NTT Data: Bolstering Banking with WebSphere and System z - Video

IBM solutions are a game-changer for Japan’s financial infrastructure

Published on 17-Nov-2011

Customer:
NTT Data

Industry:
Banking, Financial Markets

Deployment country:
Japan

Overview

NTT Data Corporation is the top systems integrator in Japan.

Business need:
Many mainframe systems that govern Japanese financial institutions are outdated and difficult to maintain with stringent and ever-growing list of customer requirements.

Solution:
To meet the stringent and ever-growing list of customer requirements, NTT Data, the top systems integrator in Japan, turned to System z and IBM WebSphere to manage their customers’ many applications and application servers.

Benefits:
Already, System z’s hardware and middleware have proved their mettle, ensuring the country’s major banking systems are more stable and reliable than ever before.

Video

Many mainframe systems that govern Japanese financial institutions are outdated and difficult to maintain. To meet the stringent and ever-growing list of customer requirements, NTT Data, the top systems integrator in Japan, turned to System z and IBM WebSphere to manage their customers’ many applications and application servers. Already, System z’s hardware and middleware have proved their mettle, ensuring the country’s major banking systems are more stable and reliable than ever before.




Video Transcript


Junichiro Hirose, Senior Specialist, NTT Data

Toshi Shimizu, Senior Specialist, NTT Data

Text introduction:
NTT Data Corporation is the top systems integrator in Japan.

Text callout:
Junichiro Hirose, Senior Specialist

Junichiro Hirose: The business of customers in financial institutions is very complicated, and when
putting that into a system, analyzing that complicated business and making the specification of
the actual system requires both an extremely high level of business knowledge and a high level
of system knowledge.

Text callout:
Toshi Shimizu, Senior Specialist

Toshi Shimizu: But in Japan, mostly, especially large customers, large banks for example, [it’s]
very, very rare to develop their application by themselves. So they have a vision and
requirement, and then they will have the direct hand to program or proceed the project. So
they come to us like a systems integrator. Then we have a guy to design and the program
implement, and they just store, tune, operate, everything.

Junichiro Hirose: …systems at Japanese financial institutions around the 1970's had been built
with mainframes, and were extremely out of date. Every customer had to deal with the problem
that maintenance was becoming extremely difficult.

Toshi Shimizu: The Japanese customers are always pushing us a very difficult requirement, and
mostly their requirements are very much different from A customer to B customer. So we have to
carefully listen to customer’s requirement…

Junichiro Hirose: …what we need for a highly reliable system is a combination of
hardware and database, applications, and application servers that should be guaranteed to
be good.

Toshi Shimizu: We started to use WebSphere distributed application servers and then MQ. But
the step this year is the Bank of Japan, the Central Bank now accepted to use our system which
is the best on the z/OS Sysplex, WebSphere z/OS, MQ and the Message Broker and DB2 on z. So
their requirement is very, very high, and then we design the system to respond to that
requirement because they have very, very stable systems.

Junichiro Hirose: Compared to ordinary open system use, Linux, Unix, and Websphere for
Windows, Websphere on System z has additional functions for reliability for special uses, and we
also considered the fact that its combination with the z/OS has been thoroughly tested.

Toshi Shimizu: IBM is I think the only company to produce the bottom to top, the hardware and
then storage unit as well. The z is tremendous and the z/OS and middleware. Then the important
thing is it’s a single point of contact.

Toshi Shimizu: It’s reliability [sic], dependability [sic], unbreakable, and the company facility and
the Sysplex is really a well proven technology. And then it’s not experimental, it’s already running
everywhere much, much better than the Linux, Open Source, Clustering.

Junichiro Hirose: What can I say, I think IBM is a company that has this. And I think that IBM is the
only company that can do it.

Products and services used

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

Hardware:
System z

Software:
DB2 for z/OS, WebSphere Message Broker for z/OS, WebSphere MQ for z/OS, z/OS

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