Feeds

Railtrack juggled 1100 different software apps

That explains a lot

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

UK train monster Railtrack has enlisted the help of IBM and Oracle after it discovered it was running a web of more than 1000 different software "systems".

The figures were discovered during a W2K audit by IBM two years ago. Big Blue said it counted a total of 1100 diverse software applications, databases, platforms et al that Railtrack staff were working with.

The train company inherited a gaggle of British Rail divisions on the eve of privatisation four years ago, and each division had been responsible for choosing and buying its own software. Hence the plethora of software on offer.

Over the last two years this number has been slimmed down to 270. This week Railtrack revealed a six-year £300 million deal to cut this number to 35 with IBM and Oracle. It is also looking for other partners to help with its quest, a Railtrack representative said today.

IBM is providing its WebSphere software which will help integrate existing software in use at Railtrack. Oracle will be in charge of putting new applications in place.

Commenting on the systems overload, Anita Hockin, IBM WebSphere brand manager, said: "It was a very large number - but I wouldn't say Railtrack was the only company out there with this problem.

"Railtrack uses a very complex model. You would expect a reasonably large mix of systems."

Railtrack said it was also looking at putting customer information such as train delays online and considering using WAP technology. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes
Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone
Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email
Print this article out and give it to someone tech-y if you get stuck
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool
Visual Studio database diagramming's out the window
Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...
Wobbly Gmail, Contacts, Calendar on the other hand ...
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.