SAP IT selects IBM DB2 as strategic database platform for internal business systems

Published on 1-Mar-2008

The efficiency of the new IBM DB2 solution has given us headroom within our database and storage servers to grow as business workload rises, with high user productivity and great return on investment. We now have a state-of-the-art IT landscape based on the latest SAP and IBM software, which delivers excellent performance and should help to keep storage costs low in the future.

Peter Boegler, Solution Architect, SAP IT


Computer Services

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SAP AG in Walldorf, Germany, is one of the world’s leading business software providers. With more than 45,000 employees serving international enterprises of every conceivable type, SAP AG has people and offices on every continent, operating in multiple languages.

Business need
SAP IT (the IT department of SAP AG) wanted to be able to take advantage of new SAP software functionalities while reducing the complexity and operational costs of its IT landscape. The company also wanted to move to a new database platform to deliver optimal performance.

In three separate projects, SAP IT upgraded its Human Capital Management (HCM), ERP and Business Intelligence applications, simultaneously performing Unicode conversion and migrating databases from Oracle to IBM DB2.

Simultaneous upgrade/conversion/migration reduces business disruption without significantly increasing project complexity. Response times in the HCM environment improved by around 40 per cent. Archiving and database reorganization reduced the size of the ERP database by 22 per cent. Conversion to Unicode has helped SAP IT introduce multiple-language applications, facilitating international operations. SAP’s Business Intelligence system is now positioned for nearly unlimited scalability with DB2.


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

DB2 for HP/UX

IBM-SAP Alliance

Enterprise Resource Planning

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