Published on 07-Feb-2012
"WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration empowered IT to complete a complex project quickly. We gained fast time to value from the integration itself, and it freed IT resources for more strategic work." - Global manufacturing company
Global manufacturing and technology company
Cloud Computing, SmartCloud - Foundation
A diversified global manufacturing and technology company headquartered in the United States that offers a wide range of products and services.
To maximize business efficiency, the company needed real-time visibility of the shop floor across its global manufacturing sites.
The manufacturer chose IBM WebSphere® Cast Iron® Cloud integration to provide a cloud computing solution to connect the many manufacturing sites, providing needed visibility into the company’s on-premises applications.
The IBM WebSphere® Cast Iron® Cloud integration solution helped the manufacturer achieve fast time to value, lessen the need for specialized IT integration skills and reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of integrated applications by 40 percent.
IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration accelerates completion of “11-week” project in 10 days
With approximately 127,000 employees and more than 200 manufacturing locations worldwide, a diversified global manufacturing and technology company headquartered in the United States offers a wide range of products and services. The company serves industrial, commercial and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies and tools and storage businesses.
To maximize business efficiency, the company needed real-time visibility of the shop floor across its global manufacturing sites. This included the ability to view supplier receipts in a timely manner, see reports of manufacturing progress and receive immediate verifications of products shipped. Accomplishing this required a standards-based solution that would enable integration among numerous incompatible applications and systems, including the mainframe. The estimate to complete the integration was 11 weeks.
The manufacturer chose IBM WebSphere® Cast Iron® Cloud integration, which provides preconfigured integrations for hundreds of leading enterprise and cloud applications. By using a “configuration, not coding” approach to application integration, the solution improves IT productivity by eliminating the need for custom programming and deep middleware expertise.
These capabilities worked well in the integration project. The solution relied on cloud computing to connect the many manufacturing sites, providing needed visibility into the company’s on-premises applications. Postintegration, the solution links the company’s distributed shop-floor systems in real time. Shipping verifications from the mainframe travel to manufacturing systems, and warranty information routes back to the mainframe. Further, real-time error notifications are possible across the entire manufacturing base. The integration project took only 10 days, 87 percent faster than the estimated 11 weeks.
· Achieved fast time to value from the “configuration, not coding” approach to application integration
· Lessened the need for specialized IT integration skills, freeing resources for more strategic work
· Reduced the total cost of ownership (TCO) of integrated applications by 40 percent
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