Dimension Data has been chosen to consolidate IT for China Shipping (Group) Company, a large shipping conglomerate in China.
Dimension Data will consolidate the group's IT infrastructure onto a centralised platform, where each subsidiary backs up all its IT requirements to a single central data centre.
This strategic move will enable the group to consolidate all IT purchases, including hardware, software and applications, into one location. China Shipping will also be able to achieve better equipment utilisation through virtualisation with this consolidation.
Also, this consolidation will allow the group to develop a strategic IT framework that can be used for deploying future business-critical applications as required.
"Dimension Data has provided a very sound and practical solution that had helped us overcome our complex integration and consolidation challenges. Their global presence, strong technical expertise, depth of experience in our industry, and the ability to understand our business and operational needs has enabled our IT overhaul to complete on time and within budget," said Xu Wei, IT operation department manager, China Shipping (Group) Company.
Optimum use of resources
China Shipping chose Dimension Data as it wanted to make optimum use of available resources in order to remain competitive and grow its business.
Consolidation of the IT systems across 18 subsidiary business units into one central IT data centre will deliver cost savings, improve efficiency, drive collaboration, and deliver consistent quality service throughout the group.
"We saw the need to have better visibility over our subsidiary businesses if we are to continue to meet our stated goal of becoming a global force in the international shipping business," said Wei. "To achieve better economies of scale and bring us to international levels of IT governance and compliance, we realised that centralising our IT was the right course to take."
Dimension Data notes that the new IT architecture will leverage a Microsoft platform encompassing Windows Server and SQL Server. While VMware technology will be the virtualisation platform to consolidate the server resources, a unified communication infrastructure will facilitate collaboration routed through a SharePoint portal.
Other responsibilities of Dimension Data include providing consulting services, integration of the entire infrastructure, as well as a single point of accountability throughout the design and implementation phase of the project.
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