At ABN AMRO, IBM Global Business Services are managing the IT infrastructure that supports the Bank's operations globally. Part of this agreement includes the implementation of a private IBM Bluemix Cloud alongside further standardisation and simplification of the IT landscape.
Through continued optimisation and transformation to cloud infrastructure, the Bank aims to improve service quality, drive greater operational efficiencies and provide new and innovative products that meet the changing digital needs of its global customer base.
IBM faced a huge challenge when confronted with the goal of migrating 1,100 ABN Amro applications to the IBM Bluemix Cloud.
The migrations had to be delivered in waves, with minimal disruption to the Business and absolutely no unplanned service outages. IBM knew that traditional methods of runbook construction and execution wouldn't cut it in this context.
Based on previous success with other Clients, IBM turned to ICEFLO as their chosen cutover solution.
A Cloud migration on this scale had rarely been attempted at the start of this programme. The challenges faced included the following:
IBM Global Business Services and ABN AMRO decided to partner with Agenor Technology and use their ICEFLO platform, based on its track record at other global banks. Key leaders on the IBM team had previously experienced ICEFLO in a similar context.
ICEFLO was trusted to replace "managed chaos" with a sense of calm orderly progression on large-scale complex cutover activities.
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