform that aims to provide affordable healthcare services for all its citizens. To realize the vision, this provincial health bureau needed to better manage its healthcare services, moving from an administrative-centric to patient-focused services model and providing dynamic resource allocation that best meets local needs.
    • The solution:
    • IBM helped the Health Bureau to establish an Integrated Healthcare Platform built upon a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). The platform enables the integration and standardization of previously siloed public health data, the creation of electronic health records for citizens, and serves as a database of medical experts and emergency resources.
    • What makes it smarter:
    • Improves disease prevention through automatic alerts when an infectious disease appears, enabling the Bureau to proactively prevent epidemics
    • Improves emergency response with embedded geographical information system (GIS), enabling the Bureau to identify medical experts near the affected area and effectively manage relief and aid logistics
    • Consolidated records and connected service providers enable the Bureau to make medical resources more evenly distributed and more effectively utilized
    The integrated platform is like the powerful thousand-hands-Buddha. With each hand connected to a key application, it is able to operate and expand its management capability to provide services to a fast growing population and cut cost at the same time.
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Global Business Services - S&C, ODIS
    • IBM Global Services - Application Services: GBS-AIS and AMS
    • IBM Software Services for Information Management
    • IBM DB2
    • IBM Linux
    • IBM WebSphere
    • IBM System p, System x, Power Systems
  • 11. SuperPharm Connects all of its six pharmacy stores and warehouse via a central server
    • “ With a framework and guidance from VAI and IBM, we revolutionized Trinidad ‘s pharmacy business.” — Christian Anderson, Chief Operations Officer, SuperPharm
    • Business challenge
    • To build the first retail superstores in Trinidad – traditionally a “Mom and Pop” retail environment -- SuperPharm sought an all-encompassing centralized management system with a robust architecture that required minimal maintenance and facilitated fast growth.
    • Solution
    • All stores are linked to a central server, providing instant access to real-time data on sales, purchases and inventory. The system compiles and analyzes sales by a variety of criteria at both the summary and detail level. The scalability of the solution will allow SuperPharm to easily transition from the six stores they have today, to the 20 they have plans to expand to.
    • Benefits
    • The system automatically tracks stock fluctuations and performs sales analysis, demand planning and forecasting for 15,000 stock items and 10,000 transactions daily. Analysis results trigger alerts with suggestions for immediate action and future consideration.
    • Reports on sales trends by item and location help management and purchasing agents make informed decisions to identify profitable and unprofitable products and determine appropriate stock levels.
    • Solution components:
    • IBM DB2® database
    • IBM WebSphere® Studio Workbench
    • IBM Power Systems™ server
    • IBM SurePOS terminals
    • IBM InfoPrint Model 1412 laser printers
    • VAI S2K Enterprise Retail
  • 12. Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC) Better predicts climate change by numerical simulations and data analysis
    • Business challenge
    • CMCC, a research center dedicated to studying climatology and mid- to long-term climate changes, aims at understanding the climate system at global scale, with an emphasis on the Mediterranean Region, seeking also collaboration among climate research organizations across Europe. The Center has built an open, advanced modeling system that could contribute to define climate change and its impacts in a variety of economic sectors.
    • Solution
    • Working with IBM Business Partner Computer Var, CMCC created a climate simulation platform that allows massive numerical simulations, data storage and analysis to create more accurate climate models. Users can then analyze this data to determine patterns and project future changes. The new modeling solution resides on clustered IBM Power™ 570 and IBM Power 575 server hardware supported by IBM System Storage™ DCS 9900 disk systems.
    • Benefits
      • Helps increase the accuracy of simulations and predicted climate changes by supporting more-complex trending and analysis tools
      • Allows integration of physical, chemical, biological and socioeconomic factors into climate modeling and impacts valuation
      • Establishes a clustered, remotely accessible modeling infrastructure, helping to foster interagency collaboration among researchers
    “ We need substantial computational muscle, and our clustered IBM environment enables us to effectively digest massive information, turning it into usable products.” — Antronio Navarra, President, CMCC
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Power™ 570
    • IBM Power 575
    • IBM System Storage™ DCS 9900
  • 13. China New Media Development Zone Improves facility management and customer service with wireless tracking solution
    • Business challenge
    • Xingguang Park (XGP) is a major television park in China. Numerous people, including movie stars, employees and visitors, enter the park daily. XGP asked service provider China New Media Development Zone (CNM) to build a wireless sensor network (WSN) in order to monitor the location of park entrants and ensure their safety. The system would enable XGP to better serve and guide visitors according to their registration level.
    • Solution
    • IBM Global Technology Services built a three-layer WSN on IBM System x ® 3650 servers. The sensor layer uses radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to track people and equipment in realtime; the monitoring layer uses digital cameras and wireless bulletin boards to track people and assets under defined policies; and the workflow layer connects the sensors and monitors to business applications and emergency command systems.
    • Benefits
    • Increases ability to monitor and manage personnel and visitors more efficiently with fewer resources
    • Provides a connection to asset awareness applications, guidance systems and emergency command systems
    • Improves ability to handle and ensure the safety of large crowds
    “ The IBM solution has made it possible for us to build a wireless network for Xingguang Park with RFID tracking that enables the park to increase the safety and services it offers its customers as well as improve park management with fewer resources.” — China New Media Development Zone
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Global Technology Services
    • IBM BladeCenter
    • IBM System x 3650
    • IBM System p5 550 Express
  • 14. Con Edison
    • Business Challenge New York utility Con Edison wanted to give its business customers more control over one of their biggest sources of power consumption – their data centers – by providing visibility into their energy consumption and expertise in designing data centers for maximum efficiency.
    • Solution IBM, in partnership with Neuwing Energy Ventures and Con Edison, is developing new energy demand side management programs to pave the way toward the greening of the data center in the New York metropolitan area. Key program elements include the ability to accurately monitor, control, report, cap, cost, and allocate energy consumption.
    • Benefits
    • Ability to visualize energy consumption provides customers with a 42 percent average energy efficiency gain
    • Ability to earn efficiency certificates to apply for incentives or document progress towards sustainability targets
    • Lower data center deployment costs through the use of pre-architected data center designs
    Paving the way toward the greening of the data center “ Con Edison is committed to helping its customers reduce data center energy consumption by leveraging the kind of new technologies and best practices that IBM brings to bear.” – Rebecca Craft, director of Energy Efficiency Programs, Consolidated Edison Company of New York
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM Global Technology Services – Data Center Assessments and Design Services
    • IBM Director Active Energy Manager
    • IBM BladeCenter®
    • IBM System p®
    • IBM System x™
    • IBM TotalStorage®
    • Neuwing Energy Ventures
  • 15. Fiserve / CheckFree Corporation More efficient data storage and management provide strategic assets for business growth Business challenge CheckFree Corporation, a subsidiary of Fiserv, supports electronic billing and payment (EBP) for thousands of financial institutions. The rapid adoption of EBP services led to the company’s processing of more than one billion trans-actions a year. CheckFree wanted to continue meeting its service level agreements (SLAs) while keeping operational costs down. It also wanted to leverage data and resources as strategic assets to foster business growth. Solution CheckFree contracted IBM to implement a comprehensive bill-payments data warehouse to optimize performance and productivity. Different sources across the company gather data—including consumer usage information, case and claim data, electronic billing information, and employee data—which is then processed by extract, transform and load (ETL) technology, and finally loaded into an IBM DB2 ® 9 data server. “ By upgrading to DB2 9, we recovered 2.3 terabytes of storage and deferred more than $1 million in storage expenditures during the fiscal year.” — Leroy Hill, Manager, Database Engineering, CheckFree
    • Solution components:
    • IBM DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX and Windows
    • DB2 Query Patroller
    • DB2 Data Partitioning Feature
    • IBM System p
    • Benefits
    • Improves data availability and performance while reducing the cost of ownership
    • Helps CheckFree’s clients understand consumer bill-payment habits and identify new marketplace opportunities
    • Defers significant expenses and improves database performance while maintaining SLAs by repositioning and reusing storage
  • 16. IBM Microelectronics Automates and optimizes production schedules with increased process visibility
    • Business Challenge
    • IBM had noted an opportunity to improve the efficiency of its production efforts at its semiconductor manufacturing facility in East Fishkill, New York. The site lacked a robust enough scheduling agent to effectively coordinate the multiple, intricate production processes while obtaining high utilization of capital intensive equipment. As a result, raw materials and manufacturing assets (such as the chemicals used in cleaning processes) were being inefficiently utilized, and time-sensitive procedures were being delayed.
    • Solution
    • The site integrated a near-real time optimization based scheduling system into its manufacturing execution system to drive more efficient management of site resources. Leveraging IBM Websphere ® software, the solution models existing business rules and creates optimal manufacturing schedules which are then automatically executed. Facility staff can also analyze these schedules over time to identify patterns and recommend process improvements
    • Benefits
    • Innovates scheduling processes by leveraging near-real-time business data to automate manufacturing processes
    • Obtain high utilization of capital intensive equipment while improving product quality thanks to increased visibility into manufacturing efforts
    • Cuts production cycle times and increases manufacturing throughput by optimizing resource and tool utilization
    “ By increasing visibility into our production processes, we can optimize schedules to respect our various priorities without wasting time or resources.” — IBM Microelectronics
    • Solution components:
    • IBM WebSphere ® ILOG JRules
    • IBM ILOG CPLEX
    • IBM ILOG JViews
    • IBM SiView
    • IBM DB2 ®
    • IBM System p ®
  • 17. Institut Català de la Salut (ICS) Taking a holistic approach to healthcare management with IBM and SAP
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM Global Technology Services
    • IBM Application Management Services
    • IBM Tivoli Storage Management
    • IBM pSeries with AIX & IBM Power 505 Servers
    • IBM BladeCenter
    “ This is something we could never do before – gain insight into how our healthcare-related processes interact with our operational and financial processes.” — Lola González, Chief Financial Officer, Institut Català de la Salut
    • Business Challenge
    • ICS is the largest healthcare provider in Catalonia, Spain. Coordinating both medical and support activities among its eight hospitals was a complex challenge, with separate, isolated systems for both operations and medical management.
    • Solution
    • With help from the IBM Global Business Services team, ICS implemented a suite of SAP ERP applications. The combination of SAP ERP for general business management and SAP for Healthcare provides a comprehensive range of integrated systems for ICS, where it is possible to control all operational processes from within a single environment.
    • Benefits
    • Savings on purchasing costs alone have produced an immediate 100 percent return on investment.
    • Doctors at any hospital can access complete patient charts and records, enabling them to diagnose and prescribe more easily
    • Patient safety is improved with end-to-end process management technology that mitigates human error
  • 18. Japan Airlines Raising the bar in the airline industry
    • Business challenge
    • To solidify its market leadership in the face of increasing passenger traffic and competition, Japan Airlines (JAL) needed a way to reduce the potential for costly service interruptions caused by IT system outages.
    • Solution
    • Working with IBM, Japan Airlines implemented an enterprise-wide IT issue tracking, change and configuration management solution – an industry first in Japan – that gives unprecedented visibility into JAL’s IT systems and dramatically reduces both the number and severity of IT outages. The new information that the solution provides, saves the airline millions of dollars, reduces risk and maintains JAL’s reputation as a reliable, premium air carrier.
    • Benefits
      • In the first year, dramatically improved overall quality of service by reducing system failures 58 percent, IT interruptions 39 percent, and downtime 80 percent
      • Improved overall quality of service by reducing outage-related operational delays
      • Provided JAL management with greater understanding of how IT affects its business through unprecedented visibility into the current state of its IT systems
    “ Thanks to this new information, never before available, we were able to dramatically demonstrate the importance of improved monitoring and management of the airline’s IT systems to the business side of the enterprise.” – IT Service and Planning Executive
    • Solution Components
    • Tivoli Monitoring ®
    • Tivoli Enterprise Console®
    • IBM System p ™
    • IBM Global Technology Services – Outsourcing Services
  • 19. LAENDmarKS Smarter Supply Chain: Gaining precision through end-to-end parts traceability
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM InfoSphere Traceability Server
    • IBM Power Systems
    • IBM System x3400
    • Business Challenge
    • With no means to trace defective parts to the subset of vehicles affected by them, auto manufacturers have—as a matter of safety—followed a sweeping approach in which vehicles of entire model years are recalled. A consortium of German automakers, suppliers, software companies and academia and began a project known as LAENDmarKS to gain the ability to track and trace at the parts level with a high degree of precision, from the point of assembly all the way back to second- and third-tier suppliers.
    • Solution
    • Brought into the project by consortium member IBS AG, IBM helped design and implement an open, secure parts tracking solution that enables parts traceability at all levels of the supply chain. Using sensors, parts are uniquely identified and captured at strategic points in the supply chain. IBM’s breakthrough was to apply an SOA-based approach under which supply chain data was abstracted into a separate event repository—independent of applications—that could be tapped for multiple purposes.
    • Benefits
    • Improved parts traceability enables automobile manufacturers and suppliers to target their recalls to specific vehicles affected by defects
    • Expected major reduction in costs associated with vehicle recalls through more precise tracking of parts across the automobile value chain
    • Improved decision-making in the area of production, inventory and logistics due to increased supply chain transparency
    “ The success of the LAENDmarKS project is a major step toward making automobile supply chains smarter.” -- Bernd Schäfer, Leader of the LAENDmarKS Project and Responsible for International Standards, KEIPER
  • 20. Norkis Group Improves customer service with a centralized ERP system and mobile devices that capture and send customer data
    • Business Challenge
    • Norkis Group, a large financing and vehicle retail company in the Philippines, needed to better share its business processes across the organization. To do this, it first needed to centralize its disparate environment and standardize those processes, especially for its financial organization and its sales outlet. The ultimate goal was to be able to ensure future growth through a world-class enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution on a robust IT infrastructure.
    • Solution
    • IBM Global Technology Services deployed SAP applications in a new data center it built for Norkis. The SAP suite, housed on IBM Power Systems ™ servers along side IBM System Storage ™ DS4700 technology is integrated with an IBM DB2 ® data server, creating a core business management system for the company. Norkis is now able to capture customer information via mobile phones and send that data over the Web to the SAP core business applications.
    • Benefits
    • Tracks transactions for each customer, enabling a higher degree of cross selling to increase repeat business
    • Helps identify and understand the behaviors of their most profitable and largest customers, enabling the company to direct their sales towards new sectors
    • Manages inventory information more efficiently, improving vendor communication, shortening inventory turns and enhancing customer service
    “ The improved understanding of our customers’ buying habits provided by this solution has enabled us to give consumers what they want, increasing our sales. — Ronald Alfeche, chief information officer
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Global Technology Services
    • IBM DB2 ®
    • IBM Power Systems ™ p5 550
    • IBM System Storage ™ DS4700
    • SAP
  • 21. Queensland Motorways Intelligent toll system creates smarter traffic management
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM Global Technology Services
    • IBM WebSphere
    • IBM Tivoli
    • IBM Rational
    • IBM BladeCenter
    • IBM Power 570
    • IBM System Storage
    “ Giving customers the information they need to optimize their travel plans is the direction that the smart cities in the world are going. IBM is helping us to make our vision a reality.” — Phil Mumford, CEO, Queensland Motorways
    • Business Challenge
    • Ten years ago, Australia’s third-largest city and the state capital of Queensland, Brisbane, formulated a strategy for making itself an economic powerhouse. At some point, however, Brisbane reached a crossover point where its population growth began to exert an adverse impact in the form of traffic congestion. Queensland Motorways, which runs Brisbane’s major toll roads and bridges, sought a way to minimize the traffic congestion and help keep Brisbane from choking on its success.
    • Solution
    • Queensland Motorways worked with IBM to develop an intelligent Central System for tolling. As vehicles drive under toll gantries, license plates are captured by cameras and decoded via OCR engines. A key part of IBM’s solution, known as the Identification, Rating and Interoperability Services (IRIS) subsystem, picks up the information generated at the roadside and uses stored business logic to execute a series of toll-related transactions, including calculating and sending the bill to the customer.
    • Benefits
    • Captured vehicle data provides the foundation for targeted and flexible traffic shaping capability while embedded business intelligence capabilities enable the creation of travel profiles for each customer
    • Reduces congestion during peak traffic hours and improves the travel experience for Brisbane's commuters
    • Increased revenue opportunities for Queensland Motorways, providing a strong basis for funding future road infrastructure initiatives
  • 22. SBI Sumishin Net Bank Accelerating new business growth by taking a new path to Internet banking
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Japan
    • IBM DB2 ®
    • IBM Tivoli ® Monitoring
    • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
    • IBM WebSphere ® Application Server
    • IBM WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus
    • IBM WebSphere Message Broker
    • IBM WebSphere MQ
    • IBM Power ® 570
    • IBM Power 590
    • Corebank (Fidelity Information Services)
    • SAP R/3 FI/CO
    • IBM Business Partner Fidelity Information Services
    “ It is important for us to continue to provide customer-oriented banking services to secure our position as the number-one Internet bank. We have great expectations for IBM as a partner with whom we pioneer new frontiers .” — Yoshikazu Tanaka, CEO, SBI Sumishin Net Bank
    • Business Challenge
    • A joint venture of SBI Holdings and Sumitomo Trust, SBI Sumishin Net Bank is a “pure-play” Internet bank serving the Japanese market. In this intensely competitive arena, the startup bank sought to bring its expanded portfolio of offerings to market faster than its competitors, while still meeting exacting governmental technology standards.
    • Solution
    • SBI Sumishin Net Bank engaged IBM Japan to build its business infrastructure from the ground up, becoming the first Japanese bank to successfully deploy a packaged core banking application. The company’s green field approach and use of standard technology enabled it to enter Japan’s Internet banking market nearly a year faster than its closest competitor.
    • Benefits
    • A single view of the client which includes information from across many lines of business at the bank enables SBI to more quickly create customized products, cross-sell and up-sell in real time via the Web
    • Dynamic flexibility achieved when adding new services
    • 600 billion yen deposited and 400,000 new accounts opened, since starting operations 18 months ago
  • 23. Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) Using new insight and integration to make public transport more efficient and sustainable
    • Solution components:
    • IBM High Performance On Demand Team (HiPODS)
    • IBM Software Services
    • IBM DB2® Enterprise Edition
    • IBM Rational®
    • IBM Tivoli® Storage Mgr
    • IBM WebSphere® App Servr
    • IBM WebSphere MQ
    • IBM Power 570, Power 520
    • IBM SAN Storage DS4800
    • IBM System x3650
    • IBM Tape Library TS3310
    ” Our planners can use ridership data to develop more optimal routes, which ultimately will reduce congestion and make public transport more appealing.” — Silvester Prakasam, Director of Fare Systems, Singapore Land Transport Authority
    • Business Challenge
    • With its population growing, Singapore’s Land Transport Authority
    • (LTA) needed a way to head off traffic congestion and maintain its
    • world-class business climate.
    • Solution
    • The LTA worked with IBM to develop a flexible, open and unified fare processing system that integrates all modes of public transport. The new systems use card readers to capture rider information at all points in the transportation network; this information is fed into a single national fare processing clearinghouse. This enables the LTA to create holistic, detailed transportation profiles of riders that span all modes of travel.
    • Benefits
    • Insight into rider travel patterns enables the LTA to optimize fare and schedule structures to promote maximum utilization of public transport
    • 80 percent reduction in revenue leakage from “lost” transactions
    • Ability to configure more convenient bus and train routes and schedules based on analysis of multi-modal travel patterns
  • 24. The North Face launches a dynamic new Web site leveraging high-performance computing technology from IBM Business challenge The North Face wanted to launch a new Web site that would allow it to sell its high-performance outdoor gear directly to consumers. To deliver an integrated brand experience to match the company’s “Never Stop Explor-ing” spirit, The North Face wanted the site to feature imagery, content and media to showcase many of the 50-plus athletes the company sponsors.
    • Benefits
    • Supports Web traffic exceeding one million views per day, helping the company meet and in some cases exceed its sales expectations
    • Allows the company’s marketing, merchandising and sales staff to control and manage Web content without help from IT
    • Facilitates the rollout of international Web sites in multiple languages
    “ With IBM technology, our new Web site … exceeds our expectations. We can control and manage content, and we can easily roll out new Web sites in different languages.” — Greg Pulsifer, e-commerce director, The North Face
    • Solution components:
    • IBM WebSphere Commerce Enterprise software
    • IBM Lotus Web Content Management software
    • IBM OmniFind Discovery Edition software
    Solution The North Face worked with IBM Business Partner Zobrist Consulting Group, Inc., to implement a Web site architecture based on IBM WebSphere ® Commerce Enterprise, IBM Lotus ® Web Content Management and IBM OmniFind ® Discovery Edition software. The new architecture allows brand content to be woven throughout the site. The North Face hosts the solution on an IBM System p5 ® 580 platform running the IBM AIX ® V5.4 operating system. Delivering an integrated brand experience and driving increased sales
  • 25. University of North Carolina (UNC) Speeding the development of disease treatments
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM Health Integration Framework
    • IBM InfoSphere™
    • IBM WebSphere®
    • IBM DB2®
    • IBM System z9®
    • IBM System p®
    “ We are now able to make more intelligent decisions leading to improved patient care." — Donald Spencer, MD, MBA, Associate Director of Medical Informatics, UNC
    • Business Challenge
    • The University of North Carolina (UNC), a major research and teaching institution, recognized the growing need for quality and Pay-for-Performance reporting within clinical care. It also realized that current Health System data mining/exporting practices on behalf of researchers were neither sustainable nor capable of generating the kind of information needed to create new treatments for major diseases.
    • Solution
    • IBM Global Business Services first defined a governance structure that would guide the development of a new health analytics environment. IBM was then engaged to complete the solution design, build and deployment of an integrated data warehouse solution – the Carolina Data Warehouse for Health (CDW-H). With the real time access provided by CDW-H, researchers can analyze vast amounts of patient data uncovering trends in a matter of seconds.
    • Benefits
    • Provides physicians with clearer insight into a larger cross-section of medical data, contributing to faster diagnoses and treatment decisions
    • Leverages evidence-based treatment plans to improve the quality of patient care and the likelihood of treatment success
  • 26. Wuxi iPark A dynamic infrastructure frees up resources for new business
    • Solution components:
    • IBM® DB2® (64bit)
    • IBM Express Runtime Solution
    • IBM HTTP Server
    • IBM Rational® Software Architect
    • IBM System Storage DS®
    • IBM System p®, IBM System x®
    • IBM Tivoli® Directory Server, IBM Tivoli Monitoring, IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager
    • IBM WebSphere® Application Server
    “ Working with IBM, Wuxi iPark is able to leapfrog the latest technology model around cloud computing and SaaS and set a solid foundation to become a major source for software development outsourcing.” — Zhou Qian, Secretary, Wuxi New District, Committee of the Community Party of China
    • Business Challenge
    • China is emerging as one of the world's major markets of software development and outsourcing services. However, to survive in this rapidly evolving environment, ISVs need to have agile software development processes to shorten the lifecycle from product development to market.
    • Solution
    • IBM Research-China teamed with Wuxi iPark to enable ISVs located in Wuxi iPark to remotely access a vast computing environment for project incubation, development and testing at any time, paying for services based on usage. This utility-based service is delivered via the Web and integrates technologies and concepts from cloud computing, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and software engineering as a service (SEaaS) and includes operational and hosting services.
    • Benefits
    • New business model allows ISVs to conserve energy and resources and reduce their IT investment, freeing up capital and resources for other business activities
    • Open standards-based architecture and innovative development methodology facilitates collaboration of staff in different cities to improve response times
    • Access to advanced software development platform enables ISVs to reach new markets with the ability to sell hosted software solutions to customers worldwide
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  • 28. A Manhattan Bank Preventing fraud and criminal attacks in real time around the globe
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Power™ 595
    • IBM WebSphere™ Application Server
    • IBM Information Management System (IMS™)
    • Actimize fraud prevention solution suite
    “ This solution will enable the bank to react in real time, while learning and keeping ahead of criminal activity across all the bank’s business units.” — Paul Henninger, Head of Financial Crime Solutions - Actimize
    • The Need: A large international bank with a diverse business portfolio was vulnerable to fraud because its many legacy financial crime detection systems were expensive to run, lacked flexibility to respond to evolving threats and regulations, and did not leverage cross-channel information.
    • The Solution: The bank chose a solution from IBM and Actimize that will enable the bank to analyze data and prevent fraud in real-time, across various channels, such as the Internet, call center, cards, payments and ATM systems – leveraging a single, scalable and robust IBM and Actimize technology platform. The solution can learn from past fraudulent and criminal activity, enabling quicker detection of new fraud tactics.
    • What Makes it Smarter:
    • Using self-learning and complex analytic capabilities, the Actimize solutions can detect new and evolving criminal behavior and take preemptive action to prevent fraud and theft across all business units.
    • Giving administrators and other principals the insight they need by generating meaningful reports and helping the bank’s internal experts develop new proprietary fraud models.
    • The solution supports workflow and collaboration across the organization, helping to manage fraud investigations across the enterprise.
  • 29. A leading Swiss insurance company Implements company-wide CRM and analysis with IBM GBS and IBM GTS
    • Solution components:
    • IBM AIX
    • IBM PowerVM
    • IBM Power HA
    • IBM Power 595 servers
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM Global Technology Services
    • Siebel Customer Relationship Management applications
    • Oracle Database
    • The Need:
    • The company wanted to assist its local operations by creating a centralized customer relationship management (CRM) solution that would provide an overview of the activities of all 80 branches, and provide a platform for analytics in the future. The idea was not to reduce the autonomy of the local branches, but to provide extra strategic information to assist them.
    • The Solution:
    • IBM Global Business Services and IBM Global Technology Services helped the in-house team implement Siebel CRM applications, and integrate them with more than 20 different local customer databases used by the individual branches. The Siebel applications leverage a 5GB Oracle 11.1.0.6 database, licensed for up to 500 concurrent users. The applications and database run in IBM AIX 6 environments, virtualized using IBM PowerVM on two IBM Power 595 servers, located at different data centers. The database and application LPARs are mirrored between the two servers using IBM PowerHA clustering technology, which ensures high availability even if one of the servers needs to be taken offline.
    • Benefits:
    • Avoided making significant changes to its local IT infrastructure, while providing a valuable platform for company-wide CRM and business analytics
    • Enabled flexible capacity, optimizing use of resources.
    • Gained a resilient and scalable platform which can be easily expanded simply by activating additional processors
  • 30. Agrium finds the formula for growth with IBM System p and DB2
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Storage DS4800,
    • IBM System p5 570
    • IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows.
    "With System p5 and DB2, we have been able to improve SAP application availability and transaction response times for end-users, giving us an infrastructure that is more than equal to today's business challenges." — Luke Lau, Director of IT, Planning Agrium Business challenge: Anticipating rapid growth, Agrium realized that its existing hardware infrastructure was reaching end-of-life and lacked the capacity to store and process increasing data volumes. Solution: Working with IBM Global Technology Services and REALTECH, an IBM Business Partner, Agrium migrated its SAP software environment from a number of ageing Alpha servers to just five IBM System p5 570s. The company also migrated from Oracle to IBM DB2, and extended its SAN infrastructure, adding an IBM System Storage DS4800 and using IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) to virtualize the entire storage environment.
    • Benefits:
    • Migration to DB2 reduced database maintenance costs by 50 per cent; SVC protects existing storage investment and provides simpler storage management
    • IBM’s 'development advocate' program provides highly responsive technical support for DB2 environment.
  • 31. MAHLE Group MAHLE Group selects IBM DB2 as the core database server for SAP software The need: Automotive components manufacturer MAHLE Group wanted to reduce IT operational costs by finding reliable, high-performance core technologies to support its 4,500 SAP solution users. The solution: MAHLE migrated from Oracle to IBM DB2 Information Management Software as its core database technology for all SAP solutions, on IBM eServer p5 570 servers and xSeries servers, supported by an IBM Total Storage DS8100 storage server
    • The benefits:
    • Highly reliable, flexible server, database and storage infrastructure for group-wide SAP solutions, with lower costs of ownership and greater ease of management.
    • The business is now positioned for further expansion and consolidation with an IT infrastructure able to match the business needs more closely.
    “ We are very satisfied with the performance and reliability of the IBM Systems. The p5-570 servers, DS8100 storage server and DB2 software provide an excellent, scalable foundation for growth and creating a very flexible infrastructure .” — Julius Basso, IT Director, Europe, MAHLE Group
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Storage DS8100
    • IBM System p5 570
    • IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows
  • 32. Graybar transforms performance with integrated SAP and IBM infrastructure
    • Solution components
    • SAP ERP 6.0, Supply Chain Manager and NetWeaver Business Warehouse, Portal and Process Integration.
    • IBM DI, Power Systems, BladeCenter, System x and System Storage
    • IBM Tivoli Network Manager, Netcool, Omegamon, CAM
    • IBM Global Business Services
    “ Over the years, IBM has proven to be an exceptional infrastructure partner.” — Ted Hoffman, Director Enterprise & Architecture & Operations, Graybar Business challenge Encourage and enable organic growth and continuous improvement. Provide technology solutions to make doing business with Graybar easier. Take advantage of developments in Information Technology to align with business goals. Minimize business disruption. Identify and implement efficient, cost-effective, timely solutions that optimize use of resources. Manage to budget. Solution IBM Dynamic Infrastructure Solution Components, IBM Power and IBM Power Systems servers, IBM BladeCenter, IBM System x, IBM System Storage. Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), Network Manager, Netcool: Impact, OMNIbus, Reporter, Webtop, Composite Application Manager, Omegamon, IBM Global Services. SAP ERP 6.0, NetWeaver Business Warehouse 7.0, Supply Chain Manager 5.0, NetWeaver Portal 7.0, NetWeaver Process Integration 7.0.
    • Benefits
    • Integrated SAP solutions: provide a single platform for enterprise management, enabling long-term customer service and Web strategies.
    • Maintain power and cooling expense while increasing computing capacity by 25 percent.
    • Apply innovative concepts to unplanned and planned outages and disaster recovery.
  • 33. Welch Foods Inc. (Welch’s) Business challenge Welch’s needed to lower its operating costs and increase business flexibility. To achieve this, the company rolled out an open systems environment and tried to deploy the first eight modules of a 31-component Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. However, it quickly found that its 30+ Dell servers and clusters could not support the new workload. Solution Welch's engaged IBM Business Partner ATS Group (ATS) to assess its environment and architect a new solution. The IT provider implemented and configured three IBM System p5 ™ 570 platforms and three IBM System Storage ™ DS6800 disk systems to support its Oracle ERP modules and application data. Following the implementation of the IBM hardware.
    • Benefits
    • Lowers operating costs and increases enterprise-wide business flexibility
    • Achieves an excellent price/performance ratio, gaining 2.8 times the throughput at only 1.9 times the cost of the client’s previous Dell environment
    • Enables the company to rapidly add off-the-shelf software to the open-source environment
    • Leverages world-class expertise of an IBM Business Partner systems integrator
    “ Ultimately, it came down to seeing which technology had the features we needed. And the IBM XIV Storage System more than met with our satisfaction” Mukesh Sharma, Manager, Database and ERP Infrastructure, Welch's
  • 34. Winn-Dixie Strengthening the infrastructure with an IBM consolidation solution Business challenge Winn-Dixie, a Jacksonville, Florida-based grocery chain based with more than 600 retail locations throughout the southeastern U.S., needed a cost-effective and easily managed solution to replace its aging distributed IT infrastructure and quickly enable disaster recovery. Solution The solution consolidated more than 600 stand-alone servers at individual grocery stores into a centralized data center at Winn Dixie headquarters using IBM AIX® and IBM PowerVM™ virtualization technologies to support 16 stores on a single IBM BladeCenter® JS22 blade server, mirrored to a nearby facility as well as to a remote disaster recovery location.
    • Benefits
    • Redirected $5 million capital cost savings to store remodelling
    • Improved application performance by 5 to 10 times, enabling better service
    • Reduced disaster recovery time from days to hours
    “ We thought the IBM solution gave us the most flexibility not only for now, but going forward. It accommodated our existing application portfolio while providing a very rich upgrade path in our infrastructure.” – Barry Kirk, director of architecture, Winn-Dixie
    • Solution components:
    • IBM BladeCenter® JS22 blades in IBM BladeCenter H
    • IBM PowerVM™
    • IBM AIX®
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  • 35. Baylor College of Medicine improves performance and sets the stage for an SAP upgrade with IBM servers Business challenge When Baylor College of Medicine (Baylor) decided to build a new hospital, it also planned to upgrade its existing data center in order to ease space constraints and replace end-of-life Sun servers. It needed a smooth migration that would provide uninterrupted access to its SAP ERP system and other supporting systems. Solution Baylor engaged IBM Premier Business Partner Mark III and brought in the IBM Migration Factory team to provide the transition of workloads from 32 legacy Sun servers onto three IBM Power ™ 570 servers, running the IBM AIX ® operating system. IBM Migration Factory performed the server consolidation and migration of Baylor’s software applications from the old Sun hardware platform to the new IBM platform.
    • Benefits
    • Achieves a 60 percent reduction in rack space footprint and better than 40 percent savings in both cooling and power
    • Improves overall performance by 30 percent
    • Improves payroll processing time by 213 percent
    “ Nobody else had as eloquent and simple a design as IBM did. They also offered very cost-effective solutions.” — Al Reineking, executive director of IT operations and technical services, Baylor College of Medicine
    • Solution components:
    • SAP ERP
    • IBM Migration Factory
    • IBM Power 570
  • 36. INTTRA Supporting the global supply chain with IBM Business challenge INTTRA provides an industry-leading e-commerce platform for the ocean containerized shipping industry. Serving 30 of the world’s leading carriers and more than 20,000 customer locations around the world, INTTRA requires a robust IT infrastructure that delivers high performance—and the scalability to support a company that has grown more than 1100 percent in the last seven years. Solution Working with IBM Premier Business Partner VSS, Inc., INTTRA has consolidated their servers on IBM BladeCenter® and IBM Power Systems™ servers, and has achieved a 95 percent virtualization rate by virtualizing at every tier. INTTRA uses IBM System Storage™ DS8100 and DS8300 enterprise disk storage systems as part of a larger tiered storage strategy that currently provides capacity for 120 TB of data.
    • Benefits
    • Reducing the data center footprint by 50 percent
    • Reducing energy costs by 30 percent
    • Providing the capacity to support a phenomenal annual rate of growth
    “ We take advantage of all of the latest technology to make absolutely certain that each time we upgrade, we leave less of a footprint behind.” — Ken Bloom, president and CEO, INTTRA
    • Solution components:
    • IBM BladeCenter® E
    • IBM BladeCenter LS20
    • IBM BladeCenter LS21
    • IBM Power® 570
    • IBM System Storage™ DS8100
  • 37. Agrofert Group reduces operational costs by roughly 20 percent by increasing the efficiency of its SAP software Business challenge Agrofert Group (Agrofert), a large agriculture and chemical holding company in the Czech Republic, had acquired a number of businesses and was running more than 160 different operating systems across the organization. This meant high development and maintenance costs and slow and inefficient data collection and analysis. Frequently, one or more of the local systems would go down, affecting overall business availability. Solution Agrofert standardized its business operations using SAP business management applications, hosted at two locations on IBM Power Systems™ servers. Oracle and Microsoft ® structured query language (SQL) databases, which were spread across the enterprise, were migrated to IBM DB2 ® software. The migration of these databases was completed successfully in just over 100 hours.
    • Benefits
    • Reduces costs by roughly 20 percent by lowering license fees, simplifying management and consolidating storage
    • Reduces operational costs by consolidating SAP applications on IBM Power System servers
    • Improves system response times by approximately 15 percent
    “ Put simply, Agrofert is saving a lot of money.” — Luboš Pajer, technical director, Agfit (Agrofert's IT provider)
    • Solution components:
    • SAP ERP
    • SAP CRM
    • SAP NetWeaver Portal
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM Power Systems™ 550
    • IBM DB2 ® for Linux ® , UNIX ® and Windows ®
    • IBM DS4700 Express
  • 38. Co-Operative Bulk Handling Group Ltd. DIP03001-USEN-00
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM Power™ 550
    • IBM System x3850 M2
    • IBM System Storage™ DS4800
    “ To help [our growers] capitalize on what may be very brief windows of opportunity, we need to deliver the kind of always-on service they expect from their banks. Moving to IBM Power Systems gave us that capability.” — Mathew Regan, ICT Operations Manager, Co-Operative Bulk Handling Group Ltd. Business Challenge Co-Operative Bulk Handling Group (CBH Group) faced a fundamental change in its industry, moving from a highly regulated business environment to one that was far more open to competition. The organization needed to expand its online grain handling application from 1,000 to 5,500 external users, and to ensure high performance and availability in spite of the projected increase in transactions. CBH Group also needed to address power and space constraints in its data centers, and to centralize data storage and backup. Solution Implemented two IBM Power™ 550 Express™ servers running both IBM i and IBM AIX® with PowerVM™ to support grain handling and payments applications; implemented six IBM System x3850 M2 servers running VMware to host 140 Linux® and Microsoft® Windows® virtual servers; implemented IBM System Storage™ DS4800, SAN Volume Controller, TS3500 Tape Library, and IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager software. The entire server and storage infrastructure is duplicated at a second site for protection against disaster.
    • Benefits
    • Supported 400 percent increase in transactional volumes
    • Enabled fast creation of virtual servers to meet new requirements
    • Created a robust, scalable, responsive and flexible infrastructure
    Using virtualization to manage sudden business growth
  • 39. The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt IBM enables growth with powerful, scalable solutions Business Challenge The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt’s hardware infrastructure hosted their enterprise resource planning system, Oracle E-Business Suite. As they grew and added modules, server performance failed to meet business needs. They needed to implement a high performance, scalable infrastructure, including a centralized storage system. Solution The company implemented two IBM Power ™ 570 servers — one each for the main site and the remote site — both running IBM AIX ® . They implemented IBM PowerVM ™ Dynamic Logical Partitioning and Micro-Partitioning to minimize server administration and to minimize the number of processors needed. They also implemented IBM System Storage ™ DS4800.
    • Benefits
    • Improves performance while reducing the number of processors from 16 to 7
    • Reduces risk and reduces the number of servers needed for disaster recovery
    • Increases server utilization by 35 percent and supports 71 percent more users
    “ Our new IBM infrastructure provides us with improved performance, availability and scalability to manage our growth.” — The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM Power 570
    • IBM AIX
    • IBM PowerVM Dynamic Logical Partitioning and Micro Partitioning
    • IBM System Storage DS4800
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  • 40. Murray Goulburn boosts performance with a virtualized IBM Power Systems environment for new and existing SAP software applications Business Challenge Dairy producer Murray Goulburn needed faster and more reliable business reporting across its nine manufacturing sites in Australia. Its existing Sun Microsystems servers had reached their processing performance limits, and data storage devices had reached capacity. These technical issues prevented Murray Goulburn from introducing new applications or from adding users, which constrained business operations. Solution Murray Goulburn migrated from seven Sun servers to a single IBM Power Systems server. The single IBM server, running the IBM AIX operating system, was divided into virtual servers to provide environments for the existing SAP applications and for the introduction of SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence Accelerator software. IBM handled the migration, system sizing, database migration and solution implementation.
    • Benefits
    • Cut processing times from hours to minutes
    • Lowered software licensing costs by reducing CPUs from 26 to 4
    • Lowered real estate, maintenance and support, end energy costs by consolidating to a single IBM server
    “ [The IBM and SAP solution offers] scalability, expand-ability and the potential to vary our costs to some extent in peak times, with the ability to call processors on or take them off.” — Paul Stancill, IT manager Murray Goulburn Co-operative
    • Solution Components:
    • SAP ERP 6.0
    • SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence Accelerator
    • IBM Power Systems server
    • IBM SAN Volume Controller
  • 41. Energen Corporation reduces costs with migration from Sun to IBM Power Systems
    • Business Challenge
      • Improve system performance and support for the company’s SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning) application by consolidating its sprawling 20-unit Sun server environment
      • Reduce the total cost of ownership by cutting its licensing costs for the Oracle databases, which support the company’s SAP system
    • Solution
      • Migrated its SAP ERP system and Oracle databases onto two IBM Power servers [570s]
      • Engaged IBM Business Partner Mainline Information Systems to demonstrate how leveraging virtualization technology could cut Oracle licensing costs
    • Benefits
      • Reduces Oracle licensing costs by 40 percent, contributing to US$500,000 in annual savings
      • Provides a more efficient, available infrastructure that combines lower capital and operational costs with better performance and flexibility
      • Consumes significantly less floor space and power
    “ We certainly made a saving on hardware costs, but the reduction in Oracle licensing costs was the main contributor to the total US$500,000 annual savings we achieved by migrating to IBM for our SAP software environment.” — Ron Payne, Director of Infrastructure Services
  • 42. Major bottling company improves performance and reduces costs by migrating to the DB2 9 database during SAP upgrade Business Challenge As part of an SAP upgrade, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC) wanted to adopt the Unicode standard, reduce database costs and optimize performance and manageability by migrating from Oracle. Solution Prior to the SAP upgrade, CCBCC converted to the Unicode standard and migrated to the IBM DB2 ® database with deep compression. The solution runs on an IBM Power Systems™ server.
    • Benefits
    • Reduced database size by 40 percent, resulting in better performance and lower costs
    • Lowered licensing costs for the database by up to US$750,000 over five years
    • Optimized integration between the database and SAP tools, helping to reduce administrative workloads
    • “ The DB2 9 database helps us reduce costs and storage requirements, as well as improve performance.”
      • — Andrew Juarez, SAP Lead Basis, Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated
    • Solution Components:
    • SAP NetWeaver technology platform
    • IBM DB2 ® 9 database
    • IBM Power Systems™ servers
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  • 43. Würth Gruppe
    • Business Challenge
      • Provide increased computing capacity to accommodate an upgrade to SAP ERP 6.0
      • Deliver 24x5 availability and reliability
      • Acquire a server platform that delivers performance, flexibility and value for the money
    • Solution
      • Deployed six IBM Power 570 servers with IBM POWER6™ processors as the platform for a wide range of SAP applications, improving processing times for SAP floating point calculations
      • Utilized IBM PowerVM™ virtualization technology to optimize server efficiency
      • Created four IBM High Availability Cluster Microprocessing (HACMP) clusters
    • Benefits
      • Delivers an estimated 30 percent more efficiency
      • Achieves the ability to plan downtime without interruption to users
      • Facilitates moving partitions between servers without disrupting SAP applications, providing systems management flexibility and improved systems availability
    www.wuerth.com “ The interaction between the SAP applications and the IBM servers has been excellent.” — Harold Holl, head of systems technology, Würth Gruppe
  • 44. Jamaica Public Service Company, Ltd. IBM Power Systems solution cuts costs, simplifies management Business challenge Jamaica Public Service (JPS) needed to expand their infrastructure to accommodate an increased Oracle application workload, but faced budget cuts within their IT department. JPS wanted a solution that would enable consolidation of their IT infrastructure while cutting operational costs and improving efficiency. Solution JPS replaced their legacy HP servers with three IBM Power® 520 Express servers running IBM AIX®. JPS virtualized their environment with IBM PowerVM™ and clustered the production servers using IBM PowerHA™ for AIX. IBM Global Technology Services helped implement the solution, and IBM Global Financing provided acquisition financing.
    • Benefits
    • Reduced Oracle Enterprise Edition licensing costs
    • Reduced maintenance, facility, and energy costs
    • Improved disaster recovery protection
    “ The IBM Power platform provides the reliability and availability features to suit our business needs, while helping us stay within our budget." — Jamaica Public Service Company, Ltd.
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Power 520 Express
    • IBM AIX
    • IBM PowerVM
    • IBM PowerHA for AIX
  • 45. Belarusian Railways simplifies the management and operations of its network by deploying SAP ERP software on IBM hardware Business Challenge Belarusian Railways needed to integrate and manage the operational activities of each of the 200 companies that constitute the network. It had to support highly complex financial and material flows across the organization, but its fragmented structure made reporting slow and inconsistent. To improve operations, the railway required a single tool that could connect business processes and enable rapid, transparent reporting. Solution The railway network teamed with International Business Alliance and IBM to roll out an SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform across its entire organization. The client launched the SAP ERP software and the SAP Business Intelligence application on IBM System z ® and IBM Power Systems ™ servers, supported by IBM software and IBM storage systems.
    • Benefits
    • Helps enable faster, more accurate reporting and an improved level of control across operations by delivering a consistent view of activity
    • Facilitates 24×7 availability and can handle spikes in demand with no loss of productivity
    • Helps Belarusian Railways cement its country’s status as one of the principal hubs for rail transport in Europe
    “ With SAP ERP software running on IBM System z and IBM Power servers, we have the scalability we need to cope with the enormous growth of our rail network.” — Igor Otliga, data center manager, Belarusian Railways
    • Solution Components:
    • SAP ERP
    • SAP Business Intelligence
    • IBM Systems Group
    • IBM Software Group
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  • 46. ORGA GmbH cuts costs and improves services associated with its SAP hosting offerings by working with IBM Business challenge A German hosting company that specializes in SAP software services, ORGA GmbH supports a broad range of midsize, international businesses. Preparing to update to the SAP ERP 6.0 application, the organization wanted to streamline its underlying infrastructure to improve customer service levels and reduce management workloads. In particular, ORGA planned to consolidate the databases used to support SAP data. Solution ORGA migrated its SAP operations to 17 IBM Power Systems™ servers, leveraging the virtualization features of the hardware to create 170 unique instances of the SAP ERP application. These virtual environments also contain independent IBM DB2 ® data servers to manage the associated ERP data. The client also deployed IBM Tivoli ® Storage Manager software to perform routine backups of this critical data.
    • Benefits
    • Cuts costs by reducing storage requirements—especially for table sizes larger than 1GB, for which storage needs have dropped by 70 percent
    • Drives new efficiencies and simplifies management efforts with a consolidated infrastructure
    • Helps improve customer satisfaction with faster system response times and more reliable access to SAP ERP data
    • “ The lower operational costs we have seen by standardizing on IBM technologies will contribute to ORGA’s success and ultimately to the success of our clients that use SAP applications.”
      • — Jürgen Fischer, head of Department for Hosting Services, ORGA GmbH
    • Solution components:
    • SAP ERP application
    • IBM Power Systems™
  • 47. Mitsui-Soko unifies accounting processes across 11 countries with the help of IBM and the SAP Business All-in-One solution Business challenge Mitsui-Soko was developing a variety of corporation-wide internal control projects, including the creation of a global network system aimed at standardizing business processes, improving efficiency, unifying levels of control and enhancing IT governance. With 18 subsidiaries in 11 countries, it would be a major challenge to implement the new processes and systems as quickly as possible. Solution Mitsui-Soko worked with IBM Global Business Services to unify corporation-wide controls by introducing a financial accounting system based on the SAP Business All-in-One solution, running on IBM Power Systems ™ hardware. Using the YOUR SOFT Real Model template to accelerate deployment, the solution was designed in two and a half months and deployed globally in seven.
    • Benefits
    • Provides a global view across all countries and subsidiaries, helping the company to make informed business decisions more quickly
    • Enables Mitsui-Soko to achieve compliance with regulations in a timely manner
    • Delivers flexibility for future growth
    • “ The development of a common accounting system based on SAP Business All-in-One will enable us to make improve-ments in corporation-wide unified business processes in the future.”
      • — Takeshi Nishimura, Corporate Planning Office, Mitsui-Soko
    • Solution components:
    • SAP Business All-in-One
    • IBM Power Systems™
  • 48. Johns Hopkins Institutions implements a centralized ERP system running on the IBM Power platform Business challenge Johns Hopkins Institutions, one of the leading medical systems in the world, sought to implement a centralized enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform, based on the SAP ERP application, across the organization. Johns Hopkins Institutions required a hardware infrastructure capable of delivering high performance and high availability. Solution IBM Global Technology Services teamed with the IT department at Johns Hopkins Institutions to deploy an infrastructure based on the IBM Power platform, including IBM Power 570 servers running the IBM AIX ® operating system and a storage area network (SAN) built with IBM System Storage ™ DS8300 technology.
    • Benefits
    • Improves the manageability of the application infrastructure through virtualization capabilities
    • Helps meet requirements for application performance and a consistent user experience
    • Improves scalability with on demand processing power
    “ IBM Global Technology Services, BearingPoint and the in-house team all played an important role in the success of this major IT initiative.” — Lisa Poremski, client representative for Johns Hopkins, IBM
    • Solution components:
    • SAP ERP application
    • IBM AIX operating system
    • IBM Power 570 servers
    • IBM PowerHA ™ solutions
    • IBM PowerVM ™ capabilities
    • IBM System Storage DS8300 technology
  • 49. Bharti Airtel Achieving growth by keeping its focus on the customer Business Challenge Indian telecom services provider Bharti Airtel needed to maximize future flexibility and growth potential by adopting a business-driven framework for integration, allowing it to implement and deliver new services rapidly. The company wanted to focus on developing new services to provide competitive differentiation and strengthen its customer relationships. Solution Bharti Airtel signed a 10-year agreement with IBM to transform its processes and take on management of its IT infrastructure. IBM helped integrate channels and customer-facing processes – enabling higher customer satisfaction and more profitable growth. This first-of-a-kind IT outsourcing agreement is a key reason Bharti Airtel has been able to add 1.5 million new customers per month. “ By working along with us to transform our go-to-market strategies and reinvent our internal processes, IBM has been a partner for the innovation that we see as essential in our ability to sustain our rapid growth. ” — Jai Menon, Group CIO, Bharti Enterprises
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM DB2 ®
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM Global Technology Services
    • IBM Service Provider Delivery Environment IBM Strategic Outsourcing
    • IBM Power Systems™
    • IBM System x™
    • IBM TotalStorage ® Enterprise Storage Servers ®
    • IBM WebSphere® Business Integration Server
    • IBM WebSphere MQ
    • Benefits
    • Improved cross-selling through integration of customer-facing processes
    • Optimization of business processes and infrastructure through flexible, standardized integration framework
    • Outsourcing technology enables Bharti Airtel to focus on growth
    • Flexible pricing model avoids major increases in capital expenditures
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    • Solution components:
    • IBM Global Technology Services
    • SAP
    • IBM Power ® 595
    • IBM System Storage™ DS8100
    • IBM System Storage TS3310
    “ When business is tough, and the economy is tough, that’s when strong companies get stronger. This is when you want to be investing in business to drive that growth and take advantage of weakened competitors. ” — Barry Simpson CIO, Coca-Cola Amatil Leveraging global IT development for regional benefit Coca-Cola Amatil
    • Business Challenge
    • Australia-based Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), one of the top 50 companies on the Australian Securities Exchange and the largest soft drink producer in the Asia-Pacific region, needed to unify its IT infrastructure and enterprise systems to gain business agility and better support its broad and diverse mix of brand and business operations.
    • Solution
    • CCA deployed a “green field” SAP implementation that provides enterprise functionality across its diverse business. To gain maximum business benefit, CCA leverages The Coca-Cola Company’s (TCCC) best-practice solutions for SAP. CCA takes advantage of TCCC’s SAP templates, modifying them to suit its own regional needs. This ensures compatibility with Coca-Cola’s global system and speeds development for CCA.
    • Benefits
    • Allows Coca-Cola Amatil to deploy SAP applications more efficiently by leveraging work done by The Coca-Cola Company
    • Provides comprehensive functionality to support CCA’s regional operations and diverse product portfolio
    • Advances CCA’s vision of standardization across the enterprise by building common IT systems
  • 51. Wells’ Dairy, Inc. IBM serves up a flexible, high-performance solution Business challenge Wells’ Dairy, the largest family-owned and managed dairy processor in the United States, was looking for an infrastructure refresh to improve performance while providing operating system flexibility, 24x7 availability, scalability, high performance, and a smaller footprint. Solution Wells’ Dairy turned to IBM Premier Business Partner Forsythe Solutions Group, Inc., to consolidate the dairy’s standalone IBM servers onto 14 IBM BladeCenter® JS22 blades running IBM AIX® 5.3 and 52 IBM BladeCenter HS21 blades running Red Hat Linux® 4, in seven IBM BladeCenter H chassis. They also implemented a comprehensive disaster recovery solution.
    • Benefits
    • Reduced annual leasing spend by over US$380,000
    • Improved application performance an estimated average of 25 percent
    • Reduced the IBM hardware footprint from five racks to just two
    “ We’ve saved over $380,000 in annual operating costs by making the move to BladeCenter.” — Mike Kooistra, Director of Information Technology, Wells’ Dairy
    • Solution components:
    • IBM BladeCenter® H
    • IBM BladeCenter JS22
    • IBM BladeCenter HS21
    • IBM AIX® 5.3
  • 52. JAB ANSTOETZ boosts SAP performance and reduces storage requirements when it consolidates on IBM Power Systems servers Business Challenge JAB ANSTOETZ was running its recently upgraded SAP ERP environment on 15 UNIX servers. Since most of its business critical applications were supported by SAP applications, the company needed a new infrastructure that would be able to handle the growing volume of workloads. Solution Working with IBM Business Partner Becom, the company consolidated 15 UNIX servers on four IBM Power Systems servers, created a storage area network (SAN) using IBM System Storage technology, deployed IBM Tivoli Storage Manager software for automated backup and deployed IBM DB2 9 software to take advantage of its deep compression features.
    • Benefits
    • Improved response times in the SAP environment by 17 percent
    • Reduced the size of the SAP ERP database by 28 percent and the size of the business intelligence system by 38 percent
    • Decreased the administrative workload and saved floor space, air-conditioning and energy costs
    “ IBM and SAP have developed an end-to-end ERP solution that delivers real business value for JAB ANSTOETZ.” — Hermann Grauthoff, Head of IT, JAB ANSTOETZ
    • Solution Components:
    • SAP ERP
    • SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence
    • IBM Power Systems
    • IBM DB2 9
    • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
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  • 53. Iskra Mehanizmi
    • Business Challenge
      • Update IT environment to accommodate supply chain management for new lines of business
      • Replace existing in-house application with an information system that can support three production processes and maintain tight control of finances
    • Solution
      • Moved SAP ERP applications to a single IBM Power Systems™ server and migrated the data from its enterprise resource planning environment from Microsoft® SQL to IBM DB2® software
      • Implemented a storage area network (SAN) based on the IBM System Storage™ DS4300 disk system and deployed IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager for Enterprise Resource Planning software
    • Benefits
      • Reduced administration time by 20 percent
      • Improved performance and storage capacity
      • Provided a scalable, cost-efficient IT environment
    “ The IBM hardware and software provides a highly reliable, high-performance platform for our SAP applications, significantly improving performance while reducing administrative workload.” -- Zoran Simnic, CIO, Iskra Mehanizmi
    • Solution Components:
    • SAP ERP
    • IBM System p
    • IBM DB2
    • IBM System Storage DS4300
    • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
  • 54. Norkis Group migrates to an SAP enterprise application platform supported by IBM DB2 and IBM Power Systems technology A single database improves the accuracy of financial reports, inventory and customer service Business challenge The Philippines-based motorcycle and automotive conglomerate had multiple databases and applications in use, preventing a clear under-standing of both financial and operational performance and limiting the company’s ability to take advantage of opportunities. Solution Norkis Group implemented the SAP ERP and SAP Customer Relationship Management applications, supported by IBM DB2 ® software. The appli-cations run on an IBM Power Systems ™ server, using IBM PowerVM ™ virtualization technologies to provide a flexible, adaptable infrastructure.
    • Benefits
    • Enabled faster, more accurate reporting on transactions creates a clearer picture of financial standing
    • Improved visibility of key performance indicators, enhancing operational response and service to customers
    • Enhanced application reliability and performance
    With Power Systems, we can create additional virtual servers on the p5-550s and simply add suitable disk capacity as required. This is a considerable cost saving, not to mention the reduction in complexity. — Ronald Alfeche, Chief Information Officer, Norkis Group
    • Solution components:
    • SAP ERP
    • SAP Customer Relationship Management
    • IBM DB2
    • IBM Power Systems
  • 55. Edwards Ltd. improves performance of its SAP applications and reduces costs by 50 percent with an IBM hosting solution Business Challenge When Edwards was acquired by a new parent, a new hosting solution was required for 16 SAP applications. An in-house solution was too expensive. Edwards needed a partner that could handle everything from low-level infrastructure issues to high-level SAP installation issues. Solution Edwards chose IBM Global Technology Services – Applications on Demand ® to host its systems at the IBM Warwick data center in the United Kingdom. Edwards’ SAP applications now run in the IBM AIX ® environment on IBM Power Systems ™ servers, supported by IBM DB2 ® data servers and a SAN based on IBM System Storage ™ hardware. The entire migration process was accomplished in 42 hours over a weekend.
    • Benefits
    • Improves batch processing run times by between 50 and 75 percent
    • Achieves 99.5 percent availability
    • Reduces maintenance and support costs by 50 percent in just 5 months
    “ IBM is providing superb service, helping us ensure near-total availability in our SAP application environment, and improving performance while significantly reducing costs.” — Alan Blockley, program manager, Edwards Ltd.
    • Solution Components:
    • SAP R/3 and SAP NetWeaver
    • IBM Applications on Demand
    • IBM Power Systems
    • IBM System Storage
    • IBM DB2
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  • 56. Virginia Commonwealth University Health System “ XIV has lived up to all the promises to be a revolutionary technology. It’s a major cost-saver, yet it changes the paradigm of storage management. With the XIV system, we are well-positioned for the future.” — Greg Johnson, Chief Technology Officer, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Business challenge Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS), an academic medical center, needed to overhaul and consolidate their outdated, complex, and multi-vendor storage and backup environment. They sought a highly reliable, easy-to-manage platform that would deliver uninterrupted information flow at minimal cost. Solution VCUHS switched from multi-vendor complexity to an all-IBM storage solution comprised of an IBM XIV® system (two racks, each 80 TB usable each, at primary and backup sites), IBM Power System running IBM AIX®, IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager, an IBM Virtual Tape Library in place of their legacy tape backup, and IBM System Storage™ SAN Volume Controller (SVC) for online migration. The environment includes Microsoft® SQL Server, Oracle databases, IBM Lotus Notes® (15,000 users), and VMware.
    • Benefits
    • Major reduction in overall TCO
    • Uninterrupted access to patient and business data
    • On-demand scaling for easy growth
    IBM XIV Storage System helps lower patient risk at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS)
  • 57. Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Italian bank implements a new SAP solution Power with PowerHA Business challenge To implement the SAP General Ledger Migration service and the SAP Bank Analyzer set of applications, requiring a new compute capacity -- particularly for the peak workload created by SAP Bank Analyzer. “ Smooth, reliable data flow is of strategic importance to every bank, and the combination of IBM and SAP technologies enables us to achieve this goal without high operational costs or complexity. ” — Leopoldo Palombini, head of IT central systems management, BNL
    • Solution
    • Two IBM Power 595 servers in separate data centers using IBM PowerVM
    • IBM PowerHA™ technology links the servers for failover support
    • IBM DB2 ® software provides autonomic support
    • Benefits
    • Mission critical SAP applications run on single server
    • Logical partitioning and virtualization capabilities deliver reliability, flexibility and scalability
    • New backup and failover capabilities facilitate regulatory compliance and help eliminate downtime
  • 58. Panasonic Europe transforms regional collaboration by partnering with SAP and IBM
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM® Power Systems™ 570
    • IBM Global Services
    • SAP® ERP 6.0
    “ We are of the opinion that the best people to implement hardware and software are the designers. We wanted to use high-quality IBM hardware and operations, and IBM Global Services was the obvious choice. ” — Rainer Kattoll Project Manager Panasonic Europe Business Challenge Panasonic Eastern Europe wanted to extend its SAP application landscape, using the same template as the rest of Europe. To provide full language support for these countries, the company needed to upgrade to SAP ERP 6.0 and SAP SCM (APO) 5.0 applications, including Unicode conversion, within a given, compact time-frame, in order to avoid disruption during a vital sales period.
    • Benefits
    • With all European business units using the same SAP applications, pan-regional collaboration is much easier.
    • SAP ERP 6.0 applications provide improved support for business process optimization.
    • Unicode enables native language support for all users across the enterprise.
    • SAP Upgrade Factory provided fixed-cost implementation services, leveraging best practices from previous projects.
    • IBM Global Services delivered cost-effective hosting and support, helping Panasonic concentrate on its core business.
    • Solution
    • SAP Upgrade Factory and IBM Global Services, upgraded and transformed the Panasonic SAP applications and databases.
    • The software is hosted on IBM Power Systems 570 servers run by IBM Global Services.
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  • 59. Krungthai Panich Insurance
    • Solution components:
    • IBM® Tivoli® Storage Manager
    • IBM Power Systems™
    • IBM System x®
    • IBM Disk Storage DS®4800
    • IBM System Storage™ Area Network (SAN) Switches
    • PREMIA insurance management software
    Business challenge Krungthai Panich Insurance core applications used antiquated technologies which was not supporting the company’s business growth. The company needed to adopt a new IT infrastructure and new core insurance applications with Web capabilities.
    • Benefits
    • High performance and reliability
    • Reduction in back-up times and greater security for mission - critical data
    • Improved business-to-consumer (B2C) experience
    • Increase in overall customer satisfaction
    Improves overall efficiency Solution The PREMIA insurance management software suite now performs the company’s primary business functions including underwriting and policy administration, claim management and accounting. The new IT infrastructure comprises of an IBM hardware and software solution that is supporting its new core insurance applications and data.
  • 60. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Rewriting the rules on IT investment to facilitate tomorrow’s healthcare innovations Business Challenge UPMC, Pennsylvania’s largest integrated healthcare delivery network, sought to lower the cost and complexity of IT infrastructure to enable the continued investment in next-generation clinical systems and to lay the foundation for the best possible patient care . Solution Through a strategic partnership with IBM, UPMC is transforming its systems through consolidation, standardization and virtualization. Relying on IBM products and services, the mid-stream effort has already resulted in the reduction of hundreds of servers across the UPMC network and achieved more than a quantum improvement in resource efficiency. It has fundamentally changed the link between processing and resource needs — enabling it to meet an ambitious clinical agenda with a far lower rate of IT investment growth. “ Considering that IBM and UPMC are only midway through this trans- formation project, the results have been impressive. We have already proven that standardization, along with aggressive implementation of virtualization, yields unprecedented productivity and efficiency. ” — Paul Sikora, VP of IT Transformation, UPMC
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM Component Infrastructure Roadmap
    • IBM Global Technology Services
    • IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences
    • IBM Research
    • IBM STG Services
    • IBM SWG Services
    • IBM Power Systems,™ System x  , System z 
    • IBM BladeCenter®
    • IBM Tivoli® product suite
    • IBM TotalStorage® Enterprise Storage
    • IBM WebSphere Business Integration
    • IBM WebSphere® Application Server
    • Benefits
    • $30 million in capital and operating cost reductions
    • 150 percent increase in processing capacity with no increase in IT support costs
    • 40 percent reduction in IT infrastructure floor space requirements, freeing up pace for revenue generating services
    • 67 percent reduction in number of physical servers
  • 61.
    • Solution components:
    • IBM® Director
    • IBM Tivoli® Application Dependency Discovery Manager
    • IBM Tivoli Business Service Manager
    • IBM Tivoli Data Warehouse
    • IBM Tivoli Monitoring, IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Energy Management, IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Virtual Servers
    • IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager
    • IBM Power Systems™, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager
    “ Tivoli software provided us with the visibility, control and automation we needed to maximize energy efficiency and contain costs. In fact, we’ve reduced energy consumption by 25 percent even as demand for demos increased by 150 percent.” — Scott Winters, Distinguished Engineer, Director of Software Group Worldwide Demonstrations, IBM Business challenge IBM DEMOcentral provides a showcase for companies to view IBM products in action. In 2006, the number of demonstrations IBM DEMOcentral delivered skyrocketed from 100,000 to 600,000. However, the organization’s datacenter in Dallas could not support this rapid growth. It reached maximum capacity, running out of power, floor space and cooling capacity, and staff could not meet the demands of customers and prospects.
    • Benefits
    • Reduced energy consumption by 25% percent while supporting a 150% capacity increase
    • Increased data center reliability and availability by integrating power and facilities metrics with business service knowledge
    • Reduced time to manage environment and required less specialized skills, decreasing operational costs
    IBM DEMOcentral Reducing energy consumption by 25% Solution DEMOcentral deployed a dynamic infrastructure that flexibly, securely and quickly responds to business needs. As a result, the team increased the number of demos delivered from 600,000 in 2006 to 1.5 million in 2008 without a significant increase in staff or IT resources. With IBM Service Management solutions for Green IT, staff has visibility into energy usage and its impact on service delivery to improve energy efficiency and help staff to deliver services cost-effectively and reliably.
  • 62.
    • Business challenge
    • During the time IBM needed a consolidated technology and innovation data center, the company was emphasizing greater environmental sensitivity enterprisewide. The data center was plagued with inefficient power use, legacy cooling technology and underutilized servers: all short-comings of its 1990s-era distributed computing model. By 2007, IBM needed capacity and wanted to build an eco-friendly innovation center.
    • Solution In only ten months, IBM transformed an existing data center into an environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art IT facility. It features expanded processing power, enhanced cooling capabilities and advanced energy management. IBM engineers created and executed detailed renovation and migration plans to smoothly transform the data center while it remained in service.
    • Benefits
    • Achieves twice the processing power in just half the space while shrinking the data center’s environmental footprint
    • Maximizes energy efficiency by consolidating four data centers into one and implementing leading-edge green technologies
    • Increases hosting capacity for multiple constituencies through a high-density IT infrastructure
    IBM Green Innovation Data Center Saving energy and floor space by consolidating four data centers into one “ When we realized it was time to bring our data centers to the next level, teams from across IBM banded together to design and build the best possible solution that would help us work and use resources in a smart wa y.” — Peter Guasti, Program Director, Innovation Initiatives
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM BladeCenter
    • IBM Power Systems
    • IBM System Storage
    • IBM System x
    • IBM Tivoli
  • 63. AfriSam boosts performance, cuts costs and simplifies processes with SAP ERP
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM® System p™ 570, IBM System Storage™ DS4800
    • IBM AIX®,IBM DB2®, IBM Lotus® Notes® and Domino®, IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager
    • SAP® ERP 6.0, SAP NetWeaver®
    “ We estimate that choosing IBM has saved us approximately 35 per cent in hardware, software and support costs. ” — Dev Govender CIO, AfriSam Business Challenge AfriSam wanted to reduce costs, cut paperwork and simplify business processes by allowing employees to manage their own time/attendance records directly into the central ERP system.
    • Benefits
    • Implementing SAP enabled the reduction of month-end processing cycle times by 2 days.
    • Moving to IBM hardware reduced total cost of acquisition by 35 per cent compared to other vendors.
    • Delivers more than 44 per cent better performance than existing HP servers.
    • Reliable IBM hardware helps to meet availability SLAs, delivering better than 99 per cent uptime.
    • Solution
    • Upgraded to the SAP ERP 6.0 application.
    • Migrate from existing HP hardware to IBM System p 570 servers.
    • The SAP applications will soon be migrated from Oracle to IBM DB2, and integrate with IBM Lotus Notes.
    • Implemented a SAN using IBM System Storage DS4800 and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager.
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  • 64. Deutscher Ring goes virtual with IBM System p for cost savings and increased performance
    • Solution Components:
    • Global Technology Services
    • IBM System p5™ 570
    • IBM AIX® 5L™, IBM DB2®
    • IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager
    “ Our costs relating to hardware are now about 33 per cent lower with the System p5 solution, and at the same time we have seen dramatic improvements in both batch performance and system response times. ” — Werner Rave Manager of IT Architecture Department Deutscher Ring AG Business Challenge Deutscher Ring’s infrastructure was complex, inefficient and costly to run. There was limited flexibility in allocating resources to changing business requirements, and performance was deteriorating as workload grew.
    • Benefits
    • Reduced costs by around 33 percent , while cutting some batch runs from 90 minutes to just 30 minutes.
    • 40 percent improvement in general SAP software response times.
    • Significant flexibility with IBM Virtual I/O Server, a component of IBM Advanced POWER Virtualization for System p.
    • Improved operational efficiency with SAP Insurance Collections and Disbursements (SAP FS-CD).
    • Strengthened strategic management by delivering Balanced Scorecards using SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW) and SAP Strategic Enterprise Management (SAP SEM).
    • Solution
    • Worked with IBM Global Technology Services to migrate its entire SAP software landscape, onto two IBM System p5 570 servers running IBM AIX 5L and IBM DB2.
    • Implemented IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and IBM DB2 Content Manager with DB2 CommonStore for SAP software.
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  • 65. VOLKSWAGEN AG
    • Business Challenge
    • To support its global operations, Volkswagen has a corporate data center with three server locations in Wolfsburg. A subset of 76 standalone competitive UNIX servers with different web application middleware was hosted there. Using these servers, several Volkswagen applications were pieced together on their own distinct systems. These were difficult to scale as needed, driving up maintenance costs and lowering efficiency. Volkswagen was determined to find a more manageable and scalable underlying hardware and software solution capable of enabling it to reduce total cost of ownership while boosting competitiveness.
    • Solution
    • IBM Global Technology Services and IBM Global Business Services helped Volkswagen consolidate from 76 servers down to six System p5 570 servers (running IBM AIX and Red Hat Linux) and the migration of 77 web based applications. IBM also helped standardize the company’s operational processes and WebSphere middleware stack, helping boost efficiency and lower costs for the automaker. The AIX-based LPARs (Logical Partitions) are clustered with IBM High Availability Cluster Multiprocessing (HACMP) software, helping Volkswagen to secure availability within their middleware infrastructure.
    • Benefits
    • Significantly reduced the complexity and total cost of ownership (TCO) of its global IT infrastructure
    • Enables the automobile manufacturer to more quickly respond to changing market conditions
    Consolidation and virtualization improves efficiency, competitiveness
  • 66. Business challenge Tennis Australia organizes and runs the Australian Open two weeks each year , where millions of eyes and users are on the tournament's official Web site, which must deliver round-the-clock 100 percent availability. Solution To help provide real-time, flexible, and scalable access to the tennis action, IBM provides a secure and self-managing infrastructure based on service-oriented architecture (SOA), and multiple geographically dispersed servers, virtualized as one, to scale up to support a massive increase in traffic more than 100 times its typical volume. Australian Open Reliably and securely serving tennis to the world with IBM hardware, software and services.
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM Proventia® Network Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)
    • IBM Proventia Management SiteProtector
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM Global Technology Services
    • IBM Tivoli® Monitoring
    • IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console®
    • IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager
    • IBM Tivoli Security Compliance Manager
    • IBM BladeCenter®
    • IBM System p5™ 550 Express servers with POWER5™
    • IBM System i5® 520 running Linux® on POWER™
    “ Making sure our Website can ’ t get hacked into is a key issue. With IBM, we have been able to keep it tightly locked up and prevent unauthorized access. ” — Dr. Chris Yates, CIO Tennis Australia
    • Benefits
    • Provides 100% secure tournament web-site availability
    • Provides real-time analysis and prevention of malicious Internet attacks before they gain access to the website infrastructure
    • Automatic detection of any active security threats, risky user behavior, performance issues and security policy violations
    • 23% reduction in energy consumption and 25% reduction in cooling demands
    • Flexibly adjusts to fluctuating demands to support 100x normal traffic with automatic provisioning
    • Centralized management and monitoring of the security systems
  • 67. SPAR Switzerland
    • Business Challenge
      • Update SAP software and hardware environments to take advantage of new software functionality
      • Leverage virtualization features to maximize system performance and value
    • Solution
      • Loaded new SAP software onto a pair of IBM System p5 ™ 570 servers
      • Helped protect 1.6TB of SAP data by creating a highly available operating environment
      • Supported 500 named users with access to core enterprise systems
    • Benefits
      • Boosts SAP application performance by 40 percent and improve availability
      • Drops system response times to 300–400ms, which leads to a six-figure cost savings
      • Simplifies system management requirements, further reducing costs
    www.spar.de “ The virtualized IBM environment is ideal for SPAR because we gain very high availability [and] higher SAP application performance .” — Wolfgang Maehr, IT director, SPAR Switzerland
  • 68.
    • Business Challenge
    • New York utility Con Edison wanted to give its business customers more control over one of their biggest sources of power consumption – their data centers – by providing visibility into their energy consumption and expertise in designing data centers for maximum efficiency.
    • Solution
    • IBM, in partnership with Neuwing Energy Ventures and Con Edison, is developing new energy demand side management programs to pave the way toward the greening of the data center in the New York metropolitan area. Key program elements include the ability to accurately monitor, control, report, cap, cost, and allocate energy consumption.
    • Benefits
    • Ability to visualize energy consumption provides customers with a 42 percent average energy efficiency gain
    • Ability to earn efficiency certificates to apply for incentives or document progress towards sustainability targets
    • Lower data center deployment costs through the use of pre-architected data center designs
    Con Edison Paving the way toward the greening of the data center
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM Global Technology Services – Data Center Assessments and Design Services
    • IBM Director Active Energy Manager
    • IBM Tivoli ® Usage and Accounting Manager
    • IBM BladeCenter ®
    • IBM Power Systems™
    • IBM System x™
    • IBM TotalStorage ®
    • Neuwing Energy Ventures
    “ Con Edison is committed to helping its customers reduce data center energy consumption by leveraging the kind of new technologies and best practices that IBM brings to bear.” – Rebecca Craft, director of Energy Efficiency Programs, Consolidated Edison Company of New York
  • 69. Groupe Mutuel Putting a premium on business flexibility by redesigning core processes Business challenge To achieve its goal of becoming number one in the Swiss health insurance market, Groupe Mutuel needed to become more flexible and cost efficient — but without changing the decentralized structure that is a pillar of its business model. Solution Groupe Mutuel worked with IBM to map the key components of its business processes as a prelude to redesigning them. To support these new processes, the company built an SOA-based infrastructure that enables the reuse of services across all 14 of its business units. By enabling the optimization of core processes across the entire business — while maintaining each business unit’s unique market identity — Groupe Mutuel’s new SOA enables the company’s operational efficiency to catch up with its rapid growth. “ Our unique business model has been a big part of our rapid growth and success. By making our systems and business processes more flexible, IBM has helped us to evolve that business model to make Groupe Mutuel a stronger and more adaptable competitor. ” — Pierre Marcel Revaz, CEO and founder, Groupe Mutuel
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM High-Availability Cluster Multiprocessing (HACMP)
    • IBM WebSphere Application Server
    • IBM WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus
    • IBM BladeCenter
    • I BM SAN Switches
    • IBM System i 595
    • IBM System p5 595
    • IBM TotalStorage 3500 Tape Library devices
    • Benefits
    • Reduction in operational costs through the standardization of backend processes
    • Reduction in the time and cost of integrating new acquisitions via SOA-based integration
    • Reduction in time to market with new insurance products
  • 70. dm-drogerie markt GmbH + Co. KG establishes a more responsive, flexible SAP ERP environment with help from IBM Business Challenge As a retailer, dm-drogerie markt GmbH + Co. KG relied heavily on its enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to manage key business operations (e.g., financials). With a growing business, the organization wanted to update its SAP ERP application systems. To do so, it would also have to update the underlying infrastructure. Ideally, the company wanted to accomplish this task with as little system downtime as possible. Solution Joining with IBM Global Technology Services, the client deployed clustered IBM System p servers to support its new SAP ERP 6.0 infrastructure. The client also secured two IBM System z9 Enterprise Console mainframes to host the databases for the SAP infrastructure and to act as a fail-over for the SAP environment, thanks to SAP central services. The client also integrated SAP for Retail solutions with its sales systems.
    • Benefits
    • Drops response times by SAP systems to less than 500ms, while expanding the user base to include some 1,300 staff
    • Establishes a more versatile, scalable IT infrastructure quickly and without interrupting critical business processes
    • Helps Increase processing efficiencies and drive down costs with variable pricing and improved compression features
    • “ We can offer an expert opinion that using System z and Power Systems servers to run the SAP ERP application and the DB2 solution for z/OS software is an excellent option.”
      • — Christian Stäblein, IT production manager, FILIADATA
    • Solution Components:
    • SAP ERP application
    • SAP for Retail solutions
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  • 71. Leroy Merlin Companhia Brasileira de Bricolagem (Leroy Merlin Brazil) Increased revenue and reduced downtime with a hosted IBM grid system
    • Business Challenge
    • Leroy Merlin Brazil was expanding very quickly but did not have an IT environment to support such rapid growth. The company was already in need of a new ERP solution – it had been using the same solution as the Leroy Merlin divisions in Europe and Asia, but was finding it didn’t meet local requirements. The timing to transition to a new, scalable system was perfect in terms of immediately incorporating the new chain, but the company simply didn’t have the in-house resources available to select and implement the solution. Leroy Merlin Brazil sought a competent IT solutions provider to spearhead the project for them.
    • Solution
    • IBM Global Business Services recommended the Brazilian software company Gemco to provide the new ERP system and tailored the platform to its needs. Leroy Merlin Brazil engaged IBM Global Technology Services - Worldwide Strategic Outsourcing to build, host and manage a grid solution, based on IBM p5 servers, to support its new ERP application.
    • Benefits
    • Increased revenue by 10%
    • Reduced resource consumption by 30%
    • Improved customer satisfaction by 30 %
    • Decreased downtime by 40%.
  • 72.
    • Business Challenge
      • Simplify its complex SAP hardware environment and storage systems
      • Reduce its IT costs and lower its total cost of ownership (TCO)
    • Solution
      • Engaged IBM Global Technology Services to migrate its SAP systems and databases from 30 servers onto 30 logical partitions (LPARs) on four IBM System p5 ™ 570 servers
      • Consolidated its storage servers onto one IBM System Storage ™ DS8100 device
    • Benefits
      • Saves resources and time with a consolidated SAP server and storage infrastructure
      • Improves flexibility and responsiveness
      • Reduces licensing and hardware costs by 20 to 30 percent
    voith.com "The ability to simply turn on more processors when we need them was a key factor in our decision to deploy the IBM System p5 platform. It is a versatile architecture that is perfect for a growing business." — Voith IT Solutions GmbH Voith IT Solutions GmbH, Heidenheim
  • 73. Grundfos A/S protects data and boosts SAP environment with IBM
    • Business Challenge
      • Increase server processing power in preparation for an SAP software upgrade
      • Invest in a comprehensive backup and recovery program to protect data from outages
    • Solution
      • Upgraded to two IBM eServer ™ p5 595 servers with IBM Advanced POWER ™ virtualization capabilities at the company’s primary data center and disaster recovery site
      • Installed IBM Tivoli ® Storage Manager for Databases and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Enterprise Resource Planning software
      • Contracted IBM Global Technology Services to support and maintain the System p5 ™ servers and related technology
    • Benefits
      • Reduced operational expenses and business risk
      • Improved process efficiency and data availability
      • Gained peace of mind with data protection
    grundfos.com “ Being able to produce daily reports on a global basis offers an immense business advantage. The SAP software on the IBM System p platform has enabled Grundfos to implement a completely new way of working.” — Eli Schrøder, Manager of IT operations and infrastructure
  • 74. Wine Warehouse improves inventory control and customer service with the SAP-qualified IBM Express Food & Beverage Solution Business Challenge A large beverage distributor, Wine Warehouse was surprised to discover that its customer invoices frequently did not match its shipments. The company investigated its inventory-tracking process and realized that its practice was to have warehouse staffers keep track of products through visual monitoring and memory. This resulted in erroneous shipments that cost the company money and perpetuated an inventory solution that provided no insight or predictability. Solution Wine Warehouse chose an SAP enterprise resource management (ERP) suite and the IBM Express ™ Food & Beverage Solution. IBM Global Business Services implemented and deployed the solution, which is hosted on an IBM System p5 ® 550 server running the IBM AIX ® operating system. The SAP suite and the IBM solution are supported by a robust IBM DB2 ® data server that handles 150GB of production data. A second System p5 550 server supports development and test activities.
    • Benefits
    • Gains a flexible and adaptable software foundation for future growth
    • Increases the percentage of correctly filled customer orders
    • Decreases overstocking expenses and improves overall operational efficiency in warehouse operations
    “ SAP and IBM Global Services have helped us improve our warehousing operations, introducing greater discipline and accountability.” — Mark Powell, warehouse manager, Wine Warehouse
    • Solution Components:
    • SAP ERP
    • IBM Express Food & Beverage Solution
    • IBM Power Systems p5
    • IBM DB2
  • 75.
    • Business Challenge Whirlpool is the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. Despite experiencing rapid revenue growth, the company found profitability stagnated. To stay ahead of rising competition, it needed to consolidate and integrate its fragmented business processes to deliver maximum efficiency through its entire value chain.
    • Solution Whirlpool engaged IBM to reconstitute its business processes, with best practices, worldwide. Standardized metrics, as well as product and parts taxonomies, enabled the company to achieve a new level of operational excellence worldwide. As a globally integrated company, Whirlpool can now deliver the right product mix to local markets and maximize efficiency.
    • Benefits
    • Substantially reduced finished goods inventory
    • Faster product development cycles
    • Improved ability to focus on the most profitable products and features
    Whirlpool Focusing on operational excellence as global growth shifts into high gear
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM Global Services – Strategic Outsourcing
    • IBM DB2
    • IBM Tivoli family of products
    • IBM Power Systems
    • IBM System z
    • SAP R/3
    “ We’re relying on operational excellence to manage rapid growth more profitably and continue our leadership… IBM is helping us reach that goal.” – Kevin Summers, corporate vice president and Global CIO, Whirlpool Corporation
  • 76. University of Cincinnati
    • Business Challenge
      • Build a new infrastructure to accommodate a new suite of financial and human resources software
      • Align the university’s processes with best practices in the educational arena
    • Solution
      • Implemented SAP ERP Financials, SAP ERP Human Capital Management and SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence software
      • Engaged IBM Global Business Services and IBM Business Partner Sirius to design and manage the infrastructure project
      • Deployed the SAP solution on IBM System p ™ servers, IBM Tivoli ® software and IBM DB2 ® information management software
    • Benefits
      • Builds a modern, centralized ERP solution
      • Migrates applications onto cost-effective hardware
      • Reduces hardware licensing and system maintenance costs
    www.uc.edu “ We are very excited about POWER6”. The ability to move LPARs from one physical machine to another without shutting down the SAP applications is going to make server maintenance much more flexible. In addition, the greater energy efficiency of the new POWER6 chipset will help us reduce electricity costs. Combined with the Live Partition Migration capabilities, which will help us collocate under-utilized LPARs on a single server, this will help us meet our green computing commitments.” --Dan Kuhlmann, IT Manager of the Basis Team at UC
  • 77. The City and County of Honolulu Business Challenge When Mufi Hannemann took office as mayor of the City and County of Honolulu in 2005, he inherited a Department of Information Technology (DIT) that was languishing after years of under-funding. With some systems up to 35 years old, running on hardware and operating systems that were no longer supported, the agency was in critical need of a strategic IT plan and a fast-tracked infusion of investment in new technologies. Solution Mayor Hannemann put forth an aggressive plan to build a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure for Honolulu, a directive that included deploying new hardware, upgrading to the latest technologies and implementing a business continuity strategy. The DIT virtualized a new ERP system on IBM System p5™, migrated legacy mainframe applications to IBM System z9® and standardized storage agency-wide on IBM System Storage™. Fast-tracking a new IT infrastructure OIP03001-USEN-00 “ We went with the IBM   System p5 architecture not only because of reliability and availability but because of the flexibility it gives us for the future. ” — Gordon Bruce CIO City and County of Honolulu
    • Benefits
    • Achieved new levels of systems scalability and performance
    • Increased flexibility through virtualization and partitioning
    • Enabled more reliable services for the citizens of Honolulu
  • 78. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Creating an e-commerce platform for the future
    • Business Challenge
    • To better enable synergies between its 14 gifting brands, create greater business agility and reach its goal of becoming one of the top 10 among the Internet Retailer Top 500 companies, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, INC. needed to replace multiple, diverse, siloed e-commerce systems with a unified platform.
    • Solution
    • The company teamed with IBM to implement IBM WebSphere® Commerce for two of its gift food brands as an initial proof of concept for the platform. Using knowledge gained from this rollout, the company will take a greater role in transitioning most of its other brands to the new platform. The new platform adds flexibility and agility, making it significantly easier to launch new Web commerce brands—allowing the company to try new business strategies with little risk. In addition, the shared platform facilitates cross-selling and information sharing a cross the enterprise.
    • Benefits
      • Enables more rapid creation and deployment of retail Web sites
      • Facilitates cross-selling between brands
      • Provides the potential for information sharing across business units
      • Provides a rich, differentiated customer experience
    “ The platform will enable the individual brands to do things they would never have been able to cost-justify before. It’s going to give us unprecedented agility.” — Steve Bozzo, CIO, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM Global Financing
    • IBM WebSphere Commerce
    • IBM WebSphere Message Broker
    • IBM WebSphere MQ
    • IBM Power Systems ™
    © 2009 IBM Corporation
  • 79. Lunender
    • Business Challenge
    • Hindered by its unplanned, nonintegrated server infrastructure, Lunender was poorly positioned to support its continuous growth. In addition, the company profile included constant strategic changes and challenges, which required a platform that could maintain and facilitate prompt access to valuable data. Lunender needed an affordable, reliable solution that could meet its scalability, performance and integration requirements.
    • Solution
    • Lunender implemented an IBM System p5 ™ 550 server and an IBM BladeCenter ® platform in a redundant configuration. Each IBM BladeCenter E chassis houses IBM BladeCenter HS21 and IBM BladeCenter JS21 servers. The BladeCenter HS21 servers act as Microsoft ® Windows ® Terminal Services servers, and the BladeCenter JS21 servers host the client’s existing systems. An IBM System x ™ 3550 mainframe acts as a backup server. IBM Tivoli ® Storage Manager software and IBM storage area network (SAN) switches link the servers to a SAN environment.
    • Benefits
      • Improves performance, availability, security and reliability
      • Provides the scalability needed to support the client’s growth
      • Enables the client to align its IT systems with its growth needs
    “ The solution from IBM gave us improved performance, availability, security and reliability. Plus, it’s proven itself to be affordable and capable of scaling to meet all our needs.” — Lunender Supporting growth with affordable scalability from IBM
  • 80. Constantia Hueck Folien GmbH & Co. KG
    • Business Challenge
      • Support the company’s SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning ) application 24x7 to help ensure that its supply chain, production line and logistics are managed effectively
      • Install a new system with greater performance, scalability and resiliency for its SAP applications
    • Solution
      • Deployed two IBM System p5 ™ 550 servers to support a new SAP ERP application—which includes a complete suite of modules—as well as SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence software
      • Implemented two IBM System Storage ™ N5200 disk systems, which facilitate high availability and system-level redundancy for the SAP applications
    • Benefits
      • Helped to ensure that the client’s SAP applications and other systems remain available 24x7
      • Designed to reduce risk for the business and to facilitate the preservation of profit margins
      • Offered considerable scalability and resiliency
    www.hueck-folien.de
  • 81. SWK Stadtwerke Krefeld AG boosts the performance of its SAP software when it leverages IBM solutions to support it Business Challenge German utility company SWK Stadtwerke Krefeld AG (SWK) needed to meet European Union regulations that required separate IT environments for billing and general business. The utility wanted to comply with the standards by building a high-capacity, high-performance IT infrastructure to support a modernized SAP environment. Solution SWK migrated its existing SAP applications, as well as new SAP solutions, to two IBM System p5 ™ 590 servers featuring an IBM DB2 ® data server. The DB2 data server delivers deep compression capabilities and supports the SAP software. In addition, SWK implemented IBM System Storage ™ DS8000 disk servers and IBM Tivoli ® Storage Manager software across two data centers.
    • Benefits
    • Addresses EU compliance requirements for separate IT environments by using System p5 590 servers
    • Improves system performance by cutting the SAP Business Intelligence database by 65 percent and the SAP ERP database by 45 percent
    • Significantly improves customer satisfaction levels
    “ With the new SAP applications running on the IBM infrastructure, we have significantly improved customer satisfaction, as well as enhancing the cost-efficiency and flexibility of IT service provision.” — Georg Beran, IT production manager, SWK
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM System p5 590
    • IBM DB2 data server
    • IBM System Storage DS8000
    • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
  • 82. Techem
    • Business Challenge
      • Upgrade the existing SAP ERP application
      • Increase the performance and capacity of the IT infrastructure to support the software upgrade
    • Solution
      • Doubled the processing capacity of IBM System p ™ servers to support additional SAP licenses
      • Installed a virtualized storage area network based on IBM System Storage ™ equipment and IBM Tivoli ® Storage Manager software
      • Engaged IBM Global Technology Services to provide software maintenance
    • Benefits
      • Enhanced IT performance, stability and capacity to support the SAP upgrade
      • Better storage scalability and more reliable backups to accommodate increasing SAP ERP system workloads
    www.techem.de “ The SVA and IBM team did an extraordinary job on the SAP migration project.” — IT department manager, Techem
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM System p5
    • AIX and SUSE Linux
    • SAP ERP, CRM
    • SAP BI
    • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
    • IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms
  • 83. Turkish flat steel producer improves performance and ease of management of its SAP ERP suite with IBM DB2 software Business challenge For many years, Borçelik had been using in-house financial and supply chain applications that were expensive to maintain and difficult to extend when adding new functionality. Realizing that improved efficiencies and differentiating best practices could be achieved by upgrading its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, Borçelik began investigating options. Solution Borçelik implemented several SAP ERP modules, as well as SAP Strategic Enterprise Management and SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence. To support the ERP suite, the client contacted IBM Business Partner ComPro to deploy an IBM DB2 ® data server during a standard maintenance slot. The core business SAP applications and the DB2 database run on the IBM AIX ® operating system in virtualized logical partitions (LPARs) on eight IBM Power Systems ™ servers with quad-core IBM POWER5+ ™ processors.
    • Benefits
    • Enables the client to upgrade its ERP suite without losing easy access to its DB2 data from within the SAP interface
    • Supports the manufacturer’s need to keep up with industry best practices
    • Reduces software licensing and maintenance fees by 25 percent
    “ Thanks to IBM DB2 we are saving around 25 percent on software licensing and maintenance fees.” — Ozcan Soke, IT manager, Borçelik
    • Solution components:
    • SAP ERP suite
    • IBM DB2 data server
    • IBM Power Systems servers
  • 84.
    • Solution components:
    • IBM® WebSphere® Application Server Network Deployment
    • IBM WebSphere Integration Developer
    • IBM WebSphere Process Server
    • IBM WebSphere Service Registry and Repository
    • IBM WebSphere MQ
    • IBM WebSphere Software Services: ISSW - Lab Services
    • IBM Power Systems™
    Business challenge To meet increasing competition in the logistics industry, COSCON needed to leverage a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) to improve its IT department’s flexibility and efficiency. Moving forward, COSCON also needed to adopt an SOA governance methodology and portfolio to ensure its SOA investments were aligned with business objectives. Solution IBM® Lab Services was engaged to implement an SOA governance solution based on a collection of IBM hardware and software. The solution provided effective SOA governance, service identification, and SOA design practices. The entire suite of WebSphere® solutions was deployed on System p5® 560Q and System p5 570 servers, all running the AIX OS. The IBM Lab Service team delivered in-depth training, consulting and mentoring to enable COSCO employees to effectively use the WebSphere-based SOA governance framework.
    • Benefits
    • Effectively leverages existing assets within new IT systems
    • Aligns SOA investments with business objectives
    • Delivers an effective SOA governance framework solution
    Aligning Service Oriented Architecture investments with business objectives COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd (COSCON)
  • 85. Linux References
  • 86. Peking University People’s Hospital Providing better, smarter healthcare with electronic, remote monitoring 90% The need: To meet its expansion objectives, PKUPH needed to create a shared electronic health record system among community hospitals and healthcare centers throughout Beijing. PKUPH also wanted to provide more responsive, proactive care to patients with chronic conditions, hoping to improve the patients’ general well-being and reduce or prevent acute attacks. The solution: PKUPH is working with IBM Research - China and IBM Global Business Services to implement a community-wide electronic healthcare record system based on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and international medical information standards. In addition, PKUPH is building into the platform telemedicine functionality that leverages mobile telecommunications and real-time messaging alert services.
    • What makes it smarter:
    • Continuous monitoring and real-time alert capability helps mitigate worsening of patients’ conditions, reduces acute attacks, and improves quality of life
    • Converts disorganized files into standardized, interoperable formats using CDA (Clinical Data Architecture) adaptor
    • Creates longitudinal electronic health records, allowing personalized health assessment and treatment based on individual medical circumstances
    “ With a particular focus on open standards-based interoperability of patient data, IBM’s solution can effectively facilitate patient referrals, enable test result exchanges, and improve prescription sharing for PKUPH.” -- Liu Fan, CIO of PKUPH
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Research - China
    • IBM GBS
    • IBM GBSC
    • IBM System p
    • IBM DB2 Administration Tool for z/OS
    • Linux - Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • IBM WebSphere Message Broker for Multiplatforms
  • 87.
    • Business challenge Prior to the implementation of the IBM solution, the company faced the following challenges:
    • Launch double-entry bookkeeping in accordance with the latest statutory requirements
    • Set up a future-safe, flexible IT platform for hosting SAP applications
    • Establish Linux as a strategic operating system platform
    • Ensure fail-safe operation of the SAP production systems that it hosts
    • Consolidate an existing SAP system for facilities management onto the new platform
    • Integrate the new landscape into the existing systems management environment, especially for backup/restore and monitoring purposes.
    • Solution
    • For the past four years, IBM Global Services - Global Business Services had been assisting the city administration to implement standard SAP ERP software. IBM helped the company implement one of the first extensive double-entry bookkeeping installations, based on Linux operating system, two IBM Power 570 systems and IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller technology. IBM Global Technology Services - Integrated Technology Services provided the design and implementation of the infrastructure, SAP Basis and associated middleware.
    • Benefits
    • Enjoy the benefits of the easy integration of IBM Power platforms and an open SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system
    • Achieve synergies by running SAP and non-SAP applications on the same hardware, thereby reducing energy requirements
    • Enable a swifter response to changing customer requirements
    Kommunale Datenzentrale Mainz Adopting high performance technologies to drive business growth
  • 88. IT-Informatik Germany-based solution provider moves into SAP application hosting on IBM Power systems running Linux
    • Business Challenge
    • Provide a scalable SAP offering allowing midsized to enterprise customers the ability to run full SAP landscapes without having to manage day-by-day administration and maintenance.
    • Solution
    • SAP on IBM Power Systems running Linux in a hosted environment with the capacity for growth
      • SAP ERP 6.0, SAP Solution Manager
      • MaxDB
      • Novell SUSE Linux
      • IBM PowerVM™ virtualization technologies
      • Live Partition Mobility ™
      • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
      • SAN built around IBM System Storage DS4700
    • Benefits
      • Less than 65% data center space required
      • 80% quicker to set up new customer environments
      • Total security for each SAP instance
    “ Power Systems Linux virtualization is highly effective for hosting multiple SAP landscapes. One of the biggest benefits is that when we win a new client, instead of ordering new physical servers, we simply create a new LPAR in a matter of minutes." -- Achim Schütz, Team Leader IT-Informatik
  • 89.
    • Business Challenge
    • Replace aging private branch exchange (PBX) systems with a unified telephony solution
    • Solution
    • IBM Business Partner Typex Group helped Kawasaki Motors implement a unified communications solution on two IBM Power 520 Express systems running Red Hat Linux and IBM i workloads and the following using IBM PowerVM™ virtualization technologies:
      • 3Com VCX Enterprise Telephony Suite
      • 3Com Enterprise Management Suite
      • Internet Protocol (IP) telephony and IP messaging
      • Lotus Unified Messaging
      • Typex UC2Go for rapid deployment
    • Benefits
      • Reduce cabling cost for new head office
      • Free calls between connected country locations
      • Increased manageability and resiliency
    “ Our new unified communications solution on Power Systems provides real productivity improvements leading to required cost savings and even more customer service benefits.” Brian Haselgrove,CIO Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki Motors Reducing cost and improving service with new unified communications solution on Power
  • 90. Queensland Motorways Ltd. IBM Industry Linux solution and robust Power Systems infrastructure provide increased services levels and efficiencies “ In all my years in the workforce I have never been associated with a system implementation that has been as professionally delivered with such commitment.” --Jeremy Turner, CFO, Queensland Motorway Ltd
    • Business Challenge
    • Implement new free flow tolling Central System to transform QML’s business operations for efficiencies and to set a platform for growth.
    • Solution
    • Optimized infrastructure and increased interconnectedness through a portfolio of IBM and Partner applications on Linux on IBM Power™ 570 and IBM Blade Servers
      • IBM Electronic Toll Collection solution
      • IBM WebSphere Application Server, MQ
      • IBM WebSphere Message Broker,Proxy Server, Load Balancer
      • IBM Tivoli Access Manager
      • IBM TotalStorage DS 8000, DS800 Metro (Data) Mirroring
      • SAP full landscape (CRM, ERP, BI, etc.)
      • Oracle Database
      • Adobe Document Services
      • Disaster Recovery
    • Benefits
      • Real TCO savings leveraging premium services, software, and hardware
      • Robustness to achieve highest service levels and increased efficiencies
      • Intelligent Data mirroring and 24x7x365 availability
  • 91. Techem
    • Business Challenge
      • Upgrade the existing SAP ERP application
      • Increase the performance and capacity of the IT infrastructure to support the software upgrade
    • Solution
      • Doubled the processing capacity of IBM System p ™ servers to support additional SAP licenses
      • Installed a virtualized storage area network based on IBM System Storage ™ equipment and IBM Tivoli ® Storage Manager software
      • Engaged IBM Global Technology Services to provide software maintenance
    • Benefits
      • Enhanced IT performance, stability and capacity to support the SAP upgrade
      • Better storage scalability and more reliable backups to accommodate increasing SAP ERP system workloads
    www.techem.de “ The SVA and IBM team did an extraordinary job on the SAP migration project.” — IT department manager, Techem
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM System p5
    • AIX and SUSE Linux
    • SAP ERP, CRM
    • SAP BI
    • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
    • IBM Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms
  • 92. VOLKSWAGEN AG
    • Business Challenge
    • To support its global operations, Volkswagen has a corporate data center with three server locations in Wolfsburg. A subset of 76 standalone competitive UNIX servers with different web application middleware was hosted there. Using these servers, several Volkswagen applications were pieced together on their own distinct systems. These were difficult to scale as needed, driving up maintenance costs and lowering efficiency. Volkswagen was determined to find a more manageable and scalable underlying hardware and software solution capable of enabling it to reduce total cost of ownership while boosting competitiveness.
    • Solution
    • IBM Global Technology Services and IBM Global Business Services helped Volkswagen consolidate from 76 servers down to six System p5 570 servers (running IBM AIX and Red Hat Linux) and the migration of 77 web based applications. IBM also helped standardize the company’s operational processes and WebSphere middleware stack, helping boost efficiency and lower costs for the automaker. The AIX-based LPARs (Logical Partitions) are clustered with IBM High Availability Cluster Multiprocessing (HACMP) software, helping Volkswagen to secure availability within their middleware infrastructure.
    • Benefits
      • Significantly reduced the complexity and total cost of ownership (TCO) of its global IT infrastructure
      • Enables the automobile manufacturer to more quickly respond to changing market conditions
    Consolidation and virtualization improves efficiency, competitiveness
  • 93. Zappos.com Internet Retail Innovation Supported by Managed Infrastructure Growth Business challenge Move to a platform that would support Linux ® applications and allow them to quickly scale up and stay one step ahead of the growing customer base
    • Benefits
    • In same POWER™ processor-based architecture footprint since 2005, scaling up to meet demand that has taken them to a projected US$1 billion in gross merchandise sales during 2008.
    • Plans to use Live Partition Mobility on new POWER6™ processor architecture for new application development and testing
    “ Nothing performs like IBM Power as our database server. Best of all, our infrastructure remains simple – even as we add more processing capacity to meet growth.” Power = Openness + Scalability Kris Ongbongan, Systems Manager, Zappos.com POP03022-USEN-00 Solution Move from x86 servers to IBM Power 570 to support rapid growth without the need to buy additional servers
  • 94. IBM i References
  • 95. Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien Enhances business analytics and forecasting
    • Solution components:
    • SAP ERP
    • IBM ® i
    • IBM Cognos ® 8 Planning
    • IBM Cognos PowerPlay ®
    • IBM Power 520 Express
    • IBM Power Systems ™ i550
    • IBM System Storage ® TS3100 tape library
    • IBM Global Technology Services
    “ The breadth of IBM’s offering – including server and storage hardware, business intelligence software and technical services – helps Rotkäppchen get the most out of its SAP ERP environment and support the growth of its business.” — André Birrenbach, Chief Information Officer, Rotkäppchen
    • The Need:
    • German winemaker Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien needed to integrate the recently acquired Eckes Spirituosen & Wein into its central SAP ERP landscape. With a broader product range and a larger volume of products after the acquisition, the winery needed to increase sales forecast accuracy, customer profitability analysis and planning .
    • The Solution:
    • Working with IBM Global Technology Services, the company upgraded its IBM i environment and deployed a suite of IBM Cognos software. The software provides monthly rolling forecasts and real-time analytics. Ultimately, point-of-sale and market research data will be captured and integrated to provide almost continuous rolling sales and production planning forecasts.
    • What Makes it Smarter:
    • Feeds business results back into the sales forecasting tool for the next monthly rolling forecast, generating a positive feedback cycle to optimize business performance
    • Captures data from point-of-sale devices, barcode scanners and market research from external vendors
    • Extracts data to create forecasts, distributes data to production sites and makes data available to business intelligence and data warehousing applications
  • 96. SEA Aereoporti di Milano Intelligent loyalty program improves passenger service and airport experience
    • The need:
    • SEA, the company that manages the Milan Airport, wanted to improve passengers’ experience in the airport. By improving services such as faster check-in and seat assignment, passengers would have more time to spend in the shopping area.
    • The solution:
    • SEA worked with IBM to implement SEAMI, a customer experience and airport loyalty program. It provides a personalized passenger experience throughout the Milan Airport. The program is administered via a membership card, read by RFID readers in the airport. The system automatically loads customer purchase data, allowing customer segmentation, customer spending analysis and traffic management analysis.
    • What makes it smarter:
    • Enables SEA to target passengers/members with specific marketing promotions and opportunities based on the data analysis provided by the system
    • Can be used to manage retailers and rents based on traffic information gathered from readers throughout the airport
    • Provides personalized service and benefits to passengers/members, immediately and transparently, thanks to the RFID technology behind the solution
    “ Prior to SEA’s launch of the SEAMI loyalty program, passengers entering the airport were anonymous. Now, each member of the program is recognized upon entering the airport, and treated as a preferred guest, complete with recognition awards.” — Fabio Degli Esposi, CIO of SEA Milan Airports
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Global Services - GBS CRM, GBS Strategy & Change
    • IBM Power 520 Express, Power Systems running i
    • IBM SurePOS 300 Express
    • ISV ICTeam
  • 97.
    • The Need Elie Tahari had its order, sales, inventory and financial data dispersed across the company, making it difficult for managers to quickly access data needed to make critical business decisions. Managers couldn't identify products in greatest demand, resulting in warehouses overstocked with less-popular items, with hot items on back order.
    • The Solution Using IBM Cognos BI 8 to front end to its centralized data warehouse, IBM Cognos Framework Manager to model interrelated data, and IBM Cognos 8 Event Studio for bursting sales performance reports, Elie Tahari implements new BI system built on IBM technology. Elie Tahari may now create new intelligence by presenting a unified view of all information available in different systems, which can then be put to use for smarter decisions around market demand and specific customer needs.
    • What Makes it Smarter
      • Improves visibility into business activity, enabling deeper insight into customer needs
      • Targeting of new customers and better inventory forecasting
      • Provides real-time access to business-critical information, driving faster responses to marketplace demands and business challenges
      • Helps achieve a significant competitive advantage in the industry, boosted sales, and cut operational costs
    Elie Tahari Ltd. New Intelligence
    • Solution Components
    • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence
    • IBM System i5 550
    “ Access to information that helps us understand and forecast what the consumer wants is vital, and technology that can help us do that will give us a strong competitive advantage .” — Elie Tahari, president and CEO, Elie Tahari Ltd.
  • 98. North American Nutrition Companies, Inc. North American Nutrition Companies, Inc. nourishes expansion with SAP software and IBM System i servers The need: Growing from a single company to a multi-brand group of companies, North American Nutrition Companies, Inc. (NANCO) wished to take advantage of economies of scale. To achieve this goal, new SAP software would help the company integrate and consolidate its information management, but the existing IT infrastructure was not well suited to scale up to meet the business objectives. The solution: NANCO selected an IBM System i server, model 550, for its SAP applications, and moved its existing server into backup and disaster recovery roles. Multiple logical partitions (LPARs) allow NANCO to host all the operating companies on the same physical server, and allow real-time data mirroring to provide continuous protection from disaster. The benefits: Response times have been reduced from 1.5s to 0.3s, boosting productivity for more than 200 users. Low maintenance and operational costs are reinforced by low staffing costs: for example, the company’s IT Department had four people supporting 85 users at a single location originally; now, in a company three times larger, the same IT staff supports over 200 users across 10 remote locations. “ The IT staff has not grown at all, even with all the changes, acquisitions and growth that has been going on. By retaining IBM System i technology, we do not need to train up new people, and on the other side of the coin, reporting is better and more timely.” -- Scott Lachecki, Business Process Manager at NANCO
    • Solution components:
    • IBM System i5 520, i5 550
    • IBM DB2 for i5/OS
    • IBM Lotus Notes
    • IBM Lotus Domino
  • 99. A leading manufacturer of PVC profile systems in Germany engages with IBM to deliver maintenance support for IBM Power servers and SAP system Business challenge: The client took responsibility for serving the core processes relevant to the SAP system used by the entire VEKA Group. To best support the SAP system, which is hosted on a high availability installation utilizing three IBM Power 570 servers running the IBM i V6.1 operating system, the client needed maintenance services. Solution: VEKA AG chose IBM Comfort Line, an enhanced technical support offered by IBM Global Technology Services – Maintenance and Technical Support, to manage and maintain its complex SAP and IBM infrastructure. The solution includes a remote Account Advocate (rAA), who acts as a central interface for the company, available for critical cases, tracking problems with telecommunication providers, speed troubleshooting, complaint response processing, and for managing escalations with IBM Rochester Labs. The services contract also includes hardware and software maintenance.
    • Benefits:
    • Single interface for accessing maintenance support through IBM remote Account Advocate (rAA)
    • Competent troubleshooting and complaint response processing
    • Proactive supervision by IBM team ensures smooth running of infrastructure
    Location: Sendenhorst, Germany Industry: Industrial Products Profile: Leading manufacturer of PVC profile systems for doors and windows Size: about 3,350 employees
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Power 570
    • IBM i 6.1
    • IBM GTS – Maintenance & Technical Support
    • SAP
    http://www.veka.com
  • 100. Gemeente Goes Gemeente Goes hosts SAP applications for six municipalities on IBM i The need: Gemeente Goes and five other Dutch municipalities were running CiVision Belastingen & Kadaster Suite, a qualified SAP Business All-in-One partner solution from PinkRoccade Local Government, on a variety of IBM and HP platforms on separate servers at their own data centers. Hardware costs were relatively high, and obtaining local support was difficult and expensive. The solution: Working with PinkRoccade Local Government, the six municipalities consolidated their SAP Business All-in-One environments into separate IBM i subsystems within a single logical partition on an IBM Power 550 Express server running at the Gemeente Goes data center. The subsystems also run a number of legacy applications in mixed workload mode.
    • The benefits:
    • Consolidating to a single Power 550 Express server reduces hardware, maintenance and support costs by approximately 40 percent.
    • IBM i subsystems provide a highly secure and reliable environment even for a mixed workload of multiple legacy and SAP applications.
    • IBM POWER6 processors deliver excellent performance for the combined overall workload.
    “ Over the lifetime of our new IBM Power 550 Express server, we will make considerable savings on hardware, software licensing and operational costs. At Noord-Beveland we estimate that we will achieve cost reductions of approximately 40 percent, and the other gemeentes should be making similar savings.” -- Wilko Fokke, Gemeente Noord-Beveland
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Power Systems, System i5 520
    • IBM DB2 for i5/OS
  • 101. Barbecue Plaza
    • Solution components:
    • IBM System i5 520
    • IBM DB2 for i5/OS
    “ The IBM team and SAP consultants were most impressive, and IBM System i InstallOption for SAP Business All-in-One delivered a complete SAP solution very rapidly.” Neerada Choopojcharoen Business Development Executive The Barbecue Plaza Co Ltd Business challenge: The highly successful Barbecue Plaza restaurant chain was relying on self-developed software that provided limited reporting functionality. Central food stores were often overstocked to avoid shortages at individual restaurants, and without detailed management information it was difficult to control and reduce costs. With ambitious expansion plans, Barbecue Plaza wanted to reduce inventory, increase efficiency and prepare for international expansion. Solution: Barbecue Plaza selected an integrated solution based on SAP ERP 6.0 applications including financials, controlling, materials management, sales & distribution and production planning functionalities, running on an IBM System i 520 server. To reduce the implementation time, costs and complexity, Barbecue Plaza chose IBM System i InstallOption for SAP Business All-in-One an approach which delivered a ready-to-run SAP software environment in just one day.
    • Benefits:
    • IBM System i InstallOption for SAP Business All-in-One delivered a working solution far more rapidly than conventional installation approaches.
    • Barbecue Plaza is able to forecast restaurant demand more accurately, helping to reduce central inventory levels and cut food wastage.
  • 102. Solinest The need: The lack of integration between Solinest's IT systems made it difficult to gain a clear view of inventory, as well as causing problems with data integrity. With the company continuing on a double-digit annual growth path, it was clear that the existing systems for managing finance and logistics could scale no further. The solution: Working with IBM Global Business Services and SAP France, Solinest implemented the SAP Business All-in-One solution on the IBM Power Systems platform with an IBM DB2 database. IBM Global Business Services provided an end-to-end solution encompassing design, architecture, sizing, configuration, data migration, rollout and training for the SAP software, helping Solinest to achieve rapid deployment despite limited internal IT resources.
    • The benefits:
    • Coherent integration of business processes across different functional areas.
    • Estimated 300 per cent improvement in data quality.
    • Enabling improved client service; real-time inventory information is available both internally and to supply chain partners via an extranet
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Power 550
    • IBM i
    • IBM DB2 for i5/OS
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • SAP All-in-One
    “ With SAP Business All-in-One running on the robust IBM Power Systems platform, we are confident that we can continue to grow our business rapidly”. --Christian Meyer, CIO of Solinest
  • 103. 7-Eleven Pty Ltd (Australia) streamlines operations when it upgrades its SAP ERP environment on the IBM i platform Business Challenge Although 7-Eleven had been running SAP business applications on the IBM OS/400 operating system (now called IBM i) for some time, its processes were becoming dated and had to be upgraded for the business to thrive in the present economy. To meet its aggressive growth strategy, 7-Eleven needed to centralize its replenishment and distribution model, improve financial reporting and upgrade its business applications. Solution Building upon its existing IBM and SAP investments, 7-Eleven implemented the SAP Business Suite on IBM i logical partitions running on IBM Power Systems servers. As part of the solution, the company's Microsoft Windows technology-based servers and applications were integrated into a central-ized management system, the performance and capacity of which was boosted by new IBM POWER6 processor-based Power Systems servers.
    • Benefits
    • Realized a quick ROI on hardware and software investments
    • Increased revenue and profits through improved stock management
    • Reduced deliveries into stores from 110 to 30 per week
    “ The IBM i platform and its integrated IBM DB2 database delivered excellent performance, reliability and cost savings.” — 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd
    • Solution Components:
    • SAP ERP 6.0
    • SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence
    • IBM i
    • IBM Power Systems
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  • 104. Co-Operative Bulk Handling Group Ltd. DIP03001-USEN-00
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM Power™ 550
    • IBM System x3850 M2
    • IBM System Storage™ DS4800
    “ To help [our growers] capitalize on what may be very brief windows of opportunity, we need to deliver the kind of always-on service they expect from their banks. Moving to IBM Power Systems gave us that capability.” — Mathew Regan, ICT Operations Manager, Co-Operative Bulk Handling Group Ltd. Business Challenge Co-Operative Bulk Handling Group (CBH Group) faced a fundamental change in its industry, moving from a highly regulated business environment to one that was far more open to competition. The organization needed to expand its online grain handling application from 1,000 to 5,500 external users, and to ensure high performance and availability in spite of the projected increase in transactions. CBH Group also needed to address power and space constraints in its data centers, and to centralize data storage and backup. Solution Implemented two IBM Power™ 550 Express™ servers running both IBM i and IBM AIX® with PowerVM™ to support grain handling and payments applications; implemented six IBM System x3850 M2 servers running VMware to host 140 Linux® and Microsoft® Windows® virtual servers; implemented IBM System Storage™ DS4800, SAN Volume Controller, TS3500 Tape Library, and IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager software. The entire server and storage infrastructure is duplicated at a second site for protection against disaster.
    • Benefits
    • Supported 400 percent increase in transactional volumes
    • Enabled fast creation of virtual servers to meet new requirements
    • Created a robust, scalable, responsive and flexible infrastructure
    Using virtualization to manage sudden business growth
  • 105. Border States Electric reduces costs and boosts sales with SAP and IBM Power Systems
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM® Power™ Systems
    • IBM DB2® for i5/OS
    • IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager
    • IBM WebSphere® Portal
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • SAP® R/3®
    “ The combination of the powerful virtualization features, the unbeatable reliability and the fact that DB2 is fully integrated with the operating system makes IBM Power Systems with IBM i the perfect choice for our SAP application landscape. ” — Greg Thrall Senior VP for Operations and IT Border States Electric Business challenge Border States Electric needed a flexible ERP solution, but its legacy software was highly specialized and difficult to modify. The company wanted to move to a more flexible solution that would make it easier to integrate acquisitions and drive efficiencies.
    • Benefits
    • Sales have increased by 300 per cent and profits by 500 per cent since initial SAP R/3 implementation in 1998.
    • Accelerate month-end reporting by 95 per cent .
    • Enhancement of EDI means over 60 per cent of vendor invoices can be processed automatically.
    • IBM Power Systems servers deliver near-100 per cent uptime.
    • Solution
    • Working with IBM Global Business Services and SAP Consulting, Border States Electric implemented ERP applications from SAP on the IBM Power Systems with IBM i platform.
    • The solution is integrated with numerous third-party applications and the company’s IBM WebSphere Portal implementation.
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  • 106. Ostnor IBM solutions yield improved performance and high availability Business challenge Ostnor is the leading manufacturer of faucets, fittings, and accessories in the Nordic countries. The company needed to redesign their IT infrastructure to improve server performance and to consolidate their Lawson Movex workload. They turned to IBM and IBM Premier Business Partner Atea Sverige AB for a high availability solution. Solution Ostnor replaced their IBM System i® 810 server and IBM i 5.4 operating system with an IBM Power™ 520 Express server and IBM i 6.1. To provide high availability, they deployed the former production system, the i810, as backup server and enabled geographic mirroring between the two servers with IBM PowerHA™ for i.
    • Benefits
    • Manages risk by providing improved security and high availability while reducing IT costs and power usage
    • Provides powerful server performance with built-in POWER6™ processors
    • Provides the right environment to support business process efficiency
    “ The new IBM Power servers and upgraded IT environment give us the power, high availability, security and reliability we need while helping us reduce costs” — Kerstin Resar-Hinders, IT manager, Ostnor
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Power 520 Express
    • IBM i 6.1
    • BM PowerHA for i
  • 107. CATCO Parts and Service Delivering highly available business intelligence Business challenge CATCO Parts and Service needed to provide reliable uptime for business-critical sales tools and inventory systems to help support its loyal customer base. Solution Implement high availability with IBM® PowerHA™ for IBM i geographic clustering and mirroring to enable easy switching via IP between independent auxiliary storage pools on a primary IBM Power® 520 system and a secondary Power 270 system
    • Benefits
    • Provides for 100 percent system uptime, which helps avoid estimated losses of US$20,000 per hour of downtime; automated weekend switchover regularly tests availability to help ensure business remains protected
    • Synchronous mirroring allows the business to resume on secondary systems only 20 minutes after an unplanned outage
    • Easy-to-use, hardware-based solution requires maintenance of only 10 minutes per week and no additional headcount
    “ With PowerHA for IBM i, we have the flexibility to assess the nature of the outage and the ability to protect productivity by quickly resuming service.” – David Gerdes, Chief Operating Officer, CATCO Parts and Service
    • Solution components:
    • IBM Power 520
    • IBM PowerHA for IBM i V6R1
  • 108. Svendsen drives new efficiencies among staff and business processes with a new SAP environment supported by IBM Business challenge To thrive against competing wholesalers, Svendsen needed to maximize the productivity of its 30 employees by minimizing noncore responsibilities. In the past, the organization had offloaded key enterprise resource planning (ERP) tasks to its SAP environment. But as the business grew, Svendsen’s staff was being slowed by sluggish SAP systems. Solution Svendsen joined with IBM Business Partner KIRBIS Business Solutions to update its environment with the SAP Business All-in-One solution. The SAP software was customized to support the wholesale industry, leveraging increased warehouse and inventory management functions. The client deployed the solution on IBM Power Systems ™ hardware where it is supported by an IBM DB2 ® data server.
    • Benefits
    • Strengthens the efficiencies of inventory management processes by cutting response times for SAP systems
    • Increases the availability of critical business systems and reduces the IT management burden, improving staff productivity
    • Secures a cost-effective operating environment, deploying more powerful computing resources at the same price as competing solutions
    “ SAP Business All-in-One on IBM i and IBM Power Systems is an ideal solution—offering a simple, highly robust infra-structure that extracts the maximum benefit from the SAP applications.” — Lutz Ilgner, chief executive officer, Svendsen
    • Solution components:
    • SAP Business All-in-One
    • IBM Power Systems
    • IBM DB2
  • 109. Multivac finds SAP applications and IBM System i technology make the best package Business challenge This company needed to safely replace its legacy applications with an integrated ERP solution from SAP designed to assist in the globalization process. Solution The SAP Business Suite—a fully integrated, proven, worldwide industry standard—running on the IBM System i ® platform turned out to be the best match for Multivac’s business requirements.
    • Benefits
    • Gained excellent performance, reliability and cost savings
    • Raised total availability to almost 100 percent
    • Provided smooth transition from legacy applications to SAP software
    “ System i servers are stable and reliable. Total availability is almost 100 percent, and the [IBM] POWER6 ™ processors deliver high performance under full load.” — Jürgen Dauner, Dipl. Ing, IT team leader, Multivac GmbH & Co. KG
    • Solution components:
    • SAP ERP
    • SAP Business Suite
    • IBM System i servers with IBM POWER ® processors
    • IBM i5/OS ® OS with integrated IBM DB2 ® database
    • IBM System x ® and System i remote servers
  • 110. Sutlej Textiles and Industries Limited Implementing SAP ERP on the IBM System i platform for high-performance and low cost Business challenge To meet its revenue-growth targets in the fast-paced, competitive global textiles industry, Sutlej needed to improve efficiency and responsiveness enterprisewide. With pressure to cut costs while improving quality and time to market for an increasingly diverse range of products, Sutlej needed an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to achieve its goals and improve business control and transparency. Solution Sutlej deployed the SAP ERP application on the IBM System i ™ platform. IBM Business Partner ZenSar OBT Technologies Limited’s OBTTextile, an SAP Business All-in-One partner solution, enables and provides a single view of all processes. With logical partitioning on the IBM System i 550 platform, the SAP production and development environments fit on one machine. IBM i and IBM TotalStorage ® 3580 Tape Drive technology provide backup and recovery.
    • Benefits
    • Implemented a reliable, high-performance ERP environment at a low total cost of acquisition that supports business goals
    • Gained increased flexibility to accommodate shifting demand and new opportunities thanks to advanced logical partitioning
    • Simplified access to accurate, timely data—leading to increased transparency and improved management control
    “ The excellent teamwork between IBM, SAP and ZenSar helped us to complete the implementation rapidly and effectively, and kept rollout costs low. The quality of the service and support from IBM has been second to none.” — Vipin Shotriya, general manager, IT, Sutlej Textiles and Industries Limited
    • Solution components:
    • SAP ERP application
    • OBTTextile solution
    • IBM i operating system
    • IBM System i platform
  • 111. Alpha Bank London Power provides a reliable and security-rich foundation with IBM iCluster® Business challenge Reduce IT system maintenance requirements by consolidating systems from across its U.K.-based subsidiaries onto one platform in its London data center. “ We consolidated all of our U.K. operations onto one platform—and we did it while deploying a new application and maintaining high availability.” — Alpha Bank London
    • Solution
    • IBM i on Power mid-range system to support new Financial Objects ibis s2 software using logical partitions to run separate software instances
    • For its database and front-end applications, Alpha Bank London deployed IBM BladeCenter® HC10 servers, IBM iCluster® for i and IBM InfoSphere™ Change Data Capture software
    • Benefits
    • Dramatically reduced transaction processing time
    • Reduced maintenance requirements
    • Maintained high availability and enhanced security
  • 112. FedEx Ground Meeting rising customer expectations by driving process improvement
    • Business Challenge
    • Understanding the fierce competition within the package delivery services market, FedEx needed to ensure that its business systems were fast, reliable, resilient and flexible enough to meet ever-increasing processing demands – both near and long-term – while at the same time supporting a business model based on speed, efficiency and low cost .
    • Solution
    • FedEx Ground teamed with IBM to develop and deploy a new foundation of operations that steadily improves efficiency by processing additional data more rapidly with ensured system availability. The on-going transformation of FedEx Ground’s package delivery processes - from both customer service and competitive standpoints - is being enabled by IBM i on Power Systems and is fueled by the company’s relentless drive to be a zero-defect environment.
    • Benefits
    • Over 70% Increase of composite service and quality performance
    • Increased system availability ensuring greater reliability
    • High integration speed for application development and delivery
    “ We operate in an environment where customer expectations continue to escalate. IBM’s System i infrastructure helps us not only meet—but exceed—them by enabling us to speed up our network and develop new solutions for our customers.” – Ken Spangler, VP of IT, FedEx Ground
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM WebSphere Application Server
    • IBM DB2
    • IBM i
    • IBM Power Systems
  • 113. Usha International
    • Business Challenge
    • To simplify business processes and increase efficiency, Usha International wanted to integrate its payroll systems with its ERP environment. However, making the necessary upgrades to its SAP software and deploying the SAP ERP Human Capital Management solution would require a more powerful hardware infrastructure.
    • Solution
    • Usha replaced its four existing servers with two IBM System i™ 550 servers as the basis for its new SAP software landscape. Six IBM POWER5+™ processors are divided into logical partitions (LPARs) that run SAP ERP 6.0, SAP ERP Human Capital Management, and IBM Lotus® Domino®. IBM DB2® for i5/OS® is used as the database platform, and data is held in the i550’s internal storage. A third i550 was added to run the SAP NetWeaver® Business Intelligence component.
    • Benefits
    • Reduced manual processing and administration
    • Cut system response times by more than 95 percent
    • Reduced server management, power and cooling costs
    “ Using IBM Advanced POWER Virtualization gives us a very flexible hardware landscape, enabling us to allocate processing resources in an optimal manner… As a result, we can run our month-end reports without blocking up the entire system, which used to be a problem with our old infrastructure.” — Mr. Sukanta Kumar Nayak, Senior General Manager for IT, Usha International Using server virtualization to gain business flexibility
  • 114. Zenda Leather reduces costs and improves productivity with the IBM System i InstallOption for SAP Business All-in-One Business challenge Zenda Leather had a complex mix of different applications at its 11 global locations. The company’s aging infrastructure was not able to support its rapid growth, and Zenda Leather was unable to get an overview of its worldwide sales and production operations. Moreover, some of its IT systems were actually beginning to fail. Zenda Leather needed a way to more effectively manage operations at its international business units, one that was supported by a reliable, high-performance IT infrastructure. Solution Zenda Leather chose to run SAP software as its core business solution but was concerned that it would be a time-consuming, costly process. IBM Business Partner InterComputer proposed a two-step implementation of IBM System i ® InstallOption for the SAP Business All-in-One solution. First, an IBM System i 550 2-way server was quickly deployed to host the development and QA environment. Second, an IBM Power 550, SAP edition, 2/4-way server was installed and networked with the first server. The core SAP business software was then installed on both IBM Power Systems ™ servers.
    • Benefits
    • Helps improve and centralize global business operations and provide a big-picture view from a single, centralized location
    • Helps reduce costs through access to IBM DB2 ® technology , eliminating the need to pay a separate licensing fee
    • Enables international business units to standardize processes through a shared solution that supports multiple languages
    Location: Montevideo, Uruguay Industry: Automotive Profile: A leather manufacturer for the automotive industry Size: Eleven production plants around the world
    • Solution components:
    • SAP Business All-in-One
    • Server services
    • Storage and data services
  • 115. Groupe Mutuel Putting a premium on business flexibility by redesigning core processes Business challenge To achieve its goal of becoming number one in the Swiss health insurance market, Groupe Mutuel needed to become more flexible and cost efficient — but without changing the decentralized structure that is a pillar of its business model. Solution Groupe Mutuel worked with IBM to map the key components of its business processes as a prelude to redesigning them. To support these new processes, the company built an SOA-based infrastructure that enables the reuse of services across all 14 of its business units. By enabling the optimization of core processes across the entire business — while maintaining each business unit’s unique market identity — Groupe Mutuel’s new SOA enables the company’s operational efficiency to catch up with its rapid growth. “ Our unique business model has been a big part of our rapid growth and success. By making our systems and business processes more flexible, IBM has helped us to evolve that business model to make Groupe Mutuel a stronger and more adaptable competitor. ” — Pierre Marcel Revaz, CEO and founder, Groupe Mutuel
    • Solution Components:
    • IBM Global Business Services
    • IBM High-Availability Cluster Multiprocessing (HACMP)
    • IBM WebSphere Application Server
    • IBM WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus
    • IBM BladeCenter
    • I BM SAN Switches
    • IBM System i 595
    • IBM System p5 595
    • IBM TotalStorage 3500 Tape Library devices
    • Benefits
    • Reduction in operational costs through the standardization of backend processes
    • Reduction in the time and cost of integrating new acquisitions via SOA-based integration
    • Reduction in time to market with new insurance products
  • 116. Oceanic Worldwide Consolidation of IBM i & Linux workloads on a single Power system improved IT
    • Solution
    • Consolidate IBM eServer™ iSeries™ 810 system and two Intel-based servers running Linux® onto one Power system
    • Use PowerVM to host the IBM i operating system on one logical partition for shipping, financials, inventory, order-tracking and vendor-tracking software; use separate logical partition as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • Benefits
    • Three servers become one with lower administration and maintenance costs.
    • Employee productivity and efficiency increased
    “ The IBM solution supports all of our critical business systems and allows us to focus more resources on achieving our strategic business goals. ” — Paul Elsinga, CFO, Oceanic Worldwide Business Challenge Simply environment and minimize maintenance expenses
  • 117. Royal Cup Coffee deploys a scalable, cost-effective enterprise architecture with SAP software on IBM hardware Business challenge Having witnessed an annual business increase of 20 percent over the past several years, Royal Cup Coffee needed to update its enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. In the past, the organization had standardized on the SAP ERP application, but the underlying IT infrastructure was struggling to keep pace with the growing volumes of business data and higher user levels associated with the company’s success. Solution Royal Cup Coffee chose to migrate its SAP ERP systems onto an IBM System i ® 570 server. The SAP software controls a number of back-office operations, including financials, controlling, sales and distribution, production planning and warehouse management. At present, the IBM server is supporting roughly 1.4TB of SAP data that is accessed by around 150 users spread across 25 states.
    • Benefits
    • Helps keep costs low — comparable infrastructures would have required twice as many servers to provide the same level of availability
    • Delivers a streamlined infrastructure that helps keep IT management costs low
    • Secures a flexible infrastructure that is able to keep pace with client growth and that can accommodate future service expansions
    “ The complete reliability of SAP applications on the [System] i 570 server combined with its easy expandability ensures new customer service functionality can be implemented quickly and at low incremental costs.” — Brett Caffey, IT manager, Royal Cup Coffee
    • Solution components:
    • SAP ERP application
    • IBM System i 570 server
  • 118. INTERSPORT Deutschland eG
    • Business Challenge
      • Upgrade the company’s SAP applications and deploy a new scalable infrastructure to support growth in its business intelligence environment
      • Implement a high-availability platform that would keep its SAP solutions online 24x7
    • Solution
      • Challenged IBM to demonstrate how the IBM System i5 ™ 570 and IBM System Storage ™ DS8100 solution would meet the client’s needs
      • Implemented the IBM hardware and SAP ECC, SAP Customer Resource Management and SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence solutions
    • Benefits
      • Gains a flexible, highly available, high-performance platform for its SAP solutions
      • Delivers a scalable environment for the company’s SAP business intelligence software
      • Achieves peace of mind for the company with a disaster recovery implementation that includes full data redundancy
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  • 119. Mineralbrunnen Überkingen
    • Business Challenge
      • Maintain SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning) application availability while production line runs
      • Refresh server technology to accommodate an upgrade to the SAP ERP 6.0 application and the SAP ERP Human Capital Management solution
    • Solution
      • Upgraded SAP environment and deployed a new IBM System i5™ 570 platform
      • Deployed existing IBM System i™ 520 platform for testing and quality assurance
      • Virtualized the System i platforms for optimum server utilization
    • Benefits
      • Shortens query response times to .05 seconds
      • Reduces total cost of operations and expects to realize a full return on investment in 36 months
      • Enables company to sell IT services to other companies, increasing revenue
    www.mineralbrunnen-ag.de “ The need for total reliability is why we chose to run our SAP software on IBM System i servers.” — Albert Haldenwanger, head of IT, Mineralbrunnen Überkingen
  • 120. edding AG greatly improves the performance and availability of its infrastructure with help from IBM Global Technology Services Business challenge edding AG wanted to upgrade its IT infrastructure from version 4.6 of the SAP ERP application to version 6.0. In the process, the company realized that its existing IBM System i ® 825 server would no longer provide the necessary performance. Solution edding replaced its legacy server with its existing IBM System i5 ® 500 server and a new IBM Power ® 550 Express server, as well as new tape drives and storage software. IBM maintenance and technical support services provided both hardware and software support for the new equipment.
    • Benefits
    • Greatly improved performance, availability and utilization of the SAP infrastructure
    • All levels of hardware support, including warranties and immediate onsite service.
    • Software support including a support line, central problem reporting, remote defect support, problem analysis and telephone counseling.
    Location: Ahrensburg, Germany Industry: Consumer products Profile: A company that provides professional writing implements, flip books and whiteboards Size: 500–999 Employees
    • Solution components:
    • Maintenance and technical support services
    www.edding-ag.com
  • 121. Hemas Holdings PLC
    • Business Challenge
      • Simplify and streamline application architecture
      • Integrate internal business systems to enable a clear view of enterprisewide business processes
    • Solution
      • Deployed the SAP ERP application and the SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence component running on IBM System i™ technology
      • Integrated systems for financial management, HR, sales management and other business functions
    • Benefits
      • Frees IT to focus on higher-value, strategic tasks
      • Provides staff with broad access to consistent, accurate data in real time, improving the quality of management reporting and decision making
      • Facilitates the company’s growth strategy by making detailed, accurate and timely management information easily accessible
    www.hemas.com “ SAP software on the System i platform offered rapid deployment and easy management. This provided a very close fit with our requirements as a mid-sized enterprise.” — Azard Riaz Jhan, senior IT project manager, Hemas
  • 122. Ahlers AG
    • Business Challenge
      • Build an IT infrastructure that would rapidly and reliably run Ahlers’ new SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) environment
      • Achieve the ability for one-day disaster recovery
      • Reduce overall operational costs
    • Solution
      • Deployed IBM System i5™ 550 technology to support its SAP ERP environment
      • Automated backup and recovery with IBM System Storage™ DS8100 storage servers
      • Implemented an IBM System Storage TS3310 Tape Library to provide long-term data storage and archiving capabilities
    • Benefits
      • Gives management access to key financial data from a single system
      • Provides near-continuous operations with fast response times
      • Enables one day recovery from system failure
    www.ahlers-ag.com “ Ahlers AG is very happy with the IBM System i5 550 solution for SAP software.” — Gerhard Meinsen, Ahlers AG
  • 123. Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England Tapping into rich collaboration with IBM Lotus and integrated VoIP Business challenge An aging and unreliable phone system was proving costly to support, slowing down productivity with unplanned downtime and an inability to integrate with modern collaboration tools Solution IBM® Lotus Notes® and Lotus® Domino® collaboration and messaging software integrated with the 3Com VCX VoIP platform on two IBM System i® 515 servers offers highly available telephony interoperability, fully integrated with RIM BlackBerry devices for improved collaboration on the go.
    • Benefits
    • Rich unified messaging environment improves communications between employees, customers and business partners
    • Simplified system management results in significant time and cost savings
    • High system availability ensures staff is instantly accessible and always has fingertip access to productivity-enhancing collaboration tools
    “ The 3Com VCX IP telephony solution ties in well with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino applications, so we can leverage our IBM investments across the entire environment and move toward a true unified communications solution as resources and requirements dictate. ” — Debra Zorawowicz, IT Director, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England
    • Solution components:
    • IBM® Lotus Notes® and Lotus® Domino®
    • BlackBerry Enterprise Server
    • 3Com VCX VoIP
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