Founded in 1944, Kia Motors is Korea’s oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Known for their world-class quality, Kia vehicles are popular all over the world, including India.
In April 2017, Kia Motors signed a memorandum of understanding with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, India, to build a new manufacturing facility in Anantapur District, and Kia Motors India (KMI) started construction of its plant that same year. The plant began its operations in December 2018.
From the new plant, KMI launched its premium SUV, Seltos, in 2019, which sold over 45,000 units from August 2019 to December 2019. KMI plans to reach optimum manufacturing capacity in the plant soon and has plans to roll out two new cars.
A robust IT architecture is important for ensuring all operations in the plant run smoothly and that data exchange between all departments is seamless. In addition, because the manufacturing plant often runs 24 x 7, support and issue resolution at any point in time with no or negligible downtime is critical. In addition, the plant uses many enterprise-grade software products and systems, all of which can increase TCO. To keep costs down and address these challenges, KMI needed an RDBMS that offered high availability at a lower cost than Oracle’s RDBMS—and middleware to ensure integration between systems was seamless while optimizing plant operations.
KMI chose TmaxSoft Tibero as RDBMS because of its compatibility with Oracle, plus JEUS and WebtoB to ensure compatibility between multiple platforms, including its manufacturing execution system (MES), parts traceability Information system (PTIS) and internal quality information system (IQIS).
As a result of the deployment of Tibero, JEUS, and WebtoB, KMI’s SLAs of 24×7 support for production databases, no downtime during issue resolution, and responses to issues in two hours could be achieved. In addition, the TmaxSoft product combination delivers the robust architecture, high performance, and high availability that KMI needs at its busy plant. KMI reports a reduction in operation and maintenance costs and expects a reduction in TCO of at least 50% in 5 years when compared to the alternate option of Oracle’s RDBMS and Middleware with all features and maintenance.
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