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Case Study: IBM Websphere
Portal on IBM Bluemix

Industry: Hospitality

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Company : Lao Kao

Lao Kao is the company behind the WOK brand of restaurants. With over 15 branches, Lao Kao is a leader in Latin America in the space of Asian food restaurants and captures the essence of sustainability and best practices of agriculture and fishing. Lao Kao and is already incorporating “WOK to-go” points of sale for healthy and full of flavor options to be consumed on site or delivered to the customers location.

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Challenges Faced

Challenge 1: Content Migration

Their content needed to be carefully migrated onto IBM WCM while establishing a responsive graphical user interface with the premise of a mobile first deployment. And all this while preserving data integrity.

Challenge 2: Workflow Implementation

An organized and systematic approach to content generation was required. This was achieved with the implementation of workflow features of WebSphere Portal.

Challenge 3: Segmentation of Development and Production environments

Additionally, Lao Kao has now a cloud presence with unlimited flexibility running in a state-of-the-art IBM Bluemix data center.

Solution Provided

We at ne Digital, an IBM Advanced Business Partner, established the IBM WebSphere Portal as the basis for Lao Kao’s digital experience platform running in IBM Bluemix IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). The platform meets their current needs and allows the company to grow from a standalone node to a clustered environment. And all this while enabling their development team to integrate with other solutions such as IBM Integration Bus to interact with their ERP System and IBM Commerce to start their e-commerce strategy. The solution provides a responsive GUI that has established their initial mobile application for customers.

Implementation Strategy


The solution is simple. A single virtual instance-based implementation of IBM’s Digital Experience stack in a standalone mode is running with IBM WebSphere Application Server and DB2 as their database engine.


The company setup an IPSEC VPN from their on-premise data center, which runs their staging/authoring environment to the SoftLayer datacenter with their rendering environment.

Tech Stack Deployed

  • IBM Bluemix Virtual Instances
  • IBM Bluemix Endurance Storage

Success Data


Availability for their online services


Reduction in hours for publishing of new content using WCM and three staged workflows


Single Portal and content repository with future compatibility for commerce solution


Less cost than a Digital Experience on Cloud offering

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