Sto raises sales order capacity by 50 percent to match explosive growth

Published on 1 Mar 2014

The IBM DB2 database provides excellent performance and outstanding reliability for our business-critical SAP applications. From our experience, SAP applications tend to run very reliably on the IBM DB2 database.

Philipp Bellhäuser, Head of IT Infrastructure, Architecture and Operations, Sto

Customer
Sto AG

Industry
Construction / Architecture / Engineering, Industrial Products

Deployment country
Germany

Partner
FRITZ & MACZIOL
SAP

Overview

Sto specializes in providing insulation, paint, plasterwork and concrete restoration services to construction companies. Headquartered in Stühlingen, Germany, the firm employs more than 4,700 people across its operations in Europe, the Americas and Asia, and achieved revenues of more than €1 billion in 2012.

Business need
Manufacturer Sto realized that its order-processing capabilities would soon be outpaced by fast-growing business volumes, a scenario that could lead to lost orders or late deliveries.

Solution
Sto upgraded its servers to the latest IBM® Power® 750 and IBM PowerVM® technology. The new platform hosts the company’s business-critical SAP applications and IBM DB2® databases.

Benefits
The IBM servers provide the extra capacity to handle the sales, logistics and production workload, which helps the company fulfill more orders, hit delivery targets, and remove the barriers to growth.

Components

IBM products and services that were used in this case study

Software
AIX, Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, DB2 for Linux, PowerVM, Tivoli Storage Manager Enterprise Edition, IBM Storwize Family Software for SAN Volume Controller, System Storage SAN Volume Controller

Hardware
Power 750, Power Systems, Storage, Storage: DS8870, Storage: Storwize V7000, Storage: TS3500 Tape Library

Services
IBM-SAP Alliance

Solution
Business Continuity, Customer Relationship Management, Enabling Business Flexibility, Enterprise Resource Planning, High Availability, Information Management Foundation, Server Consolidation, Storage Consolidation, Virtualization, Virtualization - Server, Virtualization - Storage

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