Enterprise Services Architecture and Integration Framework Supporting Major IT Transformation at Corus

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Capgemini helps develop strategic framework for a service-oriented enterprise via service-oriented architecture and SAP

“ The Enterprise Architecture provides a platform for us to plan future change strategies within Corus. It is an important tool to help us make decisions about business and IT services that are aligned to our corporate vision. ”Bruno Laquet, CIO, Corus plc

The Situation

Corus is an international metals company, providing steel products and services to customers worldwide. As part of a global strategic initiative to reduce IT costs and improve profitability, it has launched a major program of IT rationalization.

The primary objective was to significantly reduce the Total Cost of Ownership of Corus UK’s highly complex legacy IS and IT landscape. Corus wanted to standardize back-office operational business processes in Finance, Procurement and Plant Maintenance.

The Solution

The solution was predicated on the rationalisation and retirement of legacy processes, integration approach and IS/IT technologies by introducing a Common Application Backbone based on SAP. This is supported by a service-oriented enterprise architecture and the implementation of an enterprise integration framework.

Using Capgemini’s Integrated Architecture Framework (IAF) approach, the target services architecture was conceived, designed and validated to reflect the to-be business and IS/IT architecture.

Selected methods, architectural views and strategic frameworks were then developed from the architecture to support the SAP implementation and to help plan and de-risk the migration and decommissioning of the existing legacy platforms and associated interfaces.

To remove the incumbent costly and highly complex integration challenge, the services architecture was used to design the Corus enterprise integration framework, which was then deployed using IBM Websphere and SAP XI technologies.

The Result

The enterprise services architecture is now a key point of reference for Corus UK’s business and IS/IT architecture and design; it enables traceability and visibility of the end-to-end business and technical operation of Corus UK’s back office systems including Finance, Procurement and Plant Maintenance.

The new enterprise integration framework is a strategic platform for future integration and the model for replacing existing point to point legacy interfaces.