At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas from April 10-14, visitors can see the consolidation and transition of a major broadcast operation into a single, integrated facility. Siemens IT Solutions and Services, North America and The Systems Group, New Jersey (TSG) are jointly presenting a model project delivered to bridge the gap between traditional broadcast consulting and IT systems solutions at Corus Entertainment, one of Canada’s most successful integrated media and entertainment companies. Siemens IT Solutions and Services implemented the overall media management and workflow solution in the Corus facility and The Systems Group utilized their vast experience in large scale project management, design and implementation. The project involved consolidating more than 10 physically separate sites in the Toronto area and more than 1,100 Corus employees into Corus Quay, a technologically and architecturally advanced broadcast and production facility located on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Thanks to this innovative approach, Corus remains at the forefront of technology to meet dynamic consumer tastes and to be as “green” as possible in its environmental impact. They now have a reliable, available, and scalable IT infrastructure that meets its sophisticated IT and broadcast needs both now and well into the future.
“We built our facility to support not just what we do today, but also what we might do tomorrow. Our IP infrastructure provides plenty of headroom for growth in an IP-driven world”, says Scott Dyer, Executive Vice President, Shared Services and Chief Technology Officer, Corus Entertainment Inc. Chris Mehos, President The System Group adds, “The Success of the Corus implementation is an example of embracing the power of traditional IT infrastructure to enable additional business value for the management & delivery of content. Siemens IT Solutions and Services brings a depth of services complementary to our own, allowing us to offer North American broadcasters a total system solution inclusive of post project managed services.”
Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Inc., North America and TSG have signed a teaming agreement to leverage their combined expertise toward bridging the gap between traditional broadcast consulting and IT systems solutions. They will combine best of breed broadcast and IT engineering resources to help clients optimize their content management and distribution systems for high quality consumer delivery anytime, anywhere. Broadcast and publishing providers throughout North America are looking for new ways to streamline workflow, leverage rapidly advancing commodity software and hardware tools, and in many cases are considering the type of outsourced services that have been commonplace in corporate IT for years.
“In this rapidly changing integrated media environment, clients need innovative thought leadership regarding broadcast architecture to improve internal workflows, speed content integration and allow efficient, content distribution whenever and wherever there is consumer demand,” Marcos Gonzalez-Flower, Head Global Media Consulting at Siemens IT Solutions and Services, “The Systems Group has designed and built some of the most advanced facilities in North America bringing deep knowledge over a wide range of applications regarding the implementation of functional workflow models. Working together, we can provide not only the implementation of advanced solutions, but a host of managed services post project”.
Please visit The Systems Group and Siemens IT Solutions and Services at booth N808 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The Company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at http://www.corusent.com
Siemens IT Solutions and Services is a European based premium player providing state-of-the-art IT solutions and delivering outsourcing services with global reach. Within the IT service chain, the portfolio of Siemens IT Solutions and Services ranges from consulting, software deployment and system integration to the comprehensive management of IT infrastructures. Through profound industry know-how and beneficial innovations, the business technologists at Siemens IT Solutions and Services enable customers to transform their business processes on an ongoing basis. With a workforce of more than 32,000 employees Siemens IT Solutions and Services achieved revenues of some 4.2 billion euro in fiscal 2010, which ended on September 30, – over 75 percent of these revenues came from outside of Siemens. http://www.usa.siemens.com/it-solutions.
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Shelley Hansen, VP, Marketing & Communications
Tel.: (508) 878-7310
Astrid Heinz, Global Communications
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About The Systems Group
The Systems Group (TSG) is a leading, North American, independent broadcast systems consulting and project management firm providing mission critical services, strategic, technical, and operational, to global broadcasters and rich media related industries for 20 years. TSG provides consulting, design, engineering, integration, and deployment of hardware and software solutions as well as coordinated physical facilities infrastructure planning.
For more information, please visit: http://www.tsg-hoboken.com