Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa manages a major acquisition

With smarter computing from IBM

Published on 11 Jul 2011

This project aims to integrate and optimize BBK management systems following the integration of Cajasur, in order to be more efficient and better serve our customers.

Juan Miguel Abendaño, IT Director, Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa (BBK)

Customer
Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa (BBK)

Industry
Banking

Deployment country
Spain

Overview

Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa (BBK) is one of the largest banks in the Basque region of Spain. It is the third-largest savings and equity bank in Spain, as well as the sixth-largest administered-funds savings bank in the country.

Business need
Leading Spanish savings and equity bank Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa (BBK) recently acquired CajaSur, a similar institution of almost the same size as BBK. Managing the merger of the two IT systems represented a significant challenge, with the focus on maximizing use of existing investments while ensuring infrastructure resiliency was maintained.

Solution
In an ongoing project with IBM and the IT company owned by BBK, the company embarked on a journey towards smarter computing. Leveraging sophisticated virtualization technology and highly reliable backup techniques, BBK has ensured that the process of merging CajaSur’s infrastructure is painless and cost-efficient.

Benefits
Exploited existing hardware investments to the full, avoiding the cost of purchasing approximately 3,000 desktop computers for new staff, saving over 1 million Euro. The IBM technology has contributed to a 20 percent reduction in IT costs, a saving which is expected to increase as further application development is undertaken.

Components

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

Software
Tivoli Monitoring, DB2 for z/OS, Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Applications, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, z/VM, Tivoli Provisioning Manager, Tivoli Storage Manager, z/OS, Tivoli System Automation for z/OS, IMS, Metro Mirror

Hardware
BladeCenter HS22, Storage: DS8800, Storage: TS7720 Virtualization Tape Server, System z: zEnterprise 196 (z196)

Services
GTS ITS Server: Server Optimization & Integration Services , GTS ITS Server: Server Product Services for System z , GTS ITS Storage & Data: Storage & Data Product Services

Solution
Information Governance, Smarter Computing, System z Software, Virtualization - Server

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