Digital transformation is not just the preserve of private industry. There’s a strong trend for government organizations worldwide to invest in a wide variety of technologies, enabling the public sector to more effectively harness innovation and to deliver services more effectively.
But while transformative projects involving emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and cloud-based technologies often make the headlines, actually many organizations – both public and private sector – continue to deploy new mainframes, simply because they deliver the greatest value.
One major government office that recently invested in a Fujitsu BS2000 mainframe is the Rhineland-Palatinate State Tax office in Koblenz, Germany. Its 7,000 employees are responsible for managing the state’s 24 agencies – a task which gets more complex every year, since they have to cope with not only new tax requirements but also new responsibilities.
As a result, IT resource requirements are increasing by approximately 15 percent a year. The IT infrastructure was further stretched recently when the state agreed to share resources with neighboring Saarland.
What might seem like a daunting transition to expand to manage increased demand was in fact implemented seamlessly. As an existing Fujitsu mainframe customer, the tax office made an effortless transition from its existing BS2000 S175 system to a larger BS2000 SE700 mainframe server.
Furthermore, since the equipment is delivered as a managed service, there is no need for the State Tax Office of Rhineland-Palatinate to make a large upfront investment. Instead, the office makes regular ongoing payments, based on actual usage.
In addition to accommodating both current and anticipated future demand, the transition also brought significant efficiency benefits, since the BS2000 SE700 uses less energy and generates less excess heat than its predecessor. It is also around 20 percent faster in operation.
These benefits also translate into lower overheads and enhanced service for the office’s customers – the region’s taxpayers.
This isn’t just a story that Fujitsu delivered a new mainframe to a tax office. It’s about a long-lasting partnership to keep the systems running long into the future, and a plan to avoid any further skills shortages – something that has already caused headaches for the tax office.
We are continuing to invest in the Fujitsu Academy, which extends mainframe knowledge and training to a new generation of engineers, teaching them to be expert system administrators able to keep mainframes running for many years to come.
Although the story may not be as headline-catching as cutting-edge deployments based on emerging technologies, mainframes are unrivalled in terms of handling large quantities of data without fuss, and for their compelling economic arguments in supporting numerous users while also ensuring permanent availability.
These are factors which make it a logical solution for many government organizations such as the Rhineland-Palatinate Tax Office in Koblenz – particularly when purchased as a managed model. The office can easily accommodate new requirements for years to come and is assured that it can keep taxpayers’ information in an extremely secure way. For a government office, delivering this with significant ongoing cost savings is definitely a bonus.
As we highlighted recently, mainframes are the foundation for the future of IT. The Rhineland-Palatinate State is a good example of forward-thinking represented by an investment in technology infrastructure to support ongoing activities, regardless of what new demands the future brings.
That’s something that Fujitsu BS2000 mainframes do, every day – can your bleeding edge new technology solution promise the same?