IBM to Solve Big Data Challenges of Stuttgart Public Transportation System

By Michael Guta October 23, 2014

Even though IBM spends more than $6 billion annually on R&D, it missed the boat in evaluating the potential of cloud technology, which many believe is responsible for 10 straight quarters of revenue declines for the company. As it liquidates different assets, including its chip and x86 hardware server division, it has also been acquiring key cloud technology companies and delivering world class big data solutions around the world.

This has resulted in total revenues from continuing operations for the third-quarter of 2014 of $22.4 billion, down 4 percent. Even if thing are slow for Big Blue at the moment, the products and services it offers is relied upon by many public and private organizations around the world.

The Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen AG (SSB), a German public transportation company, has selected IBM Cloud, Software Defined Storage and Flash to properly manage the 171 million passengers it serves annually on its light rail and busses.

According to the transportation company, it was looking for solutions that would improve its business application performance and customer response time as the amount of data it creates continues to grow at 10 percent annually. With 5.3 million people in the city, the population growth has only been surpassed by the amount of data created by the people and organizations in Stuttgart.

With so much information in its system, the company’s SAP applications were underperforming, and its ability to engage with customers and meet service level agreements with its vendors was degraded. In order to overcome these hurdles it selected IBM to overhaul the entire infrastructure, including legacy IBM Power Systems and adopting IBM Software Defined Storage, Virtualization and Flash.

“Our data challenges were affecting our business,” said Roland Wagner, team leader for System Technology at SSB. “It was clear our IT issues were not relegated to a single system or component, but the infrastructure. It was simply not tuned for the volumes and expansion we were experiencing and projecting.”

The SAP applications are critical part of SSB’s overall solution, and it wanted to ensure they could be accessed more effectively and provide the services they were designed for quickly and efficiently. One significant improvement based on IBM’s implementation and overall application performance was the reduction of wage processing from six hours to six minutes by the human resources department.

The IBM Power Systems solutions provide solutions to transform big data and analytics, cloud and mobile technology into a competitive advantage for organizations so they can gain valuable insights from structured and unstructured data sources. It puts data to work for the enterprise by unlocking the value of information and deliver insights faster with IBM systems and solutions optimized for big data and analytics applications.

 “Increasingly, organizations like SSB are realizing the positive impact that a strategic IT infrastructure can make on business results,” said Jamie Thomas, general manager of Storage and Software Defined Systems, IBM Systems & Technology Group.

Edited by Alisen Downey

NFVZone Contributing Writer

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