7-Eleven finds SAP applications and IBM i provide the greatest convenience

Published on 12-Dec-2008

Customer
7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd

Industry
Retail

Deployment country
Australia

Partner
SAP

Overview

This paper describes an implementation of the SAP Business Suite on IBM i logical partitions running on IBM Power Systems servers at 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd, Australia. It describes the historical background, the current hardware and software landscape, and future project plans.

Business need
Convert 7-Eleven supply chain from a direct to store model to centralised replenishment and distribution. Improve the timeliness and transparency of financial reporting. Implement an efficient, integrated, enterprise-wide reporting system. Leverage years of expertise and efficient operation with IBM i. Run the proposed reporting system and existing SAP retail applications on a scalable, easily managed platform. Continue the close integration between IBM i and Microsoft Windows servers.

Solution
Two IBM Power Systems servers running IBM i V5R4 with the integrated DB2® database. Virtualized Windows disk management provided by IBM i. SAP ERP 6.0, SAP NetWeaver® Portal, SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, SAP POS Data Management and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator

Benefits
Achieved quick ROI on the investment in both hardware and software. Upgraded from SAP R/3® 4.6C to SAP ERP 6.0 and NetWeaver 7.0. Upgraded to IBM i and IBM Power Systems technology. Increased revenue and profits through better stock management. Reduced deliveries into stores from 110 per week to just 30 per week. Improved financial reporting for 7-Eleven and its franchisees. Increased franchisee satisfaction by reducing administrative workload.

Components

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

Hardware
Power Systems, System i

Services
IBM-SAP Alliance

Solution
Enterprise Resource Planning, Supply Chain Management

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