Fret SNCF reduces development and maintenance costs

IBM WebSphere software helps connect the company with a growing partner network

Published on 21-Sep-2012

"The ESB we’ve created with WebSphere software gives us the flexibility we need to integrate with a growing partner network, as well as scalability to support an increasing amount of information." - Patrick Lefevre, chief information officer, Fret SNCF

Customer:
Fret SNCF

Industry:
Travel & Transportation

Deployment country:
France

Overview

Founded in 1938, SNCF is a public company based in France with employees in more than 100 countries and five primary divisions: travel, local transportation, infrastructure management, multimodal logistics, and stations and connections. Fret SNCF is part of the rail goods transport division of SNCF. It is the leading transporter of goods in France and the second-largest rail transporter in Europe.

Business need:
Fret SNCF wanted to reduce point-to-point integrations and securely exchange information with external partners.

Solution:
Fret SNCF created an ESB using IBM WebSphere software to centralize, manage and support the flow of information.

Benefits:
The solution improves end-to-end tracking of data flows, enabling the company to improve service quality.

Case Study

in 1938, SNCF is a public company based in France with employees in more than 100 countries and five primary divisions: travel, local transportation, infrastructure management, multimodal logistics, and stations and connections. Fret SNCF is part of the rail goods transport division of SNCF. It is the leading transporter of goods in France and the second-largest rail transporter in Europe.

Challenge
Fret SNCF had an information system serving its European operations that included functionality for ordering, billing, train composition and monitoring, stock management and rail production. Fret SNCF wanted to update this system to reduce point-to-point integrations and enable the company to securely exchange information between its internal applications and its partner applications. It sought a solution that would provide a high level of flexibility and support various information formats and exchange protocols.

Solution
Working in phases, Fret SNCF created an enterprise service bus (ESB) using IBM® WebSphere® Enterprise Service Bus, IBM WebSphere MQ, IBM WebSphere Transformation Extender, IBM HTTP Server and IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment software. First, the company defined the features of the ESB. Next, it integrated the ESB with its existing information system. Lastly, Fret SNCF added to the ESB data flows from new applications and gradually migrated existing data flows. Ultimately, the company added approximately 300 data flows to the ESB.

The WebSphere technology helps the company centralize, manage and support the flow of information between internal and external applications. The software suite also provides advanced transformation capabilities, eliminating the need for individual applications to transform data.

Benefits
• Improves quality of service by facilitating end-to-end tracking of data flows, helping to more proactively address issues
• Delivers high availability and load distribution using the WebSphere Application Server software, supporting a two-hour recovery time objective (RTO)
• Reduces development and maintenance costs, shrinking the time developers spend creating and maintaining point-to-point integrations

For more information
To learn more about IBM WebSphere software, contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit,
ibm.com/websphere.

Products and services used

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

Software:
WebSphere Transformation Extender, WebSphere MQ, WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, IBM HTTP Server, WebSphere Application Server

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