Vienna, August 9, 2012 – Kapsch BusinessCom has implemented a network outsourcing solution for Magna Steyr, the world’s leading development and production partner for car manufacturers. The LAN (Local Area Network), a service provided by Kapsch, connects each terminal at every company site to the IT infrastructure. It’s as easy as plugging in a plug. The increased flexibility and efficiency already helped Magna Steyr to reduce ongoing costs.
"Magna Steyr and Magna Powertrain have been Kapsch network customers since back in 2005. Following the new, exclusive agreement, Kapsch now provides all LAN services and all international locations can be connected. The network infrastructure will be state-of-the-art for at least the next five years as a result of installation of the latest components. Magna will additionally benefit from our leading position as a Cisco Gold partner," explains Jochen Borenich, MBA, COO at Kapsch BusinessCom. A total of 11,600 LAN ports using Cisco components have been implemented in the network infrastructure to achieve efficient provision. Cisco Nexus-components were used to connect the Data Center. Kapsch’s scalable and flexible services now ensure regional coverage in Austria and international coverage at selected locations for a plug and play network.
"Service continuity and know-how are essential for our IT service. We were persuaded that Kapsch was the right partner for us because of its strong, local presence and its expert, highly qualified, certified network engineers," explains Christian Mezler-Andelberg, CIO at Magna Steyr. "The Cisco IT infrastructure from Kapsch now puts us in a position to operate an efficient, high-availability service, out of Graz-Thondorf, for both the headquarters in Steyr, as well as international sales offices. As a result we have been able to cut costs after just two months' implementation." Kapsch started planning in December 2011 and assumed operational management of the existing infrastructure as early as February 2012 and also started developing and commissioning new components. Ongoing actual costs are optimised through need-orientated billing of services and a special Kapsch financing option. If necessary a network port which meets the desired requirements can be provided in short order. This port will be billed for precisely as long as it is used, which means Magna Steyr has upward and downward flexibility within a defined corridor.
Kapsch takes care of day-to-day service: service cloud-computing style
The key challenge where this project is concerned is achievement of day-to-day operations in accordance with the Service Level Agreements (SLA) and simultaneous implementation of move-add changes. Kapsch is able to fulfil these remits to the customer’s complete satisfaction with on-site technical experts at the Graz site and the spare parts warehouse which is available. "In this way Magna no longer has to worry about hardware investments, as these ports can simply be called off as a service, as if it were a cloud specifically for Magna's use. Charging is based on the number of ports used globally," explains Jochen Borenich.
As a leading domestic ICT service partner, for years Kapsch BusinessCom has been planning and installing successful outsourcing and cloud solutions for renowned companies such as ELIN, Gas Connect Austria and Mediaprint. These successful projects underline Kapsch’s expertise in comprehensive local and international infrastructures with particularly stringent security requirements.
Kapsch BusinessCom – a company of the Kapsch Group – is a leading ICT service partner in Austria, Central and Eastern Europe with over 1,200 employees and annual sales exceeding 230 million euros. Embedded in the Kapsch Group, Kapsch BusinessCom is active worldwide with its own offices in Austria and subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Poland. Kapsch has positioned itself as an ICT service partner offering a complete solution portfolio covering the areas of information technology as well as telecommunications. In addition to system integration and continuous optimization measures, Kapsch BusinessCom is increasingly taking on responsibility for the entire area of operations. Kapsch BusinessCom relies on manufacturer independence and partnerships with globally leading technology providers, such as Apple, Aastra, Avaya, Cisco, Google, Hitachi, HP and Microsoft. In concert with these partners Kapsch offers its services as a consultant, system supplier and service provider, but above all as a reliable, dependable, long-term trusted advisor in a rapidly changing technological environment. Kapsch BusinessCom always generates clear added value for its over 17,000 customers.
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