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Zend Case Studies

By implementing Zend Solutions, our customers are better leveraging the Web and unlocking greater value from their business-critical PHP applications. To learn more about how top companies are utilizing Zend Solutions and expertise, scroll down to read our case studies.

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Challenge

Novadex was wasting time and manpower with manual deployments to server clusters. If there was a problem during the deployment process, then the recovery was a manual and rather onerous task. Novadex sought a simpler and more effective solution to automating their application releases.

Solution

Adopted Zend Server to automate deployment of application to a clustered environment of multiple servers. Can now easily check for causes of deployment errors thanks to centralized logging and redeploy to effected nodes with one-click. With more automated process, more junior team members can deploy application releases effectively without supervision.

Challenge

Simultaneously test different features and product releases so that they can be deployed on a browser based platform rapidly and frequently.

Solution

Zend Server’s application deployment model and clustering features enabled EnglishCentral to automate the processes of moving application code from QA to production and scaling in the cloud. Zend Server’s job queue and code tracing features gave EnglishCentral the right tools to improve application architecture and rapidly solve production problems.

Challenge

Implement Continuous Delivery best practices for a large, sophisticated Magento app in a VMWare environment, so that bi-monthly releases could happen in a fast, automated fashion with high quality and minimal bugs.

Solution

Implemented end-to-end continuous delivery with Zend Server. Adopted Zend Server clusters on VMWare, integrated with Jenkins CI to manage the deployment pipeline. Standardized and automated deployment across environments by leveraging Zend Server’s Automation APIs.

Challenge:

• Respond faster to growing business requirements that demand a Web infrastructure
• Modernize existing 5250 applications by implementing Web capabilities while continuing to enjoy the existing application’s code as the backbone of business methodology
• Find reliable and readily-available PHP tools to integrate seamlessly with the many i applications that support operations

Solution:

To modernize legacy applications and Web-enable existing i applications, Carlo Gavazzi migrated its automation system from ASP to PHP and adopted the Zend PHP solution for IBM i. Gavazzi’s IT department implemented Server for IBM i to achieve full integration with their existing server system, Zend Studio and Zend Framework to standardize Web application development and Zend Training to enable RPG programmers improve their PHP skills.

Challenge:

NBS System needed a reliable platform that standardized the process of hosting, regardless of versions or development that different individuals or small companies contributed.

Solution:

NBS System worked with Zend to build Zend Cloud, a customized and complete hosting offering for e-commerce customers.

Challenge:

Automate the administrative systems of the company. This would mean replacing parallel controls — business-critical software that automates the spreadsheets, forms and manual controls that make up the company’s core processes — with reliable, highly available, internally-developed PHP applications.

Solution:

Marilan built an Administrative System of Internal Controls (SACI) that serves to support the enterprise resource program platform (ERP) that would integrate custom applications for departments across the company. The company implemented Zend Studio Integrated Development Environment to create applications in production. In addition, Marilan uses Zend Server in both development and production, where the company manages, monitors and realizes scales applications.

Challenge:

UBM Tech needed a new, more agile, sustainable and cost-effective approach to building and managing dozens of large-scale and custom websites in order to meet the changing demands of digital media publishing.

Solution:

UBM Tech reinvented its web application development strategy and technology infrastructure with its adoption of the Zend PHP web application platform, including Zend Server, Zend Studio and Zend Framework, for the wholesale transformation of its web assets.

Challenge:

Accelerate development and delivery of highperforming web applications that help employees connect, stay informed, and provide exceptional client services.

Solution:

BNP Paribas chose Zend Server, Zend Studio and Zend Framework as well as other PHP-compatible technologies.

Challenge:

CONFTEC needed to find an enterprise-ready application platform to build customized retail applications and a custom ERP application from the ground up. The solution would need to provide CONFTEC with a custom-built online retail platform that would enable quick development and ongoing innovation.

Solution:

After comparing languages and solutions including Java, Perl and ASP, CONFTEC chose to build its system using PHP and Zend. The company uses Zend Studio for creating and maintaining its extensive codebase, and Zend Server to manage and monitor its applications.

Challenge:

GroupMT needed a rapid application development platform with the power and ease of use to modernize its ‘green screen’ ERP system on IBM i for improved document management, manufacturing execution and other key functions across its 50 manufacturing plants.

Solution:

GroupMT adopted the Zend PHP application development platform for IBM i, including Zend Studio IDE, Zend Server web application server, and Zend Framework, an open-source application framework.

Challenge:

  • Managing web workloads on a single dedicated server
  • Lack of real-time visibility into the health of business-critical web apps and meaningful analytics on campaign performance
  • Traffic spikes resulting in sluggish response times
  • Increasing need to add and launch new services more quickly

    Solution:

    Mediaspike chose the RightScale Zend PHP HA Solution Pack to help simplify and speed deployment, automate scaling and achieve high availability of reliable, high-performing applications in the cloud.
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    Cisco WebEx
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    Challenge:

    Cisco wanted to drive more WebEx business through its partners using free trial offers as a catalyst of
    lead generation. The legacy free-trial system had been developed over a long period, with short-term
    solution updates that made it hard to maintain. Cisco WebEx needed an automated trial platform with a
    high degree of efficiency, reliability, and scalabilit to fully support its growing partner community and
    increasing demand for online conferencing.

    Solution:

    Cisco deployed Zend Studio IDE, Zend Server and Zend Framework. Using the Zend PHP stack, Cisco
    built a new trial-offer platform, a mobile website, and an internal project management application,
    and it redeveloped its webinar marketing platform.Zend’s monitoring, code tracing, job queuing, and
    optimization capabilities helped the organization improve end-user experience of trial offers by 68%
    (based on best time to complete trial signup), and achieve 20-30% code reuse to save development
    effort and accelerate time to market by an average of 1.5 months for each project.
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    NYSE Euronext
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    Challenge:

    NYSE Euronext sought to replace and sunset its existing Web sites with new sites supporting its goals to drive business value online. A new Web application development platform and processes were needed for rapid Web development and deployment, efficient scale up and management, and high availability. Tough guidelines demanded improved productivity, and reduced infrastructure and downtime costs.

    Solution:

    NYSE Euronext chose Zend PHP application development solutions and Drupal. Zend Studio IDE is used for application development, debugging and profiling. Zend Server runs the Web sites, performs proactive monitoring and automates troubleshooting and optimization. Zend Server Cluster Manager supports easy scalability in multiserver environments.

    Challenge:

    To maintain lean, efficient central operations while providing fast and impeccable service to a 3,000-member dealer network with a worldwide customer base; driving more processes online to provide a superior business experience for both dealers and customers.

    Solution:

    Zend PHP solutions helped Corvette America’s IT group extend the capabilities of its
    e-commerce application, quickly and cost-effectively, on IBM i.

    Challenge:

    With business growth, the limitations of Bell Helicopter’s enterprise reporting system to provide business intelligence on demand led to temporary loss of its Earned Value Management (EVM) certification and more than $40M in withholds on government contracts. The company needed to revamp its reporting system for improved automation and performance while keeping costs under control.

    Solution:

    Bell Helicopter chose Zend Server and Infobright’s analytic database software for the development and deployment of Premier, a scalable enterprise reporting application that now delivers vital business intelligence from more than 40 data sources in a high availability multi-server environment. Premier was strategic to the company’s ability to regain EVM certification and resume large-scale government contracts worth tens of millions of dollars.
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    Netretail Holding
    www.nrholding.com/
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    Challenge:

    A decade of strong business growth and expansion of product lines and geographical markets demanded an e-commerce infrastructure with real flexibility and cost-savings while delivering a superior online shopping experience for an international customer base.

    Solution:

    Zend’s complete PHP application development solution: Zend Server Web application server; Zend Studio, the leading PHP IDE; and Zend Framework, an award-winning lightweight open-source application framework. Using Zend, Netretail Holding launched multiple e-commerce sites in record time, reducing development and testing time by an average of 50% and achieving a 50% improvement in site performance to improve customer satisfaction and loyalty through repeat business.
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    Villeroy & Boch

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    Challenge:

    Villeroy & Boch needed a dynamic technology platform with which it could quickly and cost-effectively develop and manage new e-commerce applications to support its global sales and marketing initiatives.

    Solution:

    Villeroy & Boch chose PHP as its Web development platform. Zend PHP solutions were adopted to customize, deploy and manage its Magento e-commerce application running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) servers and accessing SAP ERP and MySQL back-end databases.

    Challenge:

    Allied Beverage wanted to leverage technology to increase its industry leadership through superior customer service. The company wanted to establish industry-leading e-Commerce and mobile applications capabilities but required a more comprehensive and cohesive application development environment to meet this goal.

    Solution:

    By choosing Zend PHP software on IBM i, Allied Beverage was able to develop, deploy and manage eBiz, a high-performance application that revolutionized e-commerce in its industry. From concept to roll-out, work was completed faster and at a lower cost than would otherwise have been possible. Using Zend Server and Zend Framework, Allied Beverage doubled the speed of eBiz and implemented key Web 2.0 functionality. When eBiz was launched more than 130 retailers became registered members, and the site won the 2009 IBM COMMON Innovation Award for Best Web Solution.”

    Challenge

    Enrise needed a capable Web application framework and tools to build an e-commerce front-end for Autotrack.nl, the leading online car brokerage in the Netherlands. Enrise wanted to improve usability and performance for Autotrack.nl’s popular site, which averages more than 550,000 unique visitors and millions of page views per month. They also planned to develop a flexible, templated solution for content management so Autotrack.nl personnel could update content on-demand, without having to touch the underlying application.

    Solution

    Enrise chose the PHP dynamic open-source language for their project, and Zend for its integrated Web application platform and PHP expertise. Zend Framework provided a proven open-source framework and reusable PHP code, and Zend Studio IDE was used to tailor the Autotrack.nl site with advanced features such as faceted browsing. Zend Server provided monitoring, debugging and optimization to help Enrise deploy and manage the Web front-end for optimal availability and performance in Autotrack.nl’s high-volume, multi-server environment.

    Challenge

    • Support a high volume of complex custom orders
    • Ensure an intuitive online ordering experience
    • Provide a professional B2B solution for affiliated retailers
    • Deliver availability and performance to meet SLAs

    Solution

    Levolor chose Zend PHP solutions for the development and management of a userfriendly,highly interactive and reliable e-commerce application for Levolor’s affiliated retailers and consumers. Using Zend Server application monitoring and management capabilities, Levolor has established a robust, scalable multi-server environment with improved availability and performance to meet SLAs consistently. In addition, the brand’s E-Business team is more responsive to changing business requirements while accelerating time-to-market with e-commerce updates. As a result, customers can expect snappy responses when shopping and ordering Levolor products, which come in more than 100 billion different combinations; and retailers can stay informed of promotions and conduct business efficiently through the Levolor dealer portal.

    Challenge

    Shaklee’s largely Java-based development environment lacked the flexibility, scalability and cost-efficiency required to sustain profitable business growth in rapidly changing global markets. The IT department sought an open-source technology platform robust enough to support its developer community and thousands of distributor web stores it manages across multiple languages and geographies. To be successful, the company’s ecommerce systems also needed to stand up to heavy online traffic during mass market promotions and media exposure. At the same time, IT faced tough goals to reduce development costs and accelerate time-to-market with ongoing enhancements to its ecommerce systems.

    Solution

    Shaklee adopted PHP for all of its web assets, choosing Zend Framework and Zend Studio for its development environment, and Zend Server for its enterprise production environment. The IT department migrated the Shaklee.com corporate website, the Shaklee.net member portal and distributor’s web stores to PHP and turned off their legacy Java application servers.
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    Value Drug Mart Associates, Ltd.
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    Challenge

    Value Drug Mart anticipated that growth of its associated network of stores would soon outpace its distribution center’s ability to support those stores unless it could standardize and automate certain B2B processes on the Web.

    Solution

    The IT group at Value Drug Mart chose PHP for its superiority and ubiquity as a Web application development platform, and Zend because of its technology and commitment as the leading PHP solution provider. By implementing Zend Server for IBM i, Value Drug Mart automated the monitoring, troubleshooting and optimization of its Web-based B2B applications to quickly scale up and effectively support more than 300 pharmacies and convenience stores.

    Challenge

    Basic Research wanted to transform its Web assets to build brand awareness, educate consumers, and drive sales online and into major retail outlets. The IT organization adopted PHP-based Magento for e-commerce, and wanted to standardize on a platform for PHP Web application development that would support customization, optimization and scale-up of Magento across their various Web sites.

    Solution

    Basic Research chose Zend PHP for its flexibility and completeness as a Web application platform from pilot through production. The company adopted Zend’s integrated solution, Zend Studio IDE and Zend Server, for development, monitoring, optimization, scale-up and troubleshooting. With Zend, Basic Research improved its Magento-based e-commerce systems.

    Challenge

    Deliver thousands of online offers from leading brands, requiring that products be categorized, verified, rated and updated daily. Enable customers to personalize their shopping to watch specific offers, categories and stores, and receive updates when offers are added or changed. Create a true Web 2.0 environment that requires reliable high-performance technology and solid IT best practices to support this level of customization, collaboration and interactivity.

    Solution

    Offers.com chose Zend Framework, the Zend Studio IDE and the Zend Server Web Application Server for a complete, tested PHP stack to support the full application life cycle for its e-commerce Web assets.
    Zend was chosen for its ability to streamline application development and management, reduce time to market and meet business objectives for availability and performance.
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    HRsmart, Inc.

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    Challenge

    • Improve page loads and other performance metrics for large customers
    • Offload burden of maintaining legacy Perl code
    • Migrate to professional-grade object-oriented language (PHP 5)
    • Support global business growth with localization
    • Boost application availability through proactive monitoring and diagnostics

    Solution

    Zend Studio PHP IDE and Zend Server Web Application Server
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    MCS Real Estate & Facility Management
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    Challenge

    • Ensure consistent application availability and performance
    • Improve time-to-market
    • Meet SLAs consistently
    • Increase productivity in application development and deployment

    Solution

    MCS implemented the full Zend PHP stack, using Zend Framework to provide central application components, and the Zend Studio integrated development environment(IDE) for feature development. The company chose Zend Server Web Application Server for faster and smoother installations of its software technology stack and to achieve more reliability and robustness in daily operations.

    Zend Server helped MCS reduce time-to-market, meet SLAs consistently, and resolve or eliminate performance issues more efficiently. MCS also embedded Zend Server in its new myMCS WebPortal Server to extend key performance advantages to customers.