IBM Expands Cloud Presence in Asia, Europe

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-12-22 Print this article Print

Kasbah Systems selected IBM's SoftLayer to host its Genius University Management System (Genius UMS), a cloud-based integrated administration and management solution that consists of various independent functional modules, starting from admission to graduation. It has been designed to increase the efficiency of the departments in the university and provide online information to the management, staff and students. Genius UMS enables universities to create a more structured organization, increases the transaction-handling capacity and improves the system of internal control.

India has more than 600 universities and 33,000 colleges, with an estimated enrollment of 27.5 million students in higher education each year.

With an increasing student base and demand for better educational programs, institutions are looking for ways to improve their operational efficiency and academic performance.

Kasbah Systems Software specializes in IT services, tech consulting and product development. To offer more agility and speed, Kasbah System Software relies on the IBM SoftLayer cloud to host Genius UMS, as the administration and management solution requires a significant level of computing resources and scale to analyze massive amounts of data created in the institutions.

"The Indian educational system is undergoing transformation and is at the forefront of adopting new technologies to impart better education," said S. Rajiv, executive director of Kasbah Systems Software, in a statement. "As a developer of innovative solutions for the educational industry, we needed higher-value cloud capabilities to further enhance our offering that were reliable and enabled us to scale in a secure environment. The IBM SoftLayer cloud helps us make Genius UMS more cost-effective and easy to implement and use."

Meanwhile, in Europe, IBM and Eurobank announced a new cloud-based digital platform for online international commercial trading. Using IBM's Digital Experience software, with advanced cloud capabilities and social offerings, Eurobank is uniting exporters and importers from around the globe to enhance international trade operations and increase transactions.

With more than 1,000 branches in seven countries, Eurobank is one of the largest banks in Greece. Looking to address growing customer demand for new online trading and transactions services, Eurobank turned to IBM to develop Exportgate, a cloud-based digital experience capable of strengthening online multi-lateral trade between Greek businesses and their international counterparts across 180 countries.

Exportgate offers a secure business-to-business Web portal with social capabilities and a number of e-services designed to facilitate trade transactions with new partners. With the system, international buyers can easily access profiles of Greek sellers, contact them through the direct message feature, view virtual presentations, and participate in forums where they can exchange ideas, research and more.

For example, IBM said, a local company offering a range of Greek wines and olive oils was looking to expand operations globally. Using Exportgate, it uncovered partnership opportunities with importers in China, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, all with experience and knowledge of working in the high-quality food and beverages industry. As a result, they were able to expand their business while ensuring that buyers received the same superior quality of products as if they were purchased locally.



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