May 19, 2020

Siemens committed to improving Africa through technology

African Business Review
Siemens
Siemens Africa
CEOof Siemens Africa
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Siemens committed to improving Africa through technology

The need for improved infrastructure in Africa has long been talked about. Africa is one of the world’s fast urbanising regions and It is projected that by 2050 there will be more than 1.2 billion African city dwellers. With more people moving to cities demand is increasing for efficient and sustainable infrastructure, such as energy, transportation and water, as well as healthcare.

Siemens though are one global company committed to its responsibility as a good corporate citizen and raising standards across the three sectors of industry, energy and healthcare. With a proud history of more than 150 years in the continent, Siemens’ comprehensive environmental portfolio includes a wide range of technologies and solutions for sustainable infrastructure development. These include:

  • Industrial automation solutions that increase factory productivity and rail transportation solutions that move people and goods efficiently, to water technologies that can provide clean drinking water for the approximately 300 million Africans who don’t have access to it.
  • Wind and solar energy technologies that produce clean energy to transmission and distribution technologies that can get electricity to the about 560 million Africans who don’t have access.
  • Medical imaging technologies that can detect diseases early to laboratory diagnostic systems that that help provide affordable healthcare to more than half of the African population who need it.

One of the primary drivers of economic growth on the continent are minerals and resources that the world needs, such as oil, natural gas and precious metals.Africa also holds about 10 percent of the world's proven oil reserves, while South Africa has the world‘s largest deposits of platinum and is the second biggest gold exporter.

CEO of Siemens Africa, Sigmar Proebstl, said, “The technology is available to extract these resources safely and efficiently.

“Siemens technologies can help improve the efficiency, productivity and flexibility of these industries, so vital to Africa’s further development.

“Africa‘s diversity matches our own commitment to being a company as diverse as the world in which we operate in order to tap the creative potential of this diversity for maximum advantage.”

Siemens takes its responsibilities toward African society seriously, engaging in extensive education and community aid initiatives.

As Proebstl explained, “In Mvezo, a remote village in South Africa together with the Mvezo Development Trust we are building a high-school that will provide much needed education to about 700 children.

“The school will be a showcase in sustainable technologies. It will be powered by off grid solar energy, include energy efficient lighting and clean water will be purified with the water filtration systems. One of those children could grow up to follow in the footsteps of the inspirational Nelson Mandela, who was born there.”

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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