Volvofinans Drives New IT Strategy with Software AG


Volvofinans selected Software AG’s CentraSite as its enterprise platform for service-oriented architecture governance and metadata management. The new IT infrastructure is being implemented to accelerate the delivery of new products and services.


Volvofinans provides financing and related services for Volvo and Renault vehicles throughout Sweden. Volvofinans currently manages nearly 250,000 loans and leases, including 350 corporate programs, and an additional one million Volvo credit cards.


“We’ve long recognized the business benefits of a more adaptive and reusable IT infrastructure. However, our development of a truly flexible infrastructure has been limited until now by the lack of suitable enterprise technologies for managing and governing the resulting complexity,” said Johan Nordin, IT manager for Volvofinans. “CentraSite from Software AG delivers the visibility and control that we need to manage a very granular, dynamic and fast-paced IT environment. This will allow us to deliver on new business requirements faster by rapidly reconfiguring existing systems into new processes and applications.”


Saint Joseph’s University Uses Metastorm Software


Saint Joseph’s University Haub School of Business is incorporating Metastorm’s software as part of its master’s program curriculum.


The University is using Metastorm BPM software to educate professionals on the role technology can play in improving critical human and system-based business and decision processes.


“Our work with Metastorm has given our students hands-on experience to solving business problems from a process-centric approach with technologies used in the real world,” stated Ray Sarnacki, an MBA professor from Saint Joseph’s University. “We are proud to give our students the opportunity to work with a leading technology and help them develop expertise that can be applied to achieve results at their organizations.”


Eskom Selects SunGard’s AvantGard 


South Africa’s primary electricity supplier chose SunGard’s AvantGard solution for treasury management.


Eskom selected AvantGard to replace several disparate systems by providing an integrated solution across a single platform. With 50 users across the organization, Eskom will be able to enhance a broad scope of functions not only in its central treasury but also across other business units.


“Our key objective in this project is to improve connectivity, straight-through processing and compliance. In choosing SunGard’s AvantGard, we have selected a system that will address multiple needs in a single-vendor environment," Caroline Henry, head of treasury at Eskom said. “We feel confident that through sophisticated technology and local expertise, SunGard will help to enhance our overall business process management and, in turn, improve strategic decision-making.”


HCLS Selects NetApp for Disaster Recovery


The Hillsborough County Library Services (HCLS), located in Tampa, Florida, solidified its disaster recovery capabilities and streamlined its overall storage environment with NetApp S500 storage solution.


HCLS, with over 350 employees, is the central facility for the library system that serves Hillsborough County. The library contains over 2.1 million volumes and circulates 8.2 million items a year. While data growth was never an issue for HCLS, its previous IT infrastructure was unable to handle backups at the same time as file storage.


“Disaster recovery is something that we placed a very high premium on given the key role that HCLS plays in the success of the Hillsborough County library system,” said Jason Biggers, general manager of HCLS. “Unfortunately, our previous backup and recovery method wasn’t the long-term solution we needed. After looking around, we decided that the network storage capabilities of NetApp combined with the virtualization capabilities of VMware gave HCLS the best possible solution to meet our business needs.”


Farmers Alliance Selects Progress Sonic ESB for SOA


Farmers Alliance Mutual Insurance Company (FAMI), a midwestern property and casualty insurance carrier for homes, autos, businesses and farms, will deploy Progress Software Corporation’s Progress Sonic Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) to streamline its enterprise IT infrastructure and integrate discrete applications.


FAMI is undergoing a multiyear cost optimization project within their IT environment and regards the Sonic ESB as an integral part of their ability to reduce costs.


“In addition to tackling internal integration challenges, our goal is to create a highly available environment in which we can more easily interact with business partners over the Web," said Andy Edwardson, vice president of IT at FAMI. "Our desire is to develop an enterprise architecture that is less ‘hard-wired’ and more service-oriented, allowing us to create reusable business objects resulting in a more agile business environment. The Sonic ESB will facilitate such an environment.”

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