World's largest cable maker to use IBM cloud

April 10, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Prysmian in Milan will use a hybrid cloud with IBM to link 106 plants around the world making energy and telecoms cables.
Prysmian in Milan will use a hybrid cloud with IBM to link 106 plants around the world making energy and telecoms cables.

Prysmian, the world's largest cable maker, has selected IBM Services to help integrate and manage its global technology infrastructure.

The three-year deal follows the purchase of General Cable in the US in 2018 to better integrate its presence in 50 countries around the world. Managed by IBM Services, Prysmian will integrate its IT infrastructure with IBM Cloud using a hybrid strategy that mixes local servers with the cloud capability. This will use the IBM Services data centre and the IBM Cloud data centre in Milan, close to the Prysmian headquarters.

In particular the SAP factory automation workloads will move to the IBM Cloud to make use of the AI and IoT capabilities. IBM Services will also manage the integration of the existing legacy IT infrastructures and move Prysmian Group's SAP S/4HANA, the company's ERP platform, onto SAP certified physical and virtual appliances. It has sales of over €11bn, about 29,000 employees in over 50 countries and 106 plants to integrate.

"The important acquisition of General Cable required focus on the integration of processes and the digitalization of products. This represents our differentiation from our competitors", says Stefano Brandinali, CIO and Chief Digital Officer of the Milan-based group. "To tackle this challenging task we have chosen IBM as our global technology provider to help drive ongoing transformation within the organization. IBM brings its industry experience to support the development of a modern IT infrastructure based on IBM Cloud.

"IBM is pleased to help facilitate the next step forward in support of Prysmian's business, which has always been committed to providing its customers with products and services with a high level of innovation", states Stefano Rebattoni, Vice President Enterprise Sales of IBM Italy. "The adoption of IBM Cloud will help support a solid digital transformation path towards continuous improvement of service quality and operational efficiency".

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