Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 25 - Page 12

NEWS Hitit and IBM to strengthen their collaboration for airline business continuity H itit, one of the first aviation technology companies to become established in Turkey, has utilised a hybrid cloud approach from IBM to raise aviation standards by ensuring seamless and uninterrupted service for the air travel industry globally. Under the new agreement, Hitit will adopt IBM’s public cloud infrastructure, including availability zones, to serve as the primary back-up to its on- premises data centre for resiliency and Disaster Recovery. This hybrid cloud strategy is designed to ensure continuous availability of critical applications and uninterrupted services to a list of Hitit clients that include 27 major airlines in 19 countries, travel agencies and ground handling companies. Hitit exports new-gen technology to all types of airlines across the world, including Europe, and provides its clients with software services in passenger services systems through to operation planning, accounting, travel merchandising and cargo solution. Nevra Onursal Karaagac, CMO at Hitit, said: “The collaboration between Hitit and IBM is an important step in boosting the standards in the aviation marketplace. Our partner airlines and travel clients are supported by the Disaster Recovery plan provided by the IBM public cloud, which strengthens the operational quality of air travel. This collaboration is a notable example of Hitit’s endless efforts to improve its services.” Crises can emerge through natural disasters, network outages or human errors or threats. As a result, system downtime can result in high costs for businesses. As the amount of data increases, it is critical for businesses to protect their data and have the right business continuity plan in place to ensure availability of that data in any situation. ////////////////// Leading UK fleet management software company secures funding from Swiss investor D RIVE Software Solutions (DRIVE), pioneer in the fleet management software industry, has secured funding from Swiss investment firm, VIVA Investment Partners (VIP), to accelerate its global growth in the consolidating digital fleet management market. Based in Stevenage UK, DRIVE is the company behind ODO, a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product that manages the administration, service delivery and compliance of customer vehicle assets through one secure, organised application. The ODO platform runs on Oracle Cloud and is deployed in either an App, Tablet or PC form. It enables SME businesses to transform their purchasing and control all vehicle asset-related services in an ordered service usage model. VIVA Investment Partners, with a focus on the transportation and mobility sectors including aviation, spacetech and the automotive ecosystems, considers digital services as an integral part of the future of the car industry. To oversee the company’s global expansion, Alastair Houston has been appointed as the new CEO of DRIVE. Alastair brings more than 30 years’ experience in the automotive sector, most recently as Managing Director of Sandicliffe Motor Contracts and as a board 12 INTELLIGENTCIO member at Northgate. He has extensive management experience and has consistently executed profitable sales growth. Houston said: “The automotive sector is going through unprecedented change, resulting from the fragmentation within the marketplace. ODO is a brilliant and simple solution to seamlessly connect fleet providers, services and end-users. We have a unique product and are thrilled to now have the financial strength and expertise that VIVA Investment Partners brings to the business. Securing this expansion funding from a sophisticated international investor despite the uncertainties around Brexit is a significant milestone.”