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Avnet's Transformation: Accelerating Customer Insights with Cloud-Based Data Analytics

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Technology Category
  • Analytics & Modeling - Big Data Analytics
  • Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Database Management & Storage
Applicable Industries
  • Cement
  • Construction & Infrastructure
Applicable Functions
  • Maintenance
  • Warehouse & Inventory Management
Use Cases
  • Construction Management
  • Infrastructure Inspection
Services
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
The Challenge
Avnet, a global technology solutions provider, was facing a challenge in delivering rapid and reliable data analysis and reporting to its clients. The company's managed services clients relied on Avnet and its partners to convert their enterprise data into actionable intelligence. However, the existing hosted environment used for data warehousing and business intelligence applications was not meeting the desired performance levels. Avnet had experienced issues with their previous cloud provider, which led them to re-evaluate their hosting arrangement. The company realized that they could provide their customers with better performance and more flexibility at a more attractive price by making some changes.
About The Customer
Avnet, Inc. is a global technology solutions company that accelerates the success of customers who build, sell, and use technology by providing them with a comprehensive portfolio of innovative products, services, and solutions. The company helps its customers to unlock the potential of their enterprise data, delivering rapid, reliable data analysis and reporting that keeps them ahead of the game. Avnet's services are crucial for organizations seeking to gain a competitive advantage in today's data-driven world. The faster companies can analyze and act on their data, the better chance they have of spotting new trends and seizing opportunities ahead of the competition.
The Solution
To address the challenge, Avnet selected IBM dashDB, a fully managed, cloud-based data warehousing and analytics service. This service combines high-performance in-memory technology with in-database analytics processing, all running on the enterprise-class SoftLayer cloud infrastructure. With its massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture, dashDB makes it easy to increase storage and performance as needed. The dashDB MPP cluster architecture allows multiple servers to work on the same query simultaneously, with processing at each server parallelized across all the CPUs, dramatically accelerating the querying process. As IBM manages the setup, configuration, tuning, and disaster recovery operations for the dashDB service, Avnet and its partners can focus on delivering higher quality solutions to their customers.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of IBM dashDB has resulted in significant operational benefits for Avnet. The company can now deliver solutions to its customers without the capital and operational cost of acquiring and managing the infrastructure needed to support it. Having IBM engineers monitoring their systems around the clock helps to maximize uptime and performance, and allows Avnet to focus on serving up insight to customers faster. The company uses the IBM technology to underpin a number of service offerings, including its VenueEdge analytics solutions, which help cultural and leisure attractions to fine-tune operational performance and marketing efforts. With IBM dashDB delivering insight in seconds, Avnet can empower customers with the ultra-fast, precise insight they need to drive smarter decision-making and run better businesses.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Saves significant time and expense with an efficient cloud environment
  • Delivers a near 100-times boost to analytics queries, providing clients with super-fast insight
  • Removes the hassle of database management, freeing Avnet to focus on higher-value work

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