US Army taps IBM hybrid cloud for logistics system analytics

IBM's hybrid cloud service provides new analytic capabilities and reduces costs by 50 percent

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The US Army is using IBM’s hybrid cloud service to power one of the government's largest logistics systems, reducing costs and improving the efficiency through access to more powerful data analytics.

The Army’s Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) system provides support to Army operations globally, processing 40 million unique data transactions each day - more than the New York Stock Exchange, it claims. This data is collected in the Army’s Logistics Information Warehouse (LIW), providing information crucial to equipping more than 65,000 military and support personnel around the world.

Since deploying the hybrid cloud in 2014 the Army claims to have achieved cost savings of around 50 percent. Meanwhile, connecting existing IT systems to off-premise infrastructure has allowed the Army to add new cloud-based analytics services such as condition-based maintenance and data mining. This has improved the effectiveness of its logistical operations, helping manage the movement of equipment with more up to date and accurate information.

“The Army not only recognised a trend in IT that could transform how they deliver services to their logistics personnel around the world, they also implemented a cloud environment quickly and are already experiencing significant benefits,” said Anne Altman, general manager for US Federal at IBM.

“They’re taking advantage of the inherent benefits of hybrid cloud: security and the ability to connect it with an existing IT system. It also gives the Army the flexibility to incorporate new analytics services and mobile capabilities.”

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