Sicoob avoids USD 1.5 million in annual costs with IBM

Supporting rapid business growth with robust, secure and efficient mainframe technology

Published on 13 May 2013

Compared with databases on our previous distributed landscape, DB2 running on Linux on the IBM System z platform offers more reliability and performance, and better integration with our backup, monitoring and ETL tools.

Paulo Nassar, IT Processing and Storage Infrastructure Manager, Sicoob



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Credit Unions System for Brazil (Sicoob) is the largest credit union system in Brazil, offering banking and credit services to more than 2.5 million people. Sicoob offers the same range of financial services as any large retail bank globally, but with a crucial difference: its customers are also its owners, so the financial returns benefit their communities rather than enriching shareholders.

Business need
To reach its goal of being the primary provider of financial services to its members, Sicoob needed a flexible, secure and scalable IT infrastructure to support reliable 24/7 service and mobile access.

Created a virtualized Linux landscape running more than 300 production environments on two IBM System z® 196 servers, and deployed IBM DB2®, IBM InfoSphere® DataStage® and IBM Cognos® software.

Enabled growth of 600 percent in mobile, 200 percent in internet, and 60 percent in in-branch transactions; avoiding USD 1.5 million in electricity costs annually; delivers new services faster.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

DB2 for Linux, InfoSphere QualityStage, InfoSphere DataStage, z/VM, Cognos Business Intelligence, IBM Netezza 1000-6, PureData System for Analytics (powered by Netezza technology)

z Systems, z Systems : z10 Systems, z Systems : z10 Systems Enterprise Class (z10 EC), z Systems: zEnterprise 196 (z196)

PureData System for Analytics (powered by Netezza technology), PureSystems, IBM Analytics, BA - Business Analytics, BA - Business Intelligence, , Business Resiliency, Cloud Computing, Energy Efficiency, Information Management Foundation, Mobile, Smarter Computing, System z Software, zNew Account

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