BNP Paribas: Building robust and secure information management solutions to grow [Video]

How IBM System z is helping BNP Paribas streamline IMS transactions for the French banking industry

Published on 30-Apr-2012

Validated on 03 Dec 2013

Customer:
BNP Paribas

Industry:
Banking

Deployment country:
France

Solution:
High Availability , Smarter Computing, Transformational Account

Overview

France’s retail banking business represents 32 million IMS transactions daily, with peaks reaching up to 45 million per day, or 1,250 per second.

Business need:
Representing 32 million transactions daily, France’s banking business is booming. In order to process and manage that flow of information for retail, investment and corporate banking organizations, BNP Paribas needed a powerful and reliable IMS that wouldn’t compromise system availability.

Solution:
They count on IBM for solutions that simplify and unify middleware and applications, and remove the need for adaptability during new project launches.

Benefits:
As it stands, there isn’t a single solution IBM was unable to find and not a single technical problem IBM was not able to resolve. For this reason, the relationship between BNP Paribas and IBM is very important and it must be maintained for as long as possible.

Video

Representing 32 million transactions daily, France’s banking business is booming. In order to process and manage that flow of information for retail, investment and corporate banking organizations, BNP Paribas needed a powerful and reliable IMS that wouldn’t compromise system availability. They count on IBM for solutions that simplify and unify middleware and applications, and remove the need for adaptability during new project launches. Watch the video to see how System z and other IBM products provide BNP Paribas with a secure, high-availability system with scalability for the future.





Video Transcript


Anne-Marie Grabette

BNP Paribas
IT Projects Manager

Eric Bartolone
BNP Paribas
Team Leader, Architecture and IT

Eric Bartolone: Our main business is French retail banking. We perform several trades: investing, investment solutions and corporate banking.

Nowadays, we have a number of challenges in integrating new information systems across the Group. So, we have a lot of middleware and many common applications, which means we have a growing need to be able to simplify, unify and homogenize these applications.

Anne-Marie Grabette: Banking is not confined to branches. It’s also on the web. And we can’t afford reduced information system availability at any time because all customers expect 24/7 availability.

France’s retail banking business represents 32 million IMS transactions daily, with peaks reaching up to 45 million per day, or 1,250 per second. So, based on these figures, it is very apparent that we need a strong, powerful and reliable IMS.

For our banking needs, we use IMS in SYSPLEX with Shared Queue and DB 2 and IMS databases.

Eric Bartolone: And, within the various information systems, we use several IBM solutions: CICS, DB 2, and a great many other IBM products are used both on the distributed side and on System z.

What interests us most in System z is its security, and scalability, and the robustness of the system is very important for us, too. It’s recognized as a high-availability system, and only System Z allows us to achieve these aims.

Anne-Marie Grabette: As it stands today, to launch a new project and for it to be used in all the information systems, it has to be rewritten, for adaptability purposes. In the future, however, thanks to IBM’s solutions, this will no longer be necessary.

Eric Bartolone: The purpose of interoperability is to avoid these applications (old and new alike) having to be developed for new projects. This means gain for BNP Paribas in terms of development. There is another aim, too, which is to enable the middleware to be homogenized. We need applications that are the same throughout - unified.

For this purpose, we started conducting three studies. These will allow the projects to obtain solutions enabling them to fulfill their expectations in terms of interoperability with the open and Z environments.

Anne-Marie Grabette: We work very closely with the IBM staff. They provide answers and support for all our new solutions.

Eric Bartolone: We work closely with the IBM technical support teams and the IBM lab. They constantly troubleshoot our technical and operating matters. We have a very long-running relationship with them.

This research is very positive because it enables the BNP Paribas architects to come up with solutions for projects that are to be launched in the future.

As it stands, there isn’t a single solution IBM was unable to find and not a single technical problem IBM was not able to resolve. For this reason, the relationship between BNP Paribas and IBM is very important and it must be maintained for as long as possible.

Products and services used

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

Hardware:
System z

Software:
IMS, DB2 for z/OS, IMS Sysplex Manager for z/OS, CICS Universal Client

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