RFID-Enabled Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Project Lead: Marcelo Pandini, Manager of RFID and Business Development, HP Printer Manufacturing, Brazil
Project Description: HP launched an RFID initiative at its Brazil manufacturing facilities to better manage its printers through the assembly, testing, and distribution processes. To code and update tags on printers, and to prevent operational errors, HP tapped OatSystems' tag@Source, Asset Tracking, and Work-in-Process RFID solutions, integrating these solutions with HP's existing ERP and PLC automation software. The system includes millions of items tagged and 100 RFID readers, and it has enabled HP to reduce inventory by 17 percent.
Infocrossing, a Wipro Company www.infocrossing.com
Project Lead: Dave Leonard, Chief Technology Officer
Project Description: Infocrossing standardized the operations of five datacenters, implementing a customized best-of-breed approach. The team integrated more than 20 individual tools into the company's proprietary management framework and has adopted a virtualized operations model, allowing workers at any of the geographically dispersed datacenters to service any machine.
Infosys Technologies www.infosys.com
IT Infrastructure Consolidation
Project Lead: Pritam Kumar Sinha, Senior Project Manager - IT
Project Description: Infosys undertook a comprehensive consolidation effort across its IT infrastructure to transform a cost center into a center of excellence. Leveraging best practices and the latest technologies, Infosys replaced numerous smaller servers with fewer high-capacity machines and direct-attached storage hardware with centralized storage, leveraging DNS round robin for load balancing and redundancy. The project also improved performance by optimizing existing infrastructure and by introducing new processes to cut backup windows significantly. The initiative resulted in $2 million in direct cost savings.
Internal Revenue Service www.irs.gov
Online Payment Agreement
Project Lead: William P. Farrell, Supervisory IT Specialist
Project Description: To help taxpayers voluntarily resolve tax liabilities, the IRS created the Online Payment Agreement system. The Java-based application consists of several components, including presentation, business, and data layers. Web page content resides in an Oracle database but is brought into JVM memory at startup to increase performance. Application-specific business rules reside in middle-tier Web app servers, and audit logging is sent to the IRS' Secure Audit and Analysis System. More than 90 percent of all monthly payment agreements -- which would otherwise have been handled manually -- qualify for electronic submission via OPA.