Columbia Sportswear Transforms Business Operations with Cloud Management Platform
Columbia Sportswear is an innovative leader in the apparel and footwear space, providing products for outdoor, active lifestyles in over 100 countries around the world, through E-Com, direct-to-consumer and wholesale channels. Founded in 1937, a lot of who Columbia is comes directly from its matron Gert Boyle, reminding employees to try new things, to do things just a little bit better than before, and to represent Columbia as the global brand that it knows it can be.
Columbia’s technology solutions are on the bleeding edge to stay ahead of where the business is going—not react to it. Its global business transformation leveraging VMware’s Cloud Management Platform is successfully influencing the way Columbia does business.
“All of what we've been doing around global business transformation is getting ready for us to grow. Whether it's organic growth, adding a brand, or reaching out into new consumer markets, all are pushing what we do with technology, how we reach people, how we connect with them and how we respond to their needs.”
“We feel that the software defined data center and the next steps are going to be critical to long-term success, and cause improvements in our business on a constant basis and yet challenge our people to feel good about what they're delivering every day.”
VMware Automation and DevOps Solutions at Columbia Sportswear
Founded in 1937, Columbia Sportswear is a family-owned business with thousands of employees and operations spread around the globe. With the mission to design and deliver authentic, outdoor, high-value products for active consumers of all ages, the company makes high-quality sportswear that keeps customers comfortable and protected, wherever their excursions take them.
VMware has given Columbia Sportswear the wonderful capability to reduce silos and to blur the lines between application developers and operations. The biggest challenge it faces in the retail space today is the ability to operate at the speed of business and remain nimble and agile for growth.
“As we go forward, we are really looking for application developers to think more like operations and our operations to think more like application developers. vRealize Automation has given us that capability to have those groups as well as security and other interested parties sit side by side to collaborate and to figure out what capabilities need to be brought online. And as those capabilities have been created in templates and blueprints, they can be re-used and actually handed off to those teams to for self-provisioning and management.”
Hybrid Cloud at Columbia Sportswear
At Columbia Sportswear, you will find that one size doesn’t fit all in terms of their infrastructure. In some places where intellectual property or other concerns are really important, they will use their private cloud while for less sensitive or more commoditized, they may look at a hybrid or a public cloud offering. It’s all about matching the workflows with the right delivery and hosting mechanism for their business. VMware is really now leading not only inside your data center but helping Columbia leverage things outside where they can have cloud and scale things in and outside of their walls leveraging the tools that VMware has and that they can consistently do things whether it's in their private cloud or in a public cloud or a hybrid.
“In managing Cloud assets today, it is not really about whether they are on public or whether they are in a private Cloud or whether they’re in a hybrid Cloud, it’s about understanding and having the confidence that you can manage those assets wherever they are.”
Virtual IT Platform foundation for faster growth at Audionova
VMware vSOM enables Audionova to make optimum use of its virtual platform and quickly adapt to new requirements. The company also uses VMware Horizon Mirage to roll out upgrades and new software to its 1,300 shops across Europe. Audionova now has a full understanding of its virtual environment and can therefore respond quickly to new developments. In addition to providing extra effciency, this approach also yields significant savings on hardware and management costs. Despite this central IT approach, the company is able to roll out software and updates for all of its shops in Europe in one go. This means that everyone within the organization is working with the latest version and that customers can rest assured the hearing tests are reliable and that their hearing aids are always optimally configured.
VMware vCloud Air is the first service Bluefin Solutions has come across that enables almost instantaneous transfers between two cloud environments. It will enable the consultancy to create a full hybrid model based on a technology they know and trust.
Here, Sören Sandell, CIO at Vasakronan and Marcus Lindstedt, CEO of Excanto talk about Vasakronan’s journey of moving from a traditional office environment to an activity based offices and how Excanto helped in delivering their vision. In their new environment the individual is in the center, and through smart IT solutions that build on VMware vSphere and VMware View provides its employees the freedom to work whenever they want, wherever they want and on whichever device they choose, in a simple, accessible and secure IT environment.
BT Global Services
Hear Phil Richards, CTO for BT Global Services talk about their need to focus on new technology capabilities to support their customers. BT has worked closely with VMware's Advisory Services and Professional Services Team with moving away from a legacy infrastructure to a new environment. They have not only created and modified their own internal estate, but now want to have the ability to provide their customers with a ‘software as a service’ model.
“We have moved to a modern infrastructure using VCE and BT. Next step is working out how our customers can recognise return on investment and benchmark it. We can already see the curve in a graph that basically shows return on their investment with faster to market.”
Based in Beirut, Bank Audi is the leading commercial bank in Lebanon and one of the fastest growing banks in the region. With a sizable presence in Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, France, and Switzerland, Bank Audi offers a full range of products and services that cover commercial and corporate banking, retail and individual banking, on-line brokerage, private banking, and investment banking. Danny Dagher, CIO of Bank Audi talks about the IT challenges the bank faced prior to its IT transformation project. They wanted to be able to treat IT as a business, to enable the bank to grow, but to support continued growth and a diversifying mix of customers and banking services required greater agility. Their IT transformation happened in 2 phases, phase one was infrastructure transformation via virtualization and cloud automation and phase two was expansion of their virtualization and additional automated cloud operations capabilities. IT is now able to serve as a true service broker for business initiatives and has become a revenue generating entity.
“Our service delivery model now incorporates the key strategic elements from VMware. We can run our own business more efficiently, so we can help our constituents run their businesses more efficiently, with transparency over their costs and revenues. They can now accelerate their business initiatives, from launching new products to improving productivity.”
The Oberoi Group
The luxury hotel and tourism operator needed to improve returns on its technology assets. Implementing VMware Horizon View with VMware vSphere has reduced operating costs and enabled centralized control and maintenance of desktops and servers, while enabling employees to continue providing high-quality services to guests and corporate clients
"VMware Horizon View and VMware vSphere have improved our TCO by significantly extending the life span of client terminals in our hotels, and mimimizing the carbon footprint of our datacenter and end-user computing environment"
Discover how Planview uses vCloud Air Disaster Recovery to provide disaster recovery services to their customers without building, managing, and supporting their own virtual infrastructure in another location.
“With vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, it does not require us to spend capital to build a virtual infrastructure somewhere else. We’ll be able to offer our customers significantly better RPO and RTO without any additional costs.”
As a global supplier of server and storage interconnects, Mellanox continuously has a need for real-time responsiveness to its customers. This high-level customer service and ongoing innovation led Mellanox to tremendous growth, and the company’s IT staff¬ encountered a crossroad on how to best manage and recover the laptops of its increasingly remote staff¬. The business decided to implement the VMware Horizon Mirage system. VMware Horizon Mirage provided Mellanox Technologies with a Comprehensive, Centralized Management and Recovery Solution.
“Using VMware’s Horizon Mirage technology has revolutionised the way our IT department operates. We’re able to have a team of just three manage the laptops of over 1000 employees so it’s amazingly cost effective. We get fantastic feedback from everyone from end users to our efficient IT staff.”
Jinan Municipal Public Security Bureau
Over the next few years, cloud computing will be crucial in attempts by Chinese local government to improve efficiency by leveraging mobile working. To deliver a simple, easy-to-use desktop experience for BYOD users in its workforce, the Jinan Municipal Public Security Bureau (JMPSB – the body responsible for local police forces throughout the Jinan metropolitan area), embarked on an ambitious desktop visualization project based on a VMware vSphere cloud platform for all 20,000 officers.
"Following the opening of our cloudbased data centre, the launch of our VDI brings the benefits of the cloud to frontline operations. It supports the various operational environments used by the different local forces under the bureau’s control, and is one of the largest and most advanced integrated multi-force cloud platforms in China."
HDFC Bank Limited
HDFC Bank needed to launch hundreds of branches quickly to provide banking services to 40 million new customers from rural and regional India. The financial services company developed a ‘Branch in a VM’ concept to meet this objective and, between 2008 and 2012, opened more than 1,700 branches. The bank can now provision a new branch in less than 10 days.
"In the past it could take up to a couple of months to setup a new branch. With VMware virtualization, we can do this in under 10 days."
Mecklenburg County chose Horizon View, over Citrix and Microsoft, to securely mobilize and empower nearly 6,000 county employees. This video takes a deeper look into Mecklenburg County's field workers, including Parks and Recreation and Youth and Family Services, who leverage mobile devices to access their virtual desktops while traveling throughout the county. Now they can securely access and input information on the go, to better protect and serve the community.
"Social workers have told us that getting immediate access to their applications and replacing their bulky paper case files with a small tablet has improved their safety. Without all of that paperwork, their risk of being targeting is lower. They enjoy coming to work more now. They say their travel time has been greatly reduced while their productivity and safety has been significantly increased."
Hoka Hoka Bento
Hoka Hoka Bento operates Japanese fast-food restaurants across Java and Bali in Indonesia. The company needed to establish a dynamic, highly available infrastructure to support its planned consolidation of critical business systems. By implementing VMware virtualization, Hoka Hoka Bento established a sound platform to deploy a Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning system in 2014.
"With our systems running in a reliable virtual infrastructure, we can continue to improve our performance and reputation, and look at ways of increasing turnover."
The Mecklenburg County technical services team chose to deploy VMware Horizon View—over Citrix and Microsoft solutions—to securely mobilize and empower nearly 6,000 county employees. As part of the North Carolina county’s “One Person, One Device” initiative, executives, Youth and Family Services social workers, Park and Recreation employees, and Food Service inspectors use tablets and virtual desktops to securely access and input information on the go. Now more productive employees better reach and serve constituents while saving the county an average of $3.2 million per year.
"The benefits of using VMware Horizon View are in hardware cost and time savings. It equals out to be about $3.2 million savings per year for the organization. That's money that we can put back into services for the citizens of Mecklenburg County."
Fuji Keizai Co, Ltd.
To improve the security of sensitive data on its servers, Japanese market research company Fuji Keizai implemented a thin-client environment back in 2008. However, there were considerable issues around managing the thin clients and further problems supporting mobile devices. After exploring all options, the company switched to a VMware Horizon View client environment with support for multiple device types.
"VMware Horizon View is optimised for use in virtual desktop environments, and it also meets our needs by providing integrated management tools and full support for mobile devices."
ABN AMRO N.V. Singapore
ABN AMRO business leaders talk about how they started their virtualisation journey with consolidation and DR, which led then to the current vCloud Suite implantation and the conclusion that any application can be virtualized. In partnership with Professional Services, provisioning time is reduced, DR recovery time slashed, and significant CAPEX savings have been made.
“We as a bank are now convinced that our strategy of moving to a virtual data centre is actually enabling our business to be more efficient and more profitable, and will enable our business to grow at a faster pace because we can [quickly] deliver solutions to market.”
ABN AMRO N.V. Singapore
ABN AMRO's CTO, Dirk Sibiet, and the CCO of Private Banking, Hans-Peter Borgh, discuss how virtualising the end-user environment boosts security & compliance, significantly reduces costs, and opens up new opportunities for Relationship Managers to visit ABN AMRO Private Bank customers anywhere, anytime.
"Because at ABN AMRO Private Banking we have a lot of relationship managers who are private bankers and who meet their clients outside the offices. We will now be using virtual desktops to make our client conversations so much more relevant, by allowing our bankers, when they are on the road, to access the information they need and the tools they need to help our clients understand their [own] financial situation and financial opportunities better."
Orange Business Services
Orange is a global telecommunications provider operating in 34 countries. They employ over 170,000 worldwide, including 104,000 employees in France. Orange Business Service is the B2B branch, serving integrated IT and telecoms solutions to over 4000 multinational customers. Their customers are looking for flexibility, agility, elasticity when it comes to their digital transformation. To develop their cloud offerings Orange Business Services chose VMware, to provide the key features for cloud, offering multi tenancy solutions and self-service solutions.
“If you want to deliver the ultimate promise of the cloud, of virtually unlimited capacity, you have to have a very smart capacity management tool or you will overspend. vCenter Operations is just that tool we need to be able to manage this very large estate without losing the visibility of individual behaviour of VMs that are critical to the business.”