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Keeping up with changing demands. Electronic payment provider ABK was experiencing rapid business growth. To maintain its excellent service levels, the company needed to find ways to serve its customers more efficiently with its existing resources.
Armin Gerhardt, CEO at ABK Systeme, explains: “We want to be ahead and always support the latest innovations in the market. To stay at the forefront of our industry, we need to adapt fast to new trends and technologies.”
Reducing complexity. ABK decided to supplement its existing platform for international SWIFT payments with IBM Financial Transaction Manager and the IBM Financial Transaction Manager for SWIFT Services, in combination with IBM MQ messaging middleware and IBM DB2 for Linux UNIX, and Windows database. The company integrated IBM Financial Transaction Manager into its new, modern FinACK solution platform.
ABK’s solution platform FinACK leverages the strengths of the IBM z Systems server, including hardware-accelerated encryption to satisfy the advanced security requirements. The software can be easily distributed across a number of instances and its efficient release management reduces maintenance workload. With its multi-tenant architecture, FinACK is optimized for data center operations at scale and integrates seamlessly with the company’s E.F.I.S. Transaction Platform.
Minimizing administration overhead is crucial for ABK. The company had already been running IBM WebSphere Application Server on the same platform and developed multiple mobile applications to expand its FinACK solution platform and also created its own zCockpit mobile app with IBM MobileFirst Platform for advanced monitoring of the IBM z Systems environment.
Gaining flexibility and speed. IBM Financial Transaction Manager enables ABK Systeme to be more agile and support changing requirements and regulations fast. The solution connects to a wide range of systems and applications out-of-the-box, helping the company to reduce costs and speed up the onboarding of new customers.
“Standardizing core systems on our strategic Linux platform running on IBM z Systems enables us to use our resources more efficiently than before and improve reliability and security for our customers.” - Armin Gerhardt, CEO, ABK Systeme.
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Banking / Financial Services
- ABK Systeme GmbH - Bringing innovative mobile applications to the financial services industry
“The combination of IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation, IBM z Systems, IBM WebSphere Application Server and IBM DB2 software has provided the ideal platform for our move into the mobile applications space.” - Ulrich Buch, CTO, ABK Systeme
- ABK Systeme GmbH - Scaling up transaction performance
“Standardizing core systems on our strategic Linux platform running on IBM z Systems enables us to use our resources more efficiently than before and improve reliability and security for our customers.” - Armin Gerhardt, CEO, ABK Systeme
- America First Credit Union - Building a thriving member base on next-generation infrastructure
Upgraded IBM z Systems servers running core banking workload on IBM z/VSE alongside applications on Linux with IBM DB2 database, with IBM Tivoli software to protect data against loss. The new systems provide greater processing power with higher workload density, thus enabling lower licensing costs.
- Banca Carige - launching innovative mobile services on a secure platform
“The key value for our business is that the most important services can be managed together on a consistent, stable and highly secure platform that offers enormous scalability and performance. We can quickly and cost-effectively deploy innovative services on Linux, and integrate them easily with the core banking systems and data on z/OS. In this way, our new capabilities are built on the solid foundations of trusted mainframe technology.” — Daniele Cericola, ICT Governance Manager, Banca Carige.
- Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) - Developed robust SOA platform utilizing IBM Integration Bus
With the SOA platform leveraging IBM Integration Bus (formerly WebSphere Message Broker) the bank has accelerated its ability to build services in response to business issues and has a service re-utilization rate increase of 18 percent. “This runs on two z Systems in Active-Active configuration. This not only enables service linkage on z/OS, Linux and other systems, but also scalability.” - Naoto Shinozaki, Infrastructure No.1, Mitsubishi UFJ Information Technology, Ltd.
- Bank of New Zealand - Red Hat case study
Migration Path: From distributed Intel and SUN SPARC servers to Red Hat Enterprise Linux running under z/VM on IBM mainframes. Recovered 30 percent of datacenter floor space. Reduced power consumption by 38 percent. 20 percent return on investment (ROI) over the life of the platform. Simplified, more efficient deployment.
- Bankia gains innovative insights to boost competitiveness
Bankia chose to run the IBM InfoSphere software on Linux on z Systems, which combines the open standards of Linux with the power and resilience of the IBM z Systems mainframe. The virtualized Linux on z Systems solution plays a crucial role in helping Bankia to roll out new IT systems at each of its banks rapidly, and to adhere to a strict deployment deadline.
- EFiS EDI Finance Service AG boosts business flexibility and efficiency
Delivered more than 30 percent savings in energy consumption through hardware consolidation and improved resource utilization. The improved processor utilization levels and reduced investment in costly software licence fees deliver instant cost savings. It also uses IBM WebSphere software to manage its application environment.
- Halkbank - Extending banking services on social and mobile channels securely and cost-effectively
Single consolidated platform for core banking, risk analytics and new multi-channel offerings, reducing hardware and operational costs. Halkbank extended its z/OS environment by deploying virtual instances of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server hosted on IBM z/VM. “By running other important workloads alongside our core banking systems on the mainframe, we can ensure that they share the same quality of service and the same arrangements for administration, security, backup and disaster recovery,” concludes Cenk Niksarlı, Head of IT Infrastructure at Halkbank.
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- Mizuho Bank. Ltd.
IBM z Systems technology running a Linux operating system and an IBM DB2 data server helps Mizuho provide reliable and visionary services. “We now deliver innovative financial services and avoid, or instantly recover from, system failures, promoting business continuity and increasing customer satisfaction.” - Masahiko Kato, division head of IT and system general division 1 at Mizuho
- Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation transforms IT
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation successfully implemented the Finacle™ core banking solution from Infosys on Linux on IBM z Systems with DB2 for z/OS to transform its business and leverage new growth opportunities in an increasingly competitive consumer banking market.
- Sicoob avoids USD 1.5 million in annual costs with IBM
Sicoob is one of a growing number of businesses that use IBM z/VM to run Linux virtual server landscapes. They created a virtualized Linux landscape running more than 300 production environments on two IBM z Systems servers, and deployed IBM DB2, IBM InfoSphere DataStage and IBM Cognos software. IBM z Systems platform supports Sicoob in creating an “industrial production line” that allows the bank to deploy new services securely, rapidly and at minimal incremental cost.
- Sicoob - Up to 20x faster analytics leads to real-time actions
Transformation: Selecting IBM z Systems as its strategic platform, Sicoob migrated and consolidated member databases to IBM DB2 LUW with BLU Acceleration running in a Linux environment on the mainframe.
- Sparda-Datenverarbeitung eG
“We always evaluate different options, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems is the most cost-efficient platform for our Oracle Database workloads.” - Bernd Bohne, Department Head, Central Systems Technology, Sparda-Datenverarbeitung eG
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- Traxpay creates financial transactions service for global corporates
Traxpay customers gain real-time, 24/7 insights into their exact cash position, at less than one tenth of the cost of traditional transactions. The speed of financial information delivery and analysis is now aligned with business information generated by EDI and related interchanges.
- Zions Bancorporation
Accelerated key business processes up to 33 percent by migrating core banking applications to an IBM z Systems, and readied the company for web and mobile apps in its next expansion phase.
EVERTEC trusts in the leading reliability and security of the IBM z Systems running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems to support key financial systems and Oracle databases. EVERTEC also takes advantage of IBM z Systems to provide a reliable foundation for hosting multiple clients’ systems, including z/OS. Here, the System z platform offers an ideal environment for keeping client data and applications safe and accessible around the clock.
- L3C LLP
“IBM z Systems is the most cost-effective platform for large Oracle workloads. Whether our customers need to consolidate or isolate processes, our Oracle services would be impossible without it. ” - Lubo Cheytanov, founder and co-owner, L3C LLP.
- Business Connexion - Making the impossible possible through technology (659KB)
“The mainframe allows us to put a single solution down that’s low energy consumption and also allows us to deliver all of our cloud offerings. This means we don’t have to build exhaustive size of data centers—we can build smaller data centers, we can even use mobile data centers and rapidly provide services to customers.” - Jacques Loubser, General Manager Business Connexion
- gkd-el boosts SAP system throughput by 270 per cent and cuts costs by 30 per cent
Total cost of ownership has been reduced by 30 per cent with the help of zIIP and IFL technology. z Systems and System Storage technologies help gkd-el to maintain a flexible yet easy-to-manage infrastructure, provision new Linux on z Systems application servers within minutes, and balance workload efficiently.
- IBM - Building innovative employee digital experience
IBM created an employee-facing digital experience using IBM Connections and IBM WebSphere Portal software, running on Linux for z Systems virtual machines. Using the mainframe for social business saves an estimated 60 to 75 percent on the cost of a distributed solution.
- IBM Systems
Combining modern web development with the security, reliability and performance of the IBM mainframe. Nodes.js on the mainframe delivers excellent performance, especially for apps that hook back into enterprise systems. It enables co-location of Node.js server apps with data on z/OS, cutting access latency.
- Marist College gets the most out of its cloud environment
Marist shares how they chose to implement cloud on z Systems and the business impact that the project has had. The IBM SmartCloud solution at Marist College is based on the IBM z Systems server running a combination of IBM z/OS, IBM z/VM and SUSE Linux operating systems. For its analytics software, the college uses IBM Cognos Business Intelligence for Linux on IBM System z and IBM SPSS Modeler. The college primarily uses IBM DB2 for Linux and also IBM DB2 for z/OS to provide database support for college courses.
Energy & Utilities
- Gruppo API - SUSE case study
Gruppo API consolidated numerous distributed servers running SAP and other business-critical systems to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems running on an IBM z Systems mainframe.
- Kenya Power
The IBM solution provides a central repository for various data sources and the analytic capabilities reconcile, correct, and quality-assess the information to provide a consolidated view of Kenya Power's customers. Based on this view, the company will be able to improve the call center experience, better identify customer needs and match new services to meet these needs.
- Major Utility Organization
“To meet the system requirements of the new SAP applications, we sought an IT platform with higher performance, greater scalability and availability,” says a spokesperson. After a thorough review of offerings from multiple solution vendors, the utility organization selected IBM z Systems virtualized with IBM z/VM, and running the IBM z/OS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating systems.
- Dundee City Council
Dundee City Council embraced a more cost-efficient way to guarantee 24/7 availability for the Oracle Database environment supporting its critical services by consolidating its existing distributed server to a Linux on z Systems environment, ensuring 100 percent availability.
- eThekwini Municipality - SUSE case study
“Equally, if we put the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server workload on Windows instead, we would need at least 30 production servers and 30 servers for Disaster Recovery, each with OS and software licenses. Instead, we need to license just five IFLs for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems." - Roney Moodley, Deputy Head, Service Delivery at eThekwini Municipality
- German Pension Fund gains instant access to pension data (680KB)
The organization worked with IBM to design and implement an advanced enterprise content management solution that addressed its need to gain deeper insight into pension data through content analysis. “With its virtualization technology, automation capabilities and management features, IBM z Systems is the ideal Linux cloud platform for us. The server is extremely reliable and provides unmatched availability compared to other solutions.” Falk-Oliver Bischoff, IT Director, German Pension Fund Baden-Württemberg
- The Met Office forecasts a bright outlook for Linux on z Systems
Consolidating from 204 x86 processor cores to 17 IFLs cuts licensing costs by a factor of 12. Fewer physical servers means a more manageable Linux landscape and lower hardware lifecycle costs.
- Porto Alegre: A smarter city that keeps its citizens moving
"By consolidating our distributed asset management systems into a private cloud, we benefit from reduced IT operational costs as well as increased security—which is especially important for our mobile Maximo applications." - Walfrido Goulart, Data center manager, Procempa. The solution is estimated to deliver a 60 percent reduction in TCO.
- The City and County of Honolulu creates a customized cloud
The city deployed a Linux on the city’s IBM z Systems server. This enabled the city to migrate applications and database instances from its servers to the mainframe system, which helped reduce application deployment time from a week to only hours. In addition, when upgrading one of the facilities applications, the city was able to reduce database licensing costs.
- SinfoniaRx manages big data growth with the highly scalable Linux server(418KB)
SinfoníaRx can now facilitate growth and focus on improving healthcare quality with a stable platform. “The IBM z Systems based Linux server allows us to focus on the applications and service we deliver to our patients and not on the constant maintenance of our hardware and software technology.” - Kevin Barber, chief information officer at SinfoníaRx.
- University of North Carolina: Enabling health informatics
IBM worked with UNC to create a robust, closely governed data warehouse solution that unifies multiple data stores, making it possible to quickly and easily access data and transform it into useful information. “This is a great example of how information management and technology can actually drive important medical research.” - Dr. Donald Spencer, associate director of medical informatics, UNC Health Care System
- Baldor integrates new corporate acquisition, cuts IT costs as proportion of sales by 50 percent
“This consolidation exercise basically reduced the size of our data center by 50 percent,” says Mark Shackelford. “We freed up an area of about 3,000 sq. ft., which is now office space. This also dramatically reduced the power and cooling requirements of our infrastructure – cutting electricity costs by 60 percent.”
- China Steel Corp.
By deploying an open systems platform on the Linux operating system, CSC can now carry out real-time analytics. One business benefit is a 15% reduction in expenses by limiting software licensing costs, which helps reduce the company’s total cost of ownership (TCO).
- Manufacturing company
Transformation: With SAP applications running on the IBM mainframe, this manufacturer can deliver high-quality products and responsive service, keeping customers happy and keeping the business on track for profitable growth. "SAP and IBM z Systems allows us to operate an incredibly streamlined and seamless manufacturing process.” —Spokesperson, manufacturing company
- Allianz consolidates from 60 servers to 1 mainframe in 48 hours
In short, the driver for Allianz was to see how it could rationalise the infrastructure as much as possible, ideally onto one box. It did so through the deployment of a new mainframe and zLinux. A move which Coles says was pretty seamless for customers but one that provided the company with "significant benefits".
Travel and transportation
- European railway operator
All transactions for ticket sales – from online and mobile to sales points at stations and travel agencies – are managed on an IBM z Systems mainframe using IBM WebSphere Application Server for z/OS. Once the tickets have been booked and created within the z/OS environment, payment transactions are pushed to WebSphere Application Server on Linux for z Systems, still on the same physical mainframe, which handles all the necessary security checks and brokers the transactions with external payment processor companies.
Wholesale Distribution & Services
- Fratelli Carli S.p.a.
Fratelli Carli, a leading producer of premium olive oil and other consumer products, choose the IBM z Systems because of its ability to integrate modern Linux systems with fast VSE 'Legacy' applications in an extremely reliable and highly secure environment.
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