IT & Network Infrastructure : IBM Mainframes, Software Boost IT in Emerging Markets
IBM in Africa
IBMs involvement in Africa began more than 60 years ago with the opening of its first African office in Dakar, Senegal, in 1947. Today, IBM has operations in more than 20 African countries including South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola and Mauritius.
Senegal's Ministry of Finance turned to IBM and CFAO Technologies, an IBM partner in West Africa, to modernize Senegal's import and export processes. The new system features two IBM z10 mainframes running z/OS and linked in a high-availability sysplex situated in a data center in Dakar. Software will include IBM WebSphere, DB2 and Tivoli System Automation, and will also feature IBM DS8000 Storage Servers with permanent replication.
IBM is helping businesses across multiple industries and governments transform the way they work. In September 2010, IBM announced that it was selected by Bharti Airtel Ltd. to manage the computing technology and services that power Bharti Airtels mobile communications network, which spans 16 African countries.
The National Microfinance Bank of Tanzania is using IBM Power systems to transform its core banking technology infrastructure, supporting the bank as it accelerates its business expansion across Tanzania. Also, the Tanzanian government has signed an agreement with IBM to promote the use of IT in the areas of education and research and development.
The First National Bank of Namibia is using IBM System z as the base for a new core-banking platform. In late 2009, the bank installed the nation's first mainframe. Previously, Namibia's largest bank relied on its parent company in neighboring South Africa for computing, but that caused problems such as outages and slowness. The bank bought its own machine to better serve its network of 50 branches and 200 ATMs.
Union Bank of Nigeria is using IBM's Cognos business-intelligence software to monitor and manage the corporate performance of its 400 branches across the country. Nigeria's Intercontinental Bank is using a number of products from IBM's Tivoli portfolio to better manage its IT systems and ensure optimum levels of performance, security and customer service across the banks 300 branches. FinBank of Nigeria is using Tivoli solutions to increase the manageability and efficiency of its IT systems, ensuring higher levels of availability and prevent service disruptions for critical applications across the its 200 branches.
Dollars and Datacenters
Over the past five years, IBM has invested more than $300 million in Africa for new or upgraded data centers, software development and educational facilities, and training. This has helped create hundreds of new jobs in multiple African countries.
IBM's Peace Corps
As part of its Corporate Citizenship Corps program (similar to the Peace Corps), IBM has since 2008 deployed teams of employees to Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa to work on projects in areas key to increasing local and national competitiveness.
In Johannesburg, IBM has built an Integrated Delivery Center, a Business Continuity and Recovery Services facility, and an Africa Innovation Center (also in Cape Town) to foster the development of IT and business skills, and to expand its customers and business partners in the region. IBM has also placed a Blue Gene/P Supercomputer at the Centre for High Performance Computing in Cape Town for research in such areas as bio informatics, climate change and mineral beneficiation.
Comepay, which offers self-service payment kiosks in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, in 2010 chose an IBM mainframe server to run its core business operations. Comepay operates 2,000 kiosks in 11 regions of Russia, enabling consumers to pay for a range of services, including the Internet, digital TV, mobile phones and utilities. The new mainframe supports Comepay's business-expansion strategy and will help it manage a predicted threefold increase in transactions from 10,000 to 30,000 per second.
Vietnam Joint Stock Bank for Industry and Trade, one of the largest banks in Vietnam, chose the IBM mainframe to support a banking business that grew more than 35 percent in 2009.
Dongbu Insurance, Korea's second-largest non-life insurer, purchased an IBM mainframe to support its enterprisewide business transformation and lay the foundations for future growth. In late 2009, Korea's largest credit card company, BC Card, chose an IBM mainframe for its payment system for 2.62 million merchants and 40 million cardholders.
In June 2009, the China Internet Network Information Centerwhich manages the Internet infrastructure in Chinasaid it would use a System z mainframe to support the countrys explosive Internet growth.
In April 2009, HDFC Bank, one of the largest private-sector banks in India, announced it would become the first commercial bank in India to adopt an IBM mainframe.