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Mission-Critical Manufacturing Apps From Infor® Hosted By Tata Communications: A Case Study

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 Mission-Critical Manufacturing Apps From Infor® Hosted By Tata Communications: A Case Study - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Backup & Recovery
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Hybrid Cloud
Applicable Industries
  • Apparel
  • Telecommunications
Services
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
The Challenge
Infor, a company that builds business software for specific industries in the cloud, faced a significant challenge. With a workforce of 16,000 employees and over 90,000 customers spread across more than 170 countries, Infor's software is designed for progress. However, its business model, which involved licensing state-of-the-art software applications to run on customers’ own IT infrastructures, was proving to be a hurdle. One of their customers, Tal Apparel, was using legacy in-house IBM AS/400 computer systems. These systems were strained beyond their capabilities and were unable to run the newer Infor software. This situation posed a significant challenge for Infor, as it was hindering the progress and efficiency of their software deployment.
The Customer
About The Customer
Tal Apparel is a customer of Infor, a company that builds business software for specific industries in the cloud. Tal Apparel was using legacy in-house IBM AS/400 computer systems, which were strained beyond their capabilities and unable to run the newer Infor software. This was a significant challenge for Tal Apparel, as it hindered their ability to benefit from Infor's state-of-the-art software applications. The company was in need of a solution that would allow them to overcome their infrastructure limitations and fully utilize Infor's software.
The Solution
In response to this challenge, Infor broke new ground by proposing a cloud-based solution. This solution involved running IBM workloads for Tal Apparel on Tata Communications cloud services. This innovative approach allowed for the uploading of eight terabytes of data, while also addressing backup problems with the help of a professional services team. To ensure disaster recovery, a second Tata Communications data centre was established in Hong Kong. This solution not only addressed the immediate problem but also set a precedent for future software deployment, demonstrating the potential of cloud-based solutions in overcoming infrastructure limitations.
Operational Impact
  • The partnership between Infor and Tata Communications resulted in a state-of-the-art high-performance cloud compute capability running on an IZO™ Hybrid Cloud platform. This solution not only addressed the immediate infrastructure limitations faced by Tal Apparel but also demonstrated the potential of cloud-based solutions in overcoming similar challenges. The successful implementation of this solution has set a precedent for future software deployment, showcasing the potential of cloud-based solutions in overcoming infrastructure limitations. Furthermore, the establishment of a second data centre in Hong Kong has provided a robust disaster recovery solution, further enhancing the operational efficiency and reliability of Infor's software.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Eight terabytes of data were successfully uploaded to the cloud.
  • The implementation project was completed in just six weeks, demonstrating a speedy time-to-benefit.
  • A second data centre was established in Hong Kong, providing a robust disaster recovery solution.

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