Lafarge embarked on a massive IT consolidation project that included eliminating their HP and 3PAR storage solutions, standardizing on EMC technologies and rolling out a fully virtualized J.D. Edwards ERP infrastructure. As a result, the company saved hundreds of thousands of dollars over 42 months and fast-tracked the development of new products and IT services. While others in the industry were struggling, Lafarge was able to avoid cutting jobs, increasing their competitiveness because of their IT savings.
When we asked Brent Wolfram, Director of Technology and Security Architecture for Lafarge Americas, how they did this, he answered with two words—“IT transformation.” Instead of maintaining many physical data centers across the Americas, Lafarge implemented a private cloud solution atop a data center metro cluster, virtualizing everything possible and consolidated them onto EMC VMAX 20K enterprise storage with Fast VP, EMC VNX unified storage and VCE Vblock converged infrastructure.[…]
In addition, Lafarge is creating an online catalog of IT services for their business units across the globe, saving time for business units and IT staff while supporting innovation and business agility. Brent noted, “We’ve become much more agile when responding to business requests. By pushing the envelope with virtualization and IT-as-a-Service, we’re able to adjust to the changing demands of the business. With the industry recovering, we’re in a fantastic position to continue reducing our costs while helping the business grow and innovate.”