GBS Insights to Help GBM Identify Risks and Reduce Costs of Server Consolidation and XPages Migration

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Gulf Business Machines (GBM) today announced that it has selected GBS (GROUP Business Software), a global software and services company specializing in delivering modernization, mobility and infrastructure management solutions for large IBM Domino application and messaging environments, to analyze its IBM Domino environment and provide recommendations for critical enterprise-wide server consolidation and XPages Migration projects through GBS Insights.

As part of the agreement, GBS, through GBS Insights, will help GBM optimize productivity and increase cost efficiency by consolidating IBM Domino servers, which are located across multiple GBM offices, into two locations. GBS Insights will also help GBM provide Notes application users with cutting-edge web and mobile capabilities as well as scalable applications through the migration of their existing Client Notes portfolio to XPages. GBS Insights will provide GBM with a comprehensive and detailed analysis of their IBM Domino infrastructure and application portfolio, helping the company achieve its IT objectives and allowing them access to additional insights that will help them address the needs of their IBM Notes and Domino customers.

“In order to create a scalable and future proof Domino infrastructure and application environment that would give the GBM IT team the flexibility and agility to meet future business needs, we outlined an aggressive IT strategy for 2014 that involved consolidation of our infrastructure and migration of our application environment to a web-based platform,” said Krishna Mohan, Information Systems Manager, GBM. “To ensure the success of this strategy, it was critical for us to understand the risks, complexity, effort and impact of both these transitions. GBS Insights helped us not only identify all the key risks and challenges, but also provided us with critical inputs that will help us minimize risk, save significant cost and create a robust plan that will meet both IT and business objectives.”

GBS Insights’ application usage, content and deep design analysis unearths critical migration risks and challenges including email integration, UI functions, encrypted content and embedded objects. It also helps downsize scope and, hence, reduce cost by identifying shared designs and applications that can be retired or evaluated for retirement. GBS Insights will enable GBM’s IT team to significantly minimize server consolidation risks and create a robust plan by providing critical estimates of post consolidation data access loads, WAN traffic increase and storage needs.

“This GBS Insights engagement is very critical for us as GBM represents IBM in the GCC region and working with their IT team gave us tremendous insights into environments we are likely to encounter with Notes and Domino customers in this region,” says Constanze Zarth, COO, GBS. “In addition to helping GBM’s IT team gain the critical insights they needed with sufficient coverage and depth to ensure they are able to lower cost, minimize risk and ensure predictable outcomes, this engagement will also help us work together with GBM on other similar opportunities in the region.”

About Gulf Business Machines (GBM)

Founded in 1990, Gulf Business Machines (GBM) is the leading IT solutions provider in the region fulfilling the IT requirements of local, regional and international organizations in the GCC.

GBM is the sole distributor for IBM – excluding selected IBM products and services –throughout the GCC, except for Saudi Arabia. GBM’s momentum was further enhanced in 1999, when the team secured the Cisco portfolio. Today GBM holds the highest level of recognition in the region from Cisco, Gold Partner status, in addition to the Cisco Borderless Network Architecture Specialized Learning Partner status.

GBM offers an extensive range of IT infrastructure, IT solutions and services ranging from consulting, resource deployment and integration to after-sales support, through 1000 professionals and over 20 solid strategic partnerships forged with internationally-recognised IT solution providers.

The company, which is ISO-9001 certified since 1999, has offices in the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah), Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain. GBM also has established a presence in Pakistan, where the company now operates three offices, one each in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore as an IBM Premier Business Partner. The Pakistani operation also holds a Silver Partner Status from Cisco.

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For further information about GBM, please contact:

Mai Al-Jishi,

Training & Communications Specialist

Gulf Business Machines

Tel: +973 17584333


Lina Al Desouky or Sara Bosco

Weber Shandwick

Tel: +971 4 321 0077



About GBS (GROUP Business Software)

GBS ( is the world’s leading provider of solutions for enterprises using IBM’s Collaboration Solutions (ICS) platforms, specializing in delivering migration, mobility, infrastructure and analysis solutions for large application and messaging environments. GBS enables organizations with investments in Notes / Domino and Sametime infrastructures to effectively respond to the rapidly evolving needs of their business users, while lowering costs and increasing returns on these investments. GBS helps customers understand and evaluate their current environments, formulate strategic technology and operational goals, and implement solutions that meet current and future business needs.

GBS has over 5,000 customers in 90 countries. GBS resources are available at over 11 GBS offices across North America, Europe and Asia, including a state-of-the-art Offshore Delivery Center in Chennai, India.

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