HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Oracle | September 27, 2022
Oracle today announced that the Exelon Corporation, the nation's largest transmission and distribution utility company, is moving its cloud-first vision forward with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). By moving several of its Oracle utility applications to OCI, Exelon will be able to further meet its sustainability goals by consolidating data centers, reducing costs, and continuing to deliver on its strong record of customer satisfaction.
"Exelon is a leader in the utility market who has long been at the forefront of investing in technologies that create a better experience for its customers while also being proactive in achieving important sustainability goals," said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Energy and Water. "The move to OCI is a natural progression of Oracle's work with Exelon to help the company continue to meet its aggressive growth, cost-efficiency, and net-zero by 2050 commitments."
Exelon serves more than 10 million customers in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic United States through six fully regulated transmission and distribution utilities.
"Our mission is to deliver the clean, reliable, and affordable energy needed to create a brighter, more sustainable future. "Oracle has supported this mission by innovating with Exelon across critical pieces of our operations - from energy efficiency to customer service. Oracle's unique utility and back-office applications combined with the price, performance, and security of OCI is a powerful combination that will continue to help us scale our cloud-first strategy."
Michael Menendez, vice president of IT Architecture & Engineering, Exelon Corporation
From the cloud to carbon reduction and customer care
Accenture, a long-time digital transformation partner of Exelon, will help the company move a number of integral applications to the cloud. These include Oracle's customer information system (CIS) and meter data management solutions. The CIS application, in conjunction with Oracle CX solutions, is currently being used across several of the Exelon utilities, providing a single view of the customer that helps Exelon foster a better, more personalized experience – from service call interactions to accurate billing. Likewise, meter data management is helping Exelon capture smart meter data to optimize its use to help support its core operations, energy reliability, and customer innovation. In addition, by leveraging the Oracle Support Rewards, Exelon will be able to shift key applications to OCI for better performance, availability, and security - all for a lower cost.
"Evolving customer and employee expectations make delivering impactful, sustainable experiences a critical imperative," said Laurence Bellenguez, the Accenture Oracle Business Group Industry lead for North America. "OCI, coupled with Accenture's technology and industry expertise, is helping Exelon reimagine its employee and customer experience – providing more personalized interactions and significant operational efficiencies, with sustainability at its core."
Exelon is also taking advantage of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Resident Architect Program, a highly personalized service designed to streamline adoption and successful use of OCI based on Exelon's specific workloads. With the Resident Architect Program, Exelon is supported by a dedicated team of Oracle Enterprise Cloud Architects and Specialists to augment its existing team and provide deep industry expertise and broad technical OCI proficiency.
Oracle offers integrated suites of applications plus secure, autonomous infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud.
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Juniper Networks | November 30, 2022
Juniper Networks , a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, today announced that PT IndoInternetTbk (Indonet), an Indonesian digital infrastructure provider, has selected Juniper Apstra to help automate, modernize and facilitate an experience-first expansion of its network infrastructure. Through managed automated network provisioning and monitoring, Apstra has already delivered Indonet an estimated 20% in cost-savings efficiency.
As the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia has established a reputation as a preferred data center location in Southeast Asia due to its strategic location across vital shipping lanes, high levels of internet penetration and vibrant digital-first economy. To capitalize on this, the government has rolled out ambitious initiatives to accelerate economic growth, fueled by the urgency for digital transformation across industry sectors like manufacturing, finance and healthcare.
With digital transformation underway, the demand for reliable and scalable colocation services has spiked – with spending in the capital, Jakarta, alone expected to reach $938M by 2027 at a projected five-year CAGR of 22.7%. As Indonesia’s first Internet Service Provider, Indonet has built a reputation for providing scalable and reliable digital infrastructure solutions and is poised to capture more of that ongoing growth.
Indonet utilized Apstra to validate the design, deployment and operation of the EVPN/VXLAN overlay and IP fabric underlay of its latest data center, both built on Juniper QFX Series Switches. The use of validated templates and zero-touch provisioning has resulted in reduced deployment times and reliable data center operations, allowing Indonet to significantly streamline the day-to-day management of its data center networks and unify them in a virtual environment seamlessly.
As the only solution in the industry supporting a multivendor environment, Apstra can manage data centers built with different vendors, simplifying Indonet’s network operations while accelerating its scalability. Not only has Apstra dramatically reduced tedious manual tasks with repeatable blueprints, but it has also freed up skilled engineers at the company for more strategic work.
Additionally, the latest networking upgrades supported by Juniper’s Professional Services and Advanced Services empower Indonet to better respond to customer needs with greater agility, providing ultra-low latency and highly reliable cloud solutions required to power the country’s enterprises – the backbone of Indonesia’s economic growth.
“Our vision is to become the digital infrastructure enabler of choice in Indonesia. Our partnership with Juniper Networks has modernized our network, streamlined the management of our data centers and, most importantly, helped us predict problems before they arise. This forms a strong foundation that will enable us to expand our footprint, respond to our customers with great agility and, ultimately, help them to fully capture the growth potential Indonesia has to offer.”
Den Tossi Ishak, Chief Operating Officer, Indonet
“Juniper Networks is excited to partner with and grow Indonet’s network as they build out a simplified, reliable and efficient infrastructure across Indonesia. Apstra has greatly facilitated the automation and expansion across their data center networks and we look forward to continuing our journey together as they transform into a modern digital infrastructure provider, further fueling Indonesia’s growth momentum.”
Perry Sui, Senior Director, ASEAN & Taiwan, Juniper Networks
About Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks is dedicated to dramatically simplifying network operations and driving superior experiences for end users. Our solutions deliver industry-leading insight, automation, security, and AI to drive real business results. We believe that powering connections will bring us closer together while empowering us all to solve the world’s greatest challenges of well-being, sustainability, and equality. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (www.juniper.net) or connect with Juniper on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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Micro Focus | September 12, 2022
Global digital transformation leader Micro Focus today announced the successful modernisation of AG's mission-critical business systems. By using Micro Focus solutions and services, Belgium's largest and oldest insurance provider has established a contemporary, collaborative application development environment that meets the company's current needs, while enabling continued evolution and future change.
During the significant modernisation project, critical applications comprising more than 80 million lines of code were moved from the incumbent mainframe system to new infrastructure that supports 14 million transactions per day. The project began in mid-2018 with a completion goal of four years. The efficiency of the project resulted in its completion in three years. Vitally, during the transition and since, there were no interruptions to daily business activities for AG or the services offered for its three million clients.
"The whole operation has resulted in an innovative and open environment that enables a new data-driven strategy, as well as our company enjoying a lower total cost of ownership now and far into the future. The modernisation project opened the door for utilising the cloud and aligned operational systems more closely with the data analytics systems. The end result is a modern IT infrastructure that allows AG to efficiently meet its customer and distribution partners expectations and needs. We couldn't have realised this huge project without the partnership and excellent collaboration with Micro Focus."
Philippe Van Belle, Chief Information & Technology Officer of AG
In addition to bolstering its already excellent customer services, AG is now accelerating its own digital transformation with its modernised IT architecture. As part of this change, AG will now offer more services and conduct business operations in the cloud as they leverage new technologies in their continued digital evolution. Another advantage of the modernisation project is that AG has a cutting-edge environment for the recruitment of a new generation of developers, as well as the retention of existing talent with an uplift in development skills and program knowledge.
"The completion of this project with AG is the latest in an extensive line of successful core business system modernisation projects for Micro Focus," said Neil Fowler, Micro Focus AMC General Manager. "Our role was to enable and support AG's modernisation journey as they delivered their business outcomes through a combination of application, process and infrastructure modernisation. This has resulted in an agile platform that allows AG to leverage their core applications and continue to deliver increasing value to their customers. With Micro Focus' more than 40 years of experience in modernising business-critical applications running on the mainframe or distributed environments, we as a company are proud of the results that we were able to deliver to AG.
"AG has been a Micro Focus customer for more than ten years, and we look forward to seeing the positive impacts that this modernisation project has on the insurance services AG provides to its customers and the company's reduction in TCO for its infrastructure."
The modernisation project entailed the shift of AG's z/OS workloads to a Windows-based environment. To do so, AG utilised the Micro Focus Enterprise Developer and Enterprise Server products, as well as the expertise of the company's Professional Services group. The AG modernisation project also included collaboration from HP Enterprise as system integrator and Capgemini as the testing partner.
As a company, Micro Focus supports its customers' choice for modernising their applications, process and infrastructure. Digital transformation demands a flexible and adaptive strategy aimed at improving results and accelerating time to value. Through the Micro Focus Modernisation Maturity Model, IT leaders can quickly map their current IT environment to their future business strategy—while finding the right balance between costs, risk and speed.
About Micro Focus
Micro Focus is one of the world's largest enterprise software providers, focused on solving the IT dilemma—how to balance today's needs with tomorrow's opportunities. We deliver mission-critical technology that helps tens of thousands of customers worldwide manage core IT elements of their business. Strengthened by our strategic services and support organisations, and an extensive partner network, our broad set of technologies for security, IT operations, application delivery, governance, modernisation, and analytics provides the innovative solutions organisations need to run and transform— at the same time.
With a share of 29,5% in the Life insurance market and 16.7% in Non-life, AG is the undisputed leader in the Belgian insurance market. To better tailor its offer to fulfil different customer needs, AG has a multi-channel distribution strategy that includes independent brokers and Fintro agents, bank branches (BNP Paribas Fortis, bpost bank) and collaboration with large corporate clients and sectors for their group insurance. AG employs over 4,000 specialised staff members.