Published on 13 Oct 2010
“ GIS EPL and IBM WebSphere Portal provide a fast, clear and efficient way of managing projects, particularly when stakeholders are working at different sites or in different countries. ”
Klaus Höling, Director of IT and Group CIO, Sennheiser
Consumer Products, Electronics
Established in 1945, Sennheiser has grown to become one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of audio equipment, with a range of products, including headphones, wired and wireless microphones, studio monitors, conference and information systems, audiology products, and headsets for the office, for gaming, and for the aviation sector. The company employs 2,000 people, has customers and partners in 90 countries, and had annual sales in 2009 of around €389 million.
Sennheiser’s existing project management methodology involved the use of a number of different systems. Within the IT department, the projects themselves were tracked using GIS Projects for Lotus Notes, an application developed by GIS. Most communication about the projects took place via email. Only the IT team were able to access the project management system – but in reality, line of business users needed to be able to view this information too.
GIS, an IBM Premier Business Partner, helped Sennheiser deploy GIS Enterprise Project List (EPL), which leverages the service-oriented architecture (SOA) capabilities of IBM WebSphere Portal to orchestrate existing components into a single portal. Role-based access enables both internal and external users to search documents, blogs, activities and discussion forums for information, and interact in real time using business networking and instant messaging tools.
Improves transparency: managers can check project status easily via a simple dashboard, or drill down for more detailed information. Enhances international collaboration: remote users can comment via blogs and discussions, or use instant messaging and web conferencing to communicate in real time. Increases flexibility: standards-based, service-oriented platform makes it easy to integrate new tools and components.
IBM products and services that were used in this case study.
OmniFind Enterprise Starter Edition, WebSphere Portal, IBM Connections, OmniFind Discovery Edition, IBM Sametime, Lotus Quickr, OmniFind Enterprise Edition, IBM Notes
Business Integration, Enabling Business Flexibility, Service Oriented Architecture, Smart Work, Smarter Planet, Exceptional Digital Experience
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