CLD Partners cut costs with IBM cloud solution

IBM SmartCloud Application Services cuts development costs by more than 15 percent

Published on 11-Dec-2012

"The future of CLD Partners is around using collaborative, Cloud-enabled technologies to deliver value to our clients and IBM SmartCloud Application Services is a tool that is helping us achieve those goals." - Steve Clune, CEO, CLD Partners

Customer:
CLD Partners

Industry:
Computer Services

Deployment country:
United States

Solution:
Cloud Computing, SmartCloud - Services

Overview

CLD Partners is a custom software consultancy firm focused on leveraging cloud and crowdsourcing platforms to help large enterprises define their customized software needs and adopt emerging Cloud technologies. Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, CLD Partners delivers high-quality solutions to help businesses innovate more quickly, streamline their processes and improve service to customers, employees and vendors.

Business need:
CLD Partners sought a flexible platform for the quick deployment of new customer environments while helping its development team increase the pace of product innovation.

Solution:
IBM® SmartCloud™ Application Services provided a cost-effective and repeatable framework to create and scale new environments.

Benefits:
CLD Partners reduced deployment time, cut development costs and refocused on their core business of application development and cut management and deployment costs.

Case Study

CLD Partners is a custom software consultancy firm focused on leveraging cloud and crowdsourcing platforms to help large enterprises define their customized software needs and adopt emerging Cloud technologies. Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, CLD Partners delivers high-quality solutions to help businesses innovate more quickly, streamline their processes and improve service to customers, employees and vendors.

Challenge

During the course of a large development project, CLD Partners ran into complications when it attempted to deploy the new software within its customer’s environment. The software developer was contracted to design a complex proposal management solution to a web-based architecture that could support its clients’ sales teams distributed around the world.

CLD Partners found that, as with many other application development projects, a traditional IT environment posed challenges that hindered creation and provisioning of new environments. Its development team was pulled away from their core jobs to help with deployments and it ran into numerous delays provisioning the necessary equipment to host the new system.

With its delivery deadline looming, the business began looking for alternate strategies. Ideally, this new approach would offer more flexible and timely deployment capabilities than traditional software deployments.

Solution

Because of its past success with several IBM software suites, CLD Partners turned to IBM to provide a highly flexible, Cloud-based development and deployment platform. IBM SmartCloud Application Services helped CLD Partners drive down overall development costs by 15 percent by allowing for rapid creation and deployment of repeatable environments as well as the scaling of existing environments.

Working through a unified dashboard, users can access various development tools including IBM Rational® Team Concert™, IBM Rational Requirements Composer and IBM Rational Quality Manager software. The flexible architecture allows CLD Partners to quickly and easily create test environments that it can port to other public and private cloud environments. These environments, in turn, can be easily recreated to support repeated testing or prototyping efforts. Additionally, CLD Partners is not at the mercy of procuring physical hardware or software licenses, which had previously complicated its provisioning process.
With its current project drawing to a close, CLD Partners intends to support future development projects with the new IBM SmartCloud Application Services offering.

For more information

To learn more about IBM SmartCloud Application Services, please contact your IBM marketing representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit the following website: ibm.com/cloud/paas

Products and services used

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

Service:
GTS ITS Server: Smart Business Cloud (Compute)

Legal Information

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