For Adel Al-Saleh, Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom and T-Systems CEO, the new cooperation confirms “our claim to be a long-term partner for Volkswagen and to support the declared Cloud First strategy of the world’s largest car manufacturer.”
For Eduardo Nava, CIO in Volkswagen de Mexico, “the consolidation of the IT and network infrastructure of Volkswagen plants on the American continent is a big step towards the commonization of processes and infrastructure, and a prerequisite for further integration in the Cloud.”
With its Cloud First Strategy, Volkswagen is pursuing a hybrid multi-vendor cloud approach – a combination of private and public clouds that the company procures from T-Systems among others. The long-term goal is to reduce the corporation’s global IT service and operating costs by up to 60 percent. Keeping in mind economies of scale and possible automation, the focus will be on one-off expenses in IT projects and the development of infrastructures.
A familiar problem for large corporations worldwide is the number of applications they use is often well into the four-digit range. The issue is that most of them are not cloud-ready. However, the applications that have grown over the years contain enormous development know-how. “This raises the question,” says Román Peláez, Volkswagen Account Executive at T-Systems in Mexico, “how do we bring these applications into a completely new architecture in order to make the best possible use of the advantages of cloud computing?”
The heterogeneous, historically grown IT landscapes often contain a wide range of legacy applications, in-house developments, and applications from various providers. “But quite a few of them,” says Román Peláez, “can be the linchpin of an IT and process landscape.”
With its Cloud Integration Center (CIC), T-Systems offers companies a solution that enables them to integrate their own developments into their service catalog via a joint project and a standard marketing process. What's more, all of this is on the basis of a uniform platform – both for self-managed and managed services – for operation as infrastructure, platform, or software-as-a-service (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS). Companies can use three cloud usage variants in the CIC; they obtain applications from the cloud as required, migrate their own applications to T-Systems’ highly secure private cloud, and develop their own cloud offerings that they can also make available to other companies and their customers. And after a quality and security check by T-Systems, even newly developed applications can be released in the Cloud Integration Center.
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