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TCS completes post-merger integration of GE Transportation into Wabtec

TCS completes post-merger integration of GE Transportation into Wabtec
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3 Aug, 2021

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Monday said that it has helped Wabtec Corporation complete a post-merger integration of GE Transportation’s core systems within a stipulated time.

Setting the stage for unlocking the business synergies arising from the merger, the integration also resulted in a future-ready digital core for Wabtec’s freight and rail business, as per a statement.

A strategic partner for GE Transportation for many years, TCS was involved in the pre-merger planning around the separation of its core systems from the parent.

Once the merger was announced in 2019, TCS said it helped map out the interrelationships and dependencies leveraging its deep contextual knowledge of GE Transportation’s business and technology landscape.

The Mumbai based IT services major conducted design thinking workshops with stakeholders across 13 countries, to map out to create a detailed blueprint covering more than 100 business functions.

TCS used its Digital Melting Pot framework to consolidate GE Transportation’s ERP estate onto one core instance, harmonizing processes and decommissioning the legacy mainframe-based system.

The framework consolidation resulted in a single source of truth across the enterprise, enabling better planning and faster decision-making, TCS said.

"This transformation also eased the subsequent integration of the consolidated core ERP instance, involving 130 legal entities, along with the entire business intelligence infrastructure consisting of 14,000 reports, 10,000 underlying ETL jobs and applications, data warehouses and associated databases into the Wabtec IT landscape," TCS added.

TCS said it also helped create a future-ready digital core by migrating GE Transportation’s mission-critical remote monitoring and diagnostic applications that keep track of the health of over 23,000 locomotives in the field, onto the AWS cloud.

The new platform, when extended to Wabtec’s passenger and shunter locomotives, is expected to help drive a smarter, more efficient and safer transportation system.

Additionally, TCS’ Consulting and Service Integration practice carried out a finance transformation, resulting in a 30% improvement in productivity metrics, and laying the foundation for an operating model transformation across Wabtec’s finance operations.

“The new digital core will help unlock business synergies from the merger and unleash digital technology capabilities that will transform the transportation and logistics sector,” Anupam Singhal, a TCS senior vice president said.

NYSE-listed Wabtec Corporation, in February 2019, had announced completion of its merger with GE Transportation, a former business unit of General Electric.