Baldor integrates new corporate acquisition, cuts IT costs as proportion of sales by 50 percent

Published on 7-Jan-2013

With the IBM Intelligent Cluster 1350 for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator, one sales report that previously took five hours to run is now generated in 13 seconds. Business users can now routinely run this report to fine-tune their sales, go-to-market and what-if scenarios.

Mark Shackelford, Vice President of Information Services, Baldor Electric

Baldor Electric Company

Electronics, Industrial Products

Deployment country
United States



Baldor Electric Company is located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and builds industrial electric motors, mechanical power transmission products, drives and generators. Baldor, part of the ABB Group’s Discrete Automation and Motion division, sells its products worldwide to distributors and original equipment manufacturers in more than 70 countries.

Business need
Following the success of a major consolidation project, Baldor Electric wanted to continue to drive down operational costs in its virtualized SAP Business Suite software environment.

Baldor non-disruptively migrated its SAP Business Suite applications from an IBM® System z10® Enterprise Class server to an IBM zEnterprise® EC12 server.

Delivers 35 percent more capacity with no increase in energy footprint. Sustains a reduction in energy costs of more than 60 percent, and a cut in IT administration costs as a proportion of sales revenue by 50 percent.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

DB2 Enterprise Server Edition, FlashCopy, Linux, z/OS, z/VM

Storage, Storage: DS8800, Storage: XIV, z Systems, z Systems: zEnterprise 196 (z196), z Systems: zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12)

IBM-SAP Alliance

Technical Computing, Energy Efficiency, Enterprise Resource Planning, High Availability, Server Consolidation, System z Software, Virtualization, Virtualization - Server, Virtualization - Storage

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