Mar 19, 2021

IBM accelerates hybrid cloud adoption in Latin America

Kate Birch
3 min
Following the openings of Cloud Multizone Regions in Toronto and Osaka last year, IBM opens one in Brazil to help foster growth in Latin America
Following the openings of Cloud Multizone Regions in Toronto and Osaka last year, IBM opens one in Brazil to help foster growth in Latin America...

IBM has announced the opening of its first IBM Cloud Multizone Region (MZR) in Latin America, located in Brazil. 

This latest opening, which follows MZR openings in Canada (Toronto) and Japan (Osaka) last year, marks IBM’s continued strategic expansion of its global cloud presence across major markets.

As companies embrace digital transformation, IBM continues to invest in "cloud infrastructure and hybrid cloud capabilities that will help businesses around the world modernise and drive sustainable growth and innovation”, says Harish Grama, General Manager, IBM Cloud.

Building on the company’s existing data center footprint in Brazil, this new MZR is “designed to deliver our clients high levels of security and reliability, so they can advance in their journey to cloud – all in a way that supports sustainability goals while thriving in a digital era advancing to the future”, adds Grama. 

So, how exactly does IBM Cloud do this?

IBM Cloud's network is characterised by low latency and high security, helping clients meet their stringent data sovereignty and compliance regulations, especially critical for clients in highly regulated industries such as financial services, government and telecommunications, among others. 

And by hosting workloads on IBM Cloud, clients can use IBM Cloud's confidential computing capabilities delivered with IBM Hyper Protect Crypto Services and backed by the highest level of security certification commercially available. This means organisations can retain control of their own encryption keys, so only they can control access to their data. 

But there’s more. IBM MZRs include a catalogue of PaaS services, to help clients implement architecture and mission-critical applications in hybrid cloud environments.

IBM Cloud MZRs are made up of three or more data center zones with each an Availability Zone, designed so that a single failure event can affect only a single data center rather than all zones. Clients hosting workloads on IBM Cloud MZRs in any country can continuously run mission-critical workloads to keep business up and running.

Brazilian companies utilising a hybrid cloud approach

IBM Cloud is already helping businesses across a variety of industries in Brazil to address their own fast-growing challenges.

Take Arezzo&Co, a Latin America leader in the footwear, bags and female accessories segment, who wanted a secure, faster shopping experience across sales channels for its 10 million customers. Adopting a hybrid cloud approach and migrating mission-critical applications to IBM Cloud, the company has brought its key workloads including sales processes and inventory control bang up to date, createing a more agile and flexible omnichannel strategy and giving customers a better experience.

Brazilian firm Digisystem has also migrated many of its own digital transformation solutions to IBM Cloud and has seen enhanced performance, more redundancy, and increased flexibility in its operational systems and in the size of the servers. Not to mention the cost reduction the company has witnessed. 

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.


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