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We asked some of our Smart City, IoT and Public Safety customers to share their success stories  See below for more on City of Las Vegas, Curtin University, New York Waterways Security Centres International and Moreno Valley, California..

 


 

 

Learn how Michael Sherwood, director of technology innovation for the City of Las Vegas, has helped the city create a program of innovation that benefits residents, visitors, local businesses and internal operations to make Las Vegas a smart city. You’ll hear examples of new technology being tested or proposed in the city’s innovation district so that the right technologies can be scaled out to the rest of the city. You’ll also hear how Sherwood has created a program that allows the types of rapid innovation that will help Las Vegas adapt to a changing world and help the community thrive.

BrightTalk Presentation - How Las Vegas Is a Smarter City With IoT

 

 

Hitachi’s Internet-of-Things-based smart city solutions provide a more secure and efficient transportation service by collecting a variety of data from sensors and live video. It helps the ferry operators gain situational awareness and insight for smarter operations. Hitachi provides intelligent and innovative solutions to help make city life safer and smarter, so communities can thrive.

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Curtin has over 60,000 students and is Western Australia's largest and most culturally diverse university. See how Curtin plans to improve the student experience and enhance education using data and analytics.

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See how Hitachi IoT solutions help to enhance safety in the Caribbean with a fully integrated security platform that enables real-time video intelligence and communications, improves police service efficiency and allows for more proactive and preventive intervention.

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Moreno Valley, California, overcame an increasingly common challenge: protecting its community on a shrinking budget with the strategic use of technology. The city chose Hitachi to collaborate with public and private entities and build an innovative, effective and very popular video surveillance system.

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For more real-life examples of success, visit HitachiVantara.com or follow us @Hitachi_Voices

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Since introducing its first product in 1994, Toronto-based Spin Master has grown to be one of the world’s largest toy manufacturers and a children’s entertainment powerhouse. This success is no accident.

Spin Master’s explosive growth has been fuelled by innovation, mergers and acquisitions, evergreen brands and business expansion. Knowing that digital transformation was essential to supporting sustained growth, Spin Master engaged Hitachi to create a digital transformation foundation that included a cohesive data analytics environment.

 

With all of this success, what’s next?

 

For Spin Master, being promoted as a thought leader in the entertainment industry opens the door to other opportunities to fulfill its mission to push the boundaries of innovation, creativity, and fun. Using its digital transformation success to drive advantages in the marketplace is an enviable story – one that other business leaders want to learn more about.

 

Here's the path Spin Master followed to share its story, the recognition it received along the way, and the value it accumulated from the journey.

 

1) Networking Opportunities

It started with speaking engagements at industry events where Spin Master shared experiences with peers:

  • At the Hitachi Strategy Summit 2016, Pravine Balkaran, global head of IT at Spin Master Spin was interviewed on stage.
  • At SAPPHIRE 2017, Balkaran delivered the session “Delivering Toys at the Speed of Fun With SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization and SAP HANA.”

 

2) Gaining Visibility

These activities led to the appearance of their story in online articles:

  • “Hitachi Helps Spin Master Make a Play for Digitally Transforming Business With an Innovative Data Strategy.” Read the case study.
  • Spin Master Makes a Play for Digitally Transforming the Toy Business.” Review the infographic.

 

3) Being Recognized

With the new visibility, Spin Master found promotions coming its way. Catching the attention of the judges of the Hitachi Transformation Award lead to a video submission, a breakout session at NEXT 2017, and social media exposure:

  • At Hitachi Next 2017, Spin Master was recognized as a finalist for the Hitachi 2017 Transformation Award. Watch the video.
  • It received mention in the Peter Gerr blog, “Data is the new Gold. Are You Protesting Yours?” Read the blog.
  • A “Meet the Finalists – Spin Master” blog featured photos to help tell its success story. See the photos.
  • A Hitachi Customer Voices blog wrote about how Spin Master transformed its business with data. Read it now
  • A prominent mention in “Jump Start your Digital Transformation with Hitachi UCP for SAP HANA Platform.” Read the article
  • And then there are tweets such as the photo of Pravine Balkaran speaking at the Hitachi Strategy Summit 2016 and the graphic about challenges and global innovation.

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Most recently, Spin Master is featured in a webcast entitled “Digital Transformation Achieved – Spin Master Shares Their Journey.” Find the webcast.

 

4) Inspiring Others

By inspiring other businesses through sharing digital transformation best practices, Spin Master is developing strong partnerships that foster shared successes and further build its brand awareness. Done right, promotion can be a win-win game for everyone involved.

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5) Motivating Its Team

Publicly announcing successful project outcomes is an easy and effective way to promote awareness of your team’s efforts, reinforce the value of team members and motivate employees to contribute more to your organization’s success. Spin Master has given its successful team the recognition it deserves, and they use their motivation to drive for results.

 

Hitachi Customer Advocacy Program

 

At Hitachi Vantara, we’re here to help companies like Spin Master achieve the recognition they deserve with a customer advocacy program that is much more than case studies about successful technology implementations. We created this Hitachi Customer Voices community to allow innovators to share experiences, gain knowledge, build brand awareness in the global business community – and learn from like-minded people at other enterprises.

 

Are you interested in submitting your company for this level of recognition? Like most enterprises, you have a unique story to tell. We’ve helped many companies gain positive brand exposure with informative case studies, videos and infographics – and we can do the same for your organization. Maybe your company will grace these pages one day. Nothing would make us happier.

 

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Managing large quantities of data is part of Accident Exchange (part of AIS Group) business.  An insurance claim can result in multiple pieces of data in many different formats, ultimately result in millions of pieces of claim evidence for the company and their agents to sort through.

 

Regulations and insurance protocols mean that Accident Exchange needs to keep verifiable records that ideally cannot be deleted or altered, as they might be used in litigation later.  Regulation also requires Accident Exchange to retain data for certain time, and then delete on retention expiry.

 

Ray Ford, Chief Technology Officer, AIS Group explains “I know that for unstructured data like ours, object storage held the answers.  Object storage would enable us to present data independently of the source applications, and to protect, retain and delete it securely at expiry to meet our compliance obligations.”

 

“HCP was the object storage solution that could meet these criteria.  HCP would enable us to read and write directly from our in-house Accident Exchange application with no intermediate technology or connection layer”

 

Improved Customer Services

“Our agents can see everything relating to a case in one place, without hopping from one application to another, or requiring IT Service Desk support, saving considerable time and improving the customer experience.”

 

Regulation

“With HCP we can prevent changes to evidential documentation, retain and delete data, and simultaneously ensure full compliance with insurance and financial industry regulations.”

For more detail on how Accident Exchange managing data with HCP, read the full case study

Video - Hear more from Ray Ford about how HCP is the perfect fit for compliance

STIWA Group won the 2017 Pentaho Excellence Award in Embedded Analytics, a category that recognizes the successful embedding, extending or customizing of Pentaho to create a unique, value-added analytics solution.

Custom Analysis Tools Need Updating to Compete in Global Market

A global leader in product and high-performance manufacturing automation, the STIWA Group has more than 1,500 employees operating in seven plants in Austria, China, the United States and Germany.

The manufacturing industry is going through its own transformation. Traditionally a low margin and low growth business, manufacturers have been faced with increased demand for higher quality products at decreasing prices. Despite these challenges, manufacturers have an opportunity to leverage data and analytics to innovate, create a competitive advantage and drive new revenue streams.

To effectively compete in this global market, the STIWA Group provides their customers with a global view of their operations to increase the useful life of their machinery. However, STIWA was relying on 15-year-old analysis tools to provide data to their customers. Generating and reporting on analysis was cumbersome and time-consuming. It was difficult to customize reports, and customers couldn’t generate reports on their own. The analysis itself was limited to machine data only; it wasn’t flexible enough to handle product quality or other data sources. Only data from one machine could be analyzed at a time when most customers have multiple machines across multiple factories and need a single view of their environments.

Pentaho Captures New Data Sources and Integrates Seamlessly

The STIWA Group needed a new future-proof analysis tool that could integrate all technical data—including machine, plant, process, quality, and energy data—from fully or partially automated production. It needed to satisfy diverse operational and analytical reporting requirements, including self-service. It needed to be quick and easy to install and to start enhancing productivity immediately.

The STIWA Group relies on Pentaho as a unique, value-added analytics solution that automatically collects, processes, and networks all available signals and data— including machine, production, and quality data. Pentaho’s flexible cloud-ready platform was easily embedded into and integrated with the company’s analysis tool with minimal development and testing. While the out-of-the-box solution provided tremendous value, STIWA was able to easily customize it to get even more value for themselves and their customers. Pentaho’s customizations allowed STIWA to create a platform that addresses industry specific needs.

Future-proof Infrastructure in Place to Increase Productivity, Decrease Costs, and Grow Opportunities

Pentaho’s powerful analytics and extensible architecture helps the STIWA Group institute global tracking and tracing for safety-critical products and gain worldwide control of complex assembly and manufacturing processes. The ramp-up phase for new assembly machines is 30 percent shorter. Productivity for production lines has increased by 15 percent, and costs for IT interfaces have decreased by 35 percent. Creating custom reports no longer take a week of time; new reports and dashboards can be created in minutes.

The STIWA Group’s experience in machine construction and automotive supplier production is now embedded into its software offerings and available for all customers. Being able to integrate different data sources to provide self-service reporting has delighted customers and created new revenue streams—for example, the company can charge for additional analysis when customers want to compare machine data across equipment pieces. Thanks to Pentaho, the STIWA Group has a future-proof infrastructure in place to move to a real-time environment and start capturing even more data sources, such as energy data.

 

Learn more about the other 2017 Pentaho Excellence Award Winners.

Teletrac Navman won the 2017 Pentaho Excellence Award for Internet of Things (IoT), a category that recognizes organizations for leveraging data from devices to improve customer engagement, enhance operations and drive new revenue opportunities through machine learning or predictive analytics.

Fleet Management Platform Tracks Enormous Volume and Variety of Data

With 25 years of telematics experience, Teletrac Navman provides advanced data tools for location tracking, fuel monitoring, reporting, safety and compliance. Its powerful fleet management platform is used by 40,000 organizations, in six continents, and tracks more than 500,000 vehicles.

Every minute, Teletrac Navman tracks an enormous volume of data including: driver performance, safety compliance, fuel usage, and diagnostics. The company is devoted to accurately and precisely collecting data securely, by utilizing the strongest protection and controls.

Event and Segment Telematics Data Blended in Unique IoT Platform

Teletrac Navman relies on Pentaho to create a revolutionary IoT platform. It’s the first of its kind to merge two separate IoT platforms—one for event data, and one for segment data.

The Pentaho platform ingests event data which refers to specific processes such as “ignition is turned on/off” data into a single segment. Segment data is then aggregated daily and cleansed. Then it is mapped to dimensional data (by driver and by fleet) so that customers can access and view their data based on fleet and user-level access credentials.

Thanks to Pentaho’s simple drag-and-drop interface, Teletrac Navman’s customers can combine build their own reports and create a single view of data on demand. Most importantly, no developer resources are required.

Single View of IoT Data Responds to New Business Opportunities

With access to so much data, Teletrac Navman is using Pentaho’s real-time processing, predictive and prescriptive analytics to innovate and respond to new customer needs. For example, customers with multiple international operations need a single, global view of their fleet data, not just by individual geographic regions. Teletrac Navman relies on Pentaho to aggregate segments of geographic data into one holistic, global view, helping customers create benchmarks to enhance their worldwide operations.

Check out this story from SiliconANGLE to learn more about Teletrac. Learn more about the other 2017 Pentaho Excellence Award Winners.

The famous ringmaster P. T. Barnum once said, “Without promotion, something terrible happens – nothing!” But you don’t have to be a showman to reap the rewards of promoting your IT success story. Having worked with scores of customers on their digital transformation journeys, we know that every successful company has a unique story to tell. That means your company, too.

 

There are many benefits when you promote your IT success story. Here are five reasons to start sharing NOW: 

 

1. Gain visibility and network opportunities

Telling a story about how your organization achieves positive business outcomes helps you gain visibility and network within your industry, with peers and throughout the global business community.

 

Brazilian energy company CPFL Energia gained visibility when it converted to a Hitachi smart grid universe to provide high-quality services and safety for their customers and is sharing this experience at industry events. Watch the video.

 

2. Motivate your team

Publicly announcing successful project outcomes is an easy and effective way to promote awareness of your team’s efforts, reinforce the value of team members and motivate employees to contribute more to your organization’s success.

 

The Canadian toy maker Spin Master uses a motivated team to push the boundaries of innovation, creativity, and fun while expanding its business and introducing new brands. With Hitachi’s assistance, they reduced SAP processing time, created significant savings, and gained a 360-degree view of their customers. Watch the video.

 

3. Be recognized for thought leadership

Sharing your best practices helps others perform more effectively when they encounter a similar situation, and establishes your organization’s industry thought leadership.

 

Meat and Livestock (MLA) Australia uses Hitachi’s sensor-driven data collection and analytics to identify best practices for animal tracing, supply chain efficiency, and on-farm operations, fostering both productivity and profitability across the Australian red meat and livestock industry. Their thought leadership was recognized with the first annual Hitachi Transformation Award. Watch the video.

 

4. Inspire others

Your organization’s experience in identifying opportunities and taking steps to achieve new levels of excellence can inspire teams within your organization as well as leaders across industries to find their own path to excellence.

 

Curtin University of Technology implemented co-creating solutions with Hitachi, and will use data to lower costs, improve student retention, and create a more effective and contemporary learning experience. They offer an open invitation to scientists from other universities to use their campus to discover and innovate with data-driven research. Talk about inspiring. Watch the video.

 

5. Build customer confidence and loyalty

Success stories show clients your carefully thought through approach to solving difficult issues. This reassures your customers they are working with a leading technology provider and encourage strong partnerships.

 

Wiggle, the leading e-commerce sports retailer, developed a cloud-based sophisticated retail platform to standardize operations and support their global expansion strategy. By staying customer-centric, with a single customer view, they realized better process efficiencies and soaring customer satisfaction. Watch the video.

 

Capitalize on Your Success

 

It’s time to share your experiences, expand knowledge, and build brand awareness in the global business community. Our Hitachi Customer Advocacy program offers several ways to present your unique story, gain maximum exposure and network with peers.

 

That’s not all. You’ll increase brand exposure with informative case studies, speaking opportunities, videos and infographics – there are so many different ways to promote your organization. Let’s get started.

 

Learn more about Hitachi Vantara Customer Voices

 

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Broadway Video is a global media and entertainment production company. Launched in 1979, it is in its fourth decade of completing television, film, music, digital and commercial projects.

 

 

Staying current and relevant is always top of mind for Broadway Video, and as they continue to expand their support of the latest 4K content and technologies, they are able to deliver original comedic content such as Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Seth Meyer.

 

 

With offices in New York and Los Angeles, Broadway Video offers one-stop tools and talent for editorial, audio, design, color grading, finishing and screening, as well as digital file storage, preparation, aggregation and delivery of digital content across multiple platforms for OTT marketplaces.

 

 

To learn more about Broadway Video and how Hitachi has supported them, visit http://hitachivantara.co/broadwaysuccess

LAZIOcrea won the 2017 Pentaho Excellence Award in ROI, a category that recognizes the use of Pentaho to make a positive impact on business, society and the planet.

RISING HEALTHCARE COSTS PROMPTS ONE-OF-A-KIND DATA INTEGRATION PROJECT

LAZIOcrea supports Regione Lazio, the large region in central Italy that includes Rome and more than 6 million citizens. They have administrative and technical infrastructure services for government programs co-funded by the European Union.

Healthcare costs make up the majority of the regional government’s expenditures. In 2016, Regione Lazio kicked off a groundbreaking project—the first and only project of its kind in Europe—designed to monitor and reduce pharmaceutical drug costs. The region needed to determine which doctors wrote the most prescriptions, the cost associated with these prescriptions and how often the same prescriptions were written.

SINGLE VIEW OF DATA DRIVES NEW INSIGHTS AND INNOVATION

LAZIOcrea was tasked with creating a single view of data from patients, doctors and pharmacies. There are enormous volumes and varieties of data to be collected and digitized. Each month, 5.5 million prescriptions are written and 11 million prescription barcodes are recorded from 25,000 doctors, 10 health systems, eight hospitals and 1,500 pharmacies.

Working with implementation partner BNova, LAZIOcrea built a Medical Prescription Analysis System using Pentaho Enterprise Edition for the entire data pipeline—from ingestion to blending to visualization. Data can now be extracted easily and viewed and analyzed in new and innovative ways. Future uses for the single view of data include a data lake, machine learning algorithms, and doctor scorecards.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND BUDGETS BENEFIT FROM SINGLE DATA VIEW

The region now knows, with greater accuracy, the type and frequency of medicine prescribed. There are fewer unnecessary prescriptions—the kinds that often lead to drug abuse. And there is an adequate supply of medicine in emergencies, such as the devastating earthquake that struck the region in 2016.

Not only has pharmaceutical policy improved, costs have decreased dramatically. Prescription drug expenses have shrunk from €162 to €154.8 per citizen since 2014, for a total savings of €43 million. The region now has confidence funds will be in place to cover healthcare expenses for its citizens.

 

Learn more about the other 2017 Pentaho Excellence Award Winners.

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Brose Revs Its Growth Engine

Posted by cchaffey Nov 23, 2017

Brose Revs Its Growth Engine

 

Brose is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, employing more than 25,000 people at 60 locations across 23 countries. Its mechatronic systems for doors, seats, electric motors and drives can be found in every second new vehicle around the world.

 

Director of Information Technology at Brose Group, Frank Martin and Storage Team Lead at Brose Group, Christian Karl, share how Digital Transformation and innovation is leading their growth.

Excerpts from Brose Revs Its Growth Engine Case Study and Infographic

 

Challenge – Staying competitive.

Frank Martin  “The automotive sector is highly competitive, and as we expand and innovate we need to keep a firm grip on costs. We constantly search for ways to boost operational efficiency: for example, by digitizing and streamlining processes, and taking advantage of internet of things (IoT) technology on our production line. To meet our aims, we are undertaking a massive digital transformation of our operations. 

 

To embrace the new ways of working, we want to be able to capture, store and analyze more data than ever before. That presents a monumental challenge, because data volumes are rising by 25% year on year..”

 

Christian Karl – “High availability and fast performance are both essential, as our automotive customers rely on just-insequence manufacturing, and we regularly produce and ship goods at short notice.”

 

  

 

Solution - Flash

Christian Karl “Using Hitachi’s flash modules helps us achieve faster performance and higher storage density to be ready for future growth compared to standard SSD [solid state disk] configurations.”

 

Outcomes

Frank Martin - “Using leading flash data storage technology from Hitachi Vantara helps us achieve faster performance and higher storage density, in readiness for future growth. Because we can store more data on fewer devices, we have freed up 66% of the rack space consumed by our previous storage infrastructure.”

 

“To stay ahead of trends and continue to improve our operations, we rely on powerful and flexible storage solutions from Hitachi. With cutting-edge technology from Hitachi, Brose can take the fast lane towards innovation, digital transformation and commercial success.”

 

Hitachi Customer Voic

This year we recognized six customers for their innovative use of Pentaho Data Integration and Business Analytics to achieve data-driven business outcomes. This blog will recognize ZeniMax Media - the winner in the Big Data category.

The Big Data category recognizes organizations for leveraging Big Data technologies like Hadoop, NoSQL or Spark to overcome their data challenges and create business value.

BIG DEMANDS ON BIG DATA IN HIGHLY COMPETITIVE GAMING INDUSTRY

ZeniMax Media publishes original interactive entertainment content for gaming consoles, computers and handheld/wireless devices. The company operates some of the world’s most acclaimed development studios and creates award-winning video games, including The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Dishonored, DOOM, QUAKE, Wolfenstein, Prey, The Evil Within and RAGE.

ZeniMax wanted to harness the power of its massive data volumes to gain insights about its customers and improve its operations. But it lacked a single view of its data environment to understand user behavior across games.

MASSIVE DATA VOLUMES SCATTERED ACROSS A COMPLEX DATA ENVIRONMENT

Huge quantities of data—roughly 30 to 40 GB of new data generated every 5 minutes, plus 5 years of legacy data—were managed in various silos, including two e-commerce platforms and multiple data repositories across its game studios. The company uses Redshift for data warehousing and a combination of Cloudera in its data centers and Databricks in AWS.

Data from these disparate and fragmented sources had to be manually stitched together to generate a single view needed for data-driven decision making. This cumbersome process consumed too many resources and resulted in fragmented metrics and KPIs.

SINGLE VIEW OF DATA USED TO MINE INSIGHTS INTO PLAYER BEHAVIORS, PREFERENCES

In 2014, ZeniMax embarked on a mission to create a single view of their data. The company needed a data integration solution that provided flexibility in a complex data environment.

They found that solution in Pentaho Data Integration. The Data Engineering team first created a single view of their data warehouse by populating it with key game and business-focused metrics. The team then established KPIs and created common definitions across all games. Automating SQL workloads freed up data scientists’ time considerably.

ZeniMax now has a better understanding of player behavior and preferences, such why a player stops playing a certain game, which features they prefer, and when and why a player spends money. Ultimately, the company plans to leverage this data to segment players and incentivize them with custom promotional offers which will drive user engagement, improve revenue and greater participation.

Learn more about the other 2017 Pentaho Excellence Award Winners.

We asked our customers to share their successful outcomes since working with Hitachi.

 

Here are just a few from across our APAC region in banking, telecoms and manufacturing.

 

Keep checking back Hitachi Customer Voices for more customer success from around the globe.

 

 

Japan Post Bank

A major Japanese financial institution, aimed to maintain stable system performance and to provide optimal service to its customers.  With Hitachi Flash the bank eliminated drops in processing performance caused by dramatic increases in the volume of data being processed and improved performance for online and batch processing.

 

Read the full case study here

 

Shandong Telecom (part of China Telecom)

Established in 2002, Shandong Telecom is the largest fixed-line service and the third largest mobile telecommunications provider in China.  For greater data security and to manage rapid growth of unstructured data, Shandong Telekom implemented Hitachi Data Protection and Object Store solutions.

 

Read the full case study here

 

PI Industries

PI Industries Ltd (PI), a pioneer of agro-chemical manufacturing in India, is the leading manufacturer of agricultural fertilizers in the country. To support rapid growth and meet performance demand, PI Industries implemented an enterprise-class SAP HANA, supported by Hitachi and Brocade solutions.

 

Read the full case study and infographic here

Part of a global company, itelligence Nordic provides SAP support, management and consultancy to some of the largest businesses in the Nordics.  We spoke with itelligence Nordic’s Sales Manager for Managed Services, Dannie Havgaard, and their Director of IT Infrastructure, Morten Klank.

 

Challenge - Switching to SAP HANA

Dannie Havgaard : “In recent years’ demand for managed SAP services has grown dramatically, particularly with the arrival of SAP HANA.  In fact, 50% of our hosting pipeline is based on clients choosing to migrate to SAP HANA.  We fully expect that to increase as SAP reduces support for SAP applications running on other platforms.”

 

Morten Klank: “Many companies are under pressure to reduce operating costs for business-critical SAP applications. Fewer and fewer companies wanted to put up with the cost and hassle of managing the underlying IT infrastructure themselves, and this was preventing them from making a positive decision to switch to HANA...”

 

 

Solution - Hitachi Unified Compute Platform for SAP HANA

Morten Klank: It’s like playing with Lego!  We can add blocks to clients’ systems in as little as 10 to 15 minutes and just keeping adding blocks until the environment reaches the maximum memory limit as imposed by SAP.  Above that limit, and without the introduction of proprietary multi-socket extensions, SAP requires the environment to be a scale-out solution, as opposed to scale-up solution.  The beauty of UCP is that we can use the same building blocks to support both scale-up and scale-out SAP HANA environments, enabling us to support clients as they grow.”

 

Outcomes - Delivering Stellar Services to Customers

Morten Klank: “Running SAP HANA on Hitachi UCP enables intelligence to offer truly pay-as-you-grow services, which is a real deal-winner for clients.”

 

Dannie Havgaard: “Thanks to the flexibility of the UCP solution, we can deliver exactly what our clients want, increase satisfaction and keep ahead of the competition.”

 

Excerpts from: itelligence Nordic Delivers on Client Demands for Stellar SAP Services with Hitachi Unified Compute Platform.

SFS Group manufactures mechanical fastening systems and precision-formed components, employing over 8,000 people worldwide with sites across Europe, North America and Asia.

 

Patrick Bichler, the Head of Infrastructure, Corporate IT at SFS Group shared on implementing a back-up solution for mission-critical business applications.

 

Challenge – Business Continuity

“We rely on our 20 mission-critical SAP applications running around the clock.  If our core business applications were to go down unexpectedly, the impact would be huge.  We wanted to be able to restore data from our SAP applications as quickly as possible, to ensure business continuity.”

 

Why Hitachi

“Previously we used IBM and NetApp technologies for data protection.  With HDPS [Hitachi Data Protection Suite], we gained a single solution that delivers all the capabilities we need, enabling us to harmonize processes across the company.”

 

Outcomes

 

Time

“Instead of having to monitor different administration consoles, we now have a single tool, enabling us to spend 20% less time of data protection management.  What’s more, we’ve been able to fully automate backup policies using HDPS, so we need to worry about scheduling or running back-up jobs, even when deploying new systems from scratch.”

 

Recovery

“We have demanding recovery time objectives, and in the event of disaster we must be able to restore any SAP system within one hour.  With the HDPS solution, we can recover even our mission-critical databases in just eight minutes using the IntelliSnap revert feature.”

 

From: SFS Group Implements Hitachi Data Protection Suite to Back Up, Restore and Rapidly Recover Mission-Critical Business Applications.  For Full Case Study Click Here.

GRZ IT Center specializes in providing IT services for leading regional banks in Austria.  Daniel Eckerstorfer, System Engineer at GRZ IT Center, recently spoke with Hitachi Vantara about creating a private cloud than could compete with their public cloud competitors.

 

For Full Case Study Click Here

 

Moving to a Private Cloud

“Companies increasingly migrate workloads from their own data centers into the cloud. It has become commonplace that customers expect pricing for on-premises solutions to match offerings by cloud providers.  To see off this fresh wave of competition, we set out to offer high-quality and high-performance IT services to our banking clients for the same price as established public cloud platforms, and with enhanced security and control.”

 

 

Why Hitachi

“We looked at proposals from several leading vendors,” recalls Eckerstorfer. “Ultimately, we decided to go with Hitachi because the solution represented superb value for money.  In the past, we have had excellent experience working with Hitachi, so we knew we could count on them. For support during the implementation, we engaged with the services team and they provided excellent solution deployment skills.”

 

Maintaining a Competitive Edge

“In total, the Hitachi solution has enabled us to cut costs by over two thirds and match the price of public cloud storage, such as Microsoft Azure. By offering top-quality IT services at competitive prices, we can satisfy our customers’ expectations.”

 

 

Excerpts From GRZ IT Center Gains Private Cloud Security and Control at Public Cloud Prices.  For full story Click Here