Agrofert implements group-wide shared services with IBM DB2 and SAP

Published on 6 Nov 2009

IBM DB2 and SAP applications offer immediate financial and operational benefits, and provide Agrofert with a scalable system capable of handling the next stage of our company’s growth.

Luboš Pajer, Technical Director, Agfit (Agrofert's IT services provider)

Agrofert Group

Chemicals & Petroleum

Deployment country
Czech Republic



Agrofert Group, based in Prague, is the largest agriculture and second largest chemicals holding group in the Czech Republic, with revenues of more than CZK 100 billion (€3 billion). The group has operations throughout Europe, with more than 160 independent business companies reporting to the central headquarters.

Business need
Agrofert found that rapid growth had resulted in more than 160 different systems operating in subsidiary companies. It was difficult to provide unified reporting, and support and license costs were rising. Adding yet more infrastructure with each new acquisition was not a scalable strategy.

Agrofert implemented SAP ERP applications as a shared service for some of its subsidiaries, aiming to make these available subsequently throughout the enterprise, hosted at two locations on IBM Power Systems servers. The company migrated from a mixed database environment, including Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server, to IBM DB2 as its standard database and deployed centralized storage systems for critical business data.

Eliminating local systems greatly reduced administration, support and license costs; IBM DB2 results in lower license fees, simplified management and less staff education and training; consolidated storage helps to reduce costs, and IBM DB2 Deep Compression will reduce total storage requirements; total cost reductions are estimated at 20 percent.


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

DB2 for Linux

Power Systems, System p: Power 550, System p: System p5 550 Express - AIX 5L Edition

IBM-SAP Alliance, IBM Global Business Services

Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Information Integration, Virtualization

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