Global industrial giant uses Syncplicity for what both companies claim is the biggest digitisation project in history
Siemens has implemented a business process automation solution that covers 330,000 of its employees worldwide. The business process automation technology was provided by Syncplicity, which claims this is the biggest implementation of its type to date.
Syncplicity says the successful global completion of he project, known as SmartStorage, encompasses well over 150 countries around the globe and three petabytes of data in four global data centers.
Specifically, the project involved a hybrid enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) implementation, and the two companies claim this one “is the largest of its kind to date and is a landmark achievement in the industry”.
Syncplicity enables Siemens’ SmartStorage initiative by providing a solution to manage enterprise-wide digital content, including users’ home and group share files and directories.
The implementation is designed to enable “frictionless” mobile file access anytime and anywhere and scales to Siemens employees worldwide, while meeting the most stringent security, governance and IT administration requirements.
Siemens is also using EMC’s Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) software-defined, object-based cloud platform installed in four global data centers around the world to deploy this initiative.
“SmartStorage is one of our largest digitalization initiatives within Siemens, delivering critical capabilities to our employees and enabling us to work toward broader company goals,” says Georg Pilartz, head of IT infrastructure services for Siemens.
“User experience, security, storage choice flexibility and large-scale deployment were critical requirements for this project. Syncplicity was the company that best fulfilled these requirements.
“We are able to give our employees the EFSS solution they need while at the same time realizing significant cost savings by modernizing the underlying IT infrastructure.”
Jon Huberman, CEO of Syncplicity, says: “Syncplicity has become the industry leader in hybrid file sync and share by focusing on the demanding and unique needs of large enterprise customers like Siemens, for whom a secure, flexible hybrid solution is absolutely vital to their business success.
“We are tremendously proud that Siemens has chosen to deploy our technology on this enormous scale, knowing it will enable the company and its people to be even more successful.
“Furthermore, it absolutely validates the ability of Syncplicity technology to manage the largest global deployments, so our customers can complete the digital transformation of their business years ahead of their competition.”
Manuvir Das, senior vice president of EMC’s advanced software and emerging technology divisions, says: “An EFSS deployment of this magnitude requires massive scale and enterprise-grade reliability from its supporting technologies – and with EMC’s ECS object-based cloud storage platform, Siemens is perfectly equipped to handle the large amounts of data generated by its workforce with Syncplicity.”
Digital transformation requires much more than simply adding a cloud-based file storage system to the IT inventory. In a true digital transformation, the enterprise replaces all its legacy storage systems with a flexible storage environment offering multiple security protocols combined with a feature-rich EFSS solution.
Syncplicity says it provides enterprise file sync and share technology that makes digital transformation possible today. Meaning, it helps business digitize their business processes, making a lot of this paperless, and automating large numbers of repetitive tasks, which become unnecessary when the solution is implemented.
Syncplicity says its hybrid solution is extensible via any combination of public cloud, private cloud and on-premise data centers, making it highly flexible and economical.
Syncplicity says it replaces legacy backup systems and maintains instant file synchronization across devices. For users, the result of a true digital transformation is to have seamless desktop and mobile access to all the files they need when and where they are needed, supporting a modern, borderless workforce.
“Large global organizations face a tough digital transformation challenge: providing users with easy-to-use mobile applications while maintaining regulatory compliance in the many geographies where they have offices,” said Terri McClure, senior analyst at ESG.
“Thanks to the evolving regulatory landscape and the fuzzy jurisdictional issues associated with using the cloud, it’s more important than ever that these organizations have a choice in where corporate data is stored to ensure it is both compliant and secure. And for a company the size of Siemens, it is imperative to ensure the vendor can scale globally to meet these needs.”