Published on 22 Aug 2012
“ If you were to ask me – with the benefit of hindsight, would you again choose to migrate your SAP solutions to IBM DB2? – the answer would be a clear ‘yes’. ”
Jim Capraro, Vice President of Global Information Technology, Colgate-Palmolive
Founded in 1806, Colgate-Palmolive is a global consumer products company which sells nearly $17 billion annually in personal care, home care, oral care and pet nutrition products in 200 countries.
Colgate needed to develop a solution that would support the data explosion associated with business growth while keeping IT spending lean. IT staff found that they were devoting increasing amounts of time on maintenance and administration of the databases supporting the company’s SAP applications. Related business-critical functions, such as daily backups and disaster recovery processes, were also impacted by the growth in data volumes.
Colgate worked with SAP, IBM Business Partner Micro Strategies and IBM to migrate the company’s critical SAP databases to IBM DB2 over a period of 18 months, with no interruption to business processes. The IBM DB2 solution was implemented on IBM Power Systems servers linked to IBM System Storage disk systems, managed by IBM SAN Volume Controller software. Backup and recovery is handled by IBM Tivoli Storage Manager software.
Leveraging the deep compression feature in IBM DB2, Colgate reduced its database volumes by an average of 65 percent, successfully controlling its IT spend. With no need to buy additional processor or disk storage capacity, the company was able to keep its IT costs stable for two years following the solution implementation. After reducing the storage requirements and administrative complexity of its IT system, Colgate’s IT team has been able to focus on innovative new projects rather than trying to manage existing infrastructure.
IBM products and services that were used in this case study.
Tivoli Storage Manager
Power Systems, Storage
, IBM-SAP Alliance
Enterprise Resource Planning, Information Integration, Transforming Business
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