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Modernization: Harmont & Blaine chooses IBM’s cloud

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Harmont & Blaine moves from managed services to IBM Cloud to modernize systems to meet growing market demand

“Be sure that you have the ability to manage the growth in demand, in all reliability, security and with the flexibility necessary to manage this particular market situation”: this is the main reason – explains COO Daniele Ondeggia – for which the Italian brand Harmont & Blaine has decided to migrate its IT to the cloud. And in particular towards the IBM cloud. The agreement between Harmont & Blaine and IBM provides for the modernization of the entire IT infrastructure of the Italian company.

With an eye also to the internationalization of the brand. Which, in the intentions, must be supported by a greater technological capacity to manage fluctuations in market demand. The starting point of the Italian company is a traditional scenario of MANAGED IT services, always by IBM. The point of arrival is the cloudification of key sap-based processes, such as primarily supply chain,retail management, business intelligence. IBM and partner BlueIT,which has been working on modernization for some time, have defined a harmont & Blaine IT migration path that includes a hybrid cloud architecture.

In the IBM Cloud data center in Milan, a private infrastructurewill be created, with dedicated resources and with a certified SAP environment. Migrations from the old environment to the new one will be carried out directly by ibm Cloud functions without, according to IBM, any interruption to the operation of the systems.

In full cloud logic, the new environment is designed to be able to scale dynamically according to the workload needed. With specific business continuity and disaster recovery functions. All this also taking into account the need that the Italian brand has to be compliant with national and international regulations on data retention. An aspect that according to IBM has favored the choice of IBM Cloud. In addition, Harmont & Blaine must also control and serve, from its headquarters in Naples, a distribution network that includes 99 single-brand stores and the presence in over five hundred dedicated points of sale in shopping centers or multi-brand stores in 34 countries around the world.