Tomologic gears up to win a cut of USD 12 billion manufacturing market

Bringing steel-cutting pattern optimization solution to market rapidly with help from IBM and Gridcore

Published on 13-Dec-2013

"We are extremely satisfied with our IBM Flex System x222 solution from IBM and Gridcore." - Magnus Norberg, CEO, Tomologic

Customer:
Tomologic

Industry:
Industrial Products

Deployment country:
Sweden

Solution:
Flex System, Flex System running OS - Windows, Flex System x222, PureSystems, Energy Efficiency, High Availability , SaaS

IBM Business Partner:
Gridcore AB

Overview

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Tomologic provides highly efficient steel-cutting patterns to the manufacturing industry. Delivered as a service through a reseller network of cutting-tool manufacturers, the company’s proprietary algorithm enables customers to nest cutting patterns without the need for traditional safety distances – significantly reducing waste and raw material requirements.

Business need:
To win a share of a USD 12 billion market, Tomologic wanted to deliver its innovative steel-cutting pattern optimization software as a service rapidly within a tight start-up company budget.

Solution:
Tomologic implemented its solution on high-performance IBM® Flex System™ x222 double-dense compute nodes, shrinking time-to-value, cutting operational costs and delivering high performance.

Benefits:
Reduces management costs by 50 percent compared to traditional blade solutions while delivering the performance Tomologic needs to release its product fast and capitalize on a USD 12 billion market.

Case Study

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Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Tomologic provides highly efficient steel-cutting patterns to the manufacturing industry. Delivered as a service through a reseller network of cutting-tool manufacturers, the company’s proprietary algorithm enables customers to nest cutting patterns without the need for traditional safety distances – significantly reducing waste and raw material requirements.

Cutting global carbon emissions by one percent
Tomologic wanted to bring its revolutionary nesting algorithm to market rapidly, as Magnus Norberg, CEO at Tomologic, explains: “We have calculated that if every manufacturer in the steel industry used the Tomologic cutting algorithm, it would reduce global carbon emissions by one percent.

“We knew that our product could be a game-changer for the global manufacturing industry, and we wanted to find a way to deliver it to potential customers as soon as possible. To build our customer base, we were looking for a delivery method that lowered barriers to customer adoption, enabled seamless integration with existing customer assets and kept our own operational costs low.

“We determined that combining a software-as-a-service [SaaS] model with a reseller channel of cutting-tool manufacturers was the optimal approach to reach a large customer base quickly.”

With a market of more than 150,000 steel cutting machines globally, Tomologic realized that it needed a scalable, reliable and high-performance compute platform capable of delivering thousands of custom-generated cutting patterns each day.

Delivering high compute density with IBM Flex System x222 nodes
Following a thorough review of offerings from multiple different vendors, Tomologic selected the IBM Flex System solution: a set of compute, storage and networking nodes designed to integrate seamlessly.

“Of all of the solutions we considered, we were most impressed with IBM Flex System,” says Norberg. “By building our SaaS platform on IBM Flex System x222 double-dense compute nodes, we realized that we could pack the performance we needed into a 50 percent smaller footprint than a traditional blade server solution.”

Norberg continues: “As a young company, we were looking for more than a supplier; we wanted a partner that we could work with to grow our business. IBM delivered exactly what we were looking for: technical expertise, excellent support and a deep understanding of our business.”

Partnership for business growth with IBM and Gridcore
To help deliver 24/7 availability for its SaaS solution, Tomologic engaged IBM Premier Business Partner and high-performance computing specialist Gridcore.

“We had previously worked with the Gridcore team at their data center in Gothenburg on a proof-of-concept exercise for our SaaS solution, which gave us full confidence in their ability to manage and maintain the IBM Flex System solution,” says Norberg.

Working together with IBM and Gridcore, Tomologic deployed two IBM Flex System Enterprise chassis, each populated with 28 IBM Flex System x222 double-dense compute nodes. Today, the solution is managed at a Gridcore data center, and administered remotely by Tomologic.

Reducing business risk with IBM Global Financing
To minimize its business risk, preserve equity and reduce its operational costs, Tomologic took out a Fair Market Value lease from IBM Global Financing.

“Our lease from IBM Global Financing enabled the financial stability we needed to create an enterprise SaaS platform quickly, efficiently and with low business risk,” says Norberg. “Everything was arranged through a single point of contact at IBM. In fact, we felt that we received the kind of highly personalized service we usually associate with much smaller companies.”

Reaching thousands of new customers
With IBM Flex System x222 double-dense compute nodes driving the SaaS platform for its unique steel-cutting algorithm, Tomologic is poised to capture a leading share of a global market worth over USD 12 billion.

“Our SaaS solution is about to move from the pilot phase into production,” says Norberg. “Thanks to our IBM Flex System x222 nodes, we have absolute confidence that we can deliver the levels of reliability, performance and scalability required to meet our initial target customer base.

“What’s more, by utilizing IBM Flex System x222 double-density compute nodes to pack greater performance into a single rack, we have effectively cut our co-location costs by 50 percent – a major advantage for a growing business.”

Planning for the future
Following its successful proof-of-concept exercise and pilot program, Tomologic has plans to augment its IBM solution to deliver an even better service to manufacturing-industry customers around the world.

“Cutting patterns vary considerably in complexity; for example, it is more compute-intensive to nest a circular pattern efficiently than a square one,” says Norberg. “To accommodate unexpected peaks in workload complexity without scaling out our infrastructure, we are working with Gridcore to utilize their capacity on-demand service.

“We predict that the elasticity of the Gridcore on-demand solution will enable us to optimize our base capacity, and ultimately generate significant operational savings.”

Norberg concludes: “We are extremely satisfied with our IBM Flex System solution from IBM and Gridcore. By continuing to refine the revolutionary Tomologic cutting algorithm on our high-performance IBM Flex System x222 double-dense compute nodes, we are taking the first steps toward delivering our product to more than 150,000 customers worldwide.”

Reduce risk with cost-effective compute capacity
By launching its innovative SaaS product on IBM Flex System x222 double-dense compute nodes, Tomologic can pack twice the performance of a traditional blade server solution into a footprint half the size – reducing its co-location expenditure by 50 percent. Combined with a flexible lease from IBM Global Financing, Tomologic can preserve the equity it needs to reduce its risk during the critical growth phase.

For more information
To learn more about IBM solutions, contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit us at: ibm.com/puresystems

Products and services used

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

Hardware:
Flex System, Flex System running OS - Windows, Flex System x222

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