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BJB Syariah boosts micro services with Nutanix

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Indonesia-based Islamic bank PT. Bank Jabar Banten Syariah has adopted the Nutanix cloud platform to transform to a fully cloud-based approach to its IT infrastructure.

BJB Syariah opened in 2000 as a sharia business unit of Bank BJB, a conventional bank owned by the governments of West Java, Jakarta and Banten provinces of Indonesia. 

In 2010, the bank was spun-off to become the first regional bank in Indonesia that became its own business entity. With eight branches and 55 sub-branches, BJB Syariah aims to cater to 80% of the nearly 50 million population across the three provinces.

The Nutanix solution has enabled BJB Syariah to reduce delivery time of its micro services to customers from years to months, or about 10 times faster than before. This includes the development of application software designed to support customers for their various needs such as a travel management system specifically for haji travel.

“Building positive customer experiences and going to market fast with these products are crucial in our competitive market,” said Dadang Rohandi, head of IT division at BJB Syariah. “Nutanix has dramatically reduced our deployment time as we no longer need to hire third-party services to help with our application development.”

The Nutanix deployment — which includes Nutanix AHV, a secure virtualization solution that streamlines operations, and Nutanix Karbon, a Kubernetes management solution that simplifies operations and provisioning, as well as lifecycle management — has also enabled BJB Syariah to embrace DevOps practices.

This in turn reduces complexity and enabled the bank to achieve about 80% savings in the man-hours needed for its daily operations and maintenance. Overall IT operations costs have also been reduced by about 40%.

Previously, BJB Syariah had a complex three-tier IT infrastructure that was difficult to scale. The bank’s IT team had to rely on time-consuming manual processes whenever they needed to develop new products or enhance existing products.

According to Dadang, the Nutanix solution has allowed BJB Syariah to further commit to its strategic digital innovation roadmap, including further embracing agile DevOps operations and strive towards its goal of being one of the top five largest banks in Indonesia.