China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company surges into new markets with IBM and SAP

Published on 14 Feb 2013

The close relationship between SAP and IBM was an important factor in our decision to choose IBM DB2 over databases from other vendors.

Yongqi Liu, Deputy Director, Data Network Management Centre, COSCO Net (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

Customer
China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company - COSCO

Industry
Travel and Transportation

Deployment country
China

Partner
SAP

Overview

Established in 1961 and headquartered in Beijing, China, China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) is one of the largest specialists in global shipping, logistics and ship building in the world. COSCO employs a total of 130,000 people globally, and has assets exceeding $48 billion.

Business need
COSCO, a global shipping organization based in China, wanted to stimulate business growth and boost its competitiveness against the backdrop of the worldwide economic slowdown. The group decided to diversify into the profitable door-to-door logistics market, which meant acquiring and merging existing logistics service providers into the group. In the past, COSCO lacked the standardized worldwide processes needed to facilitate these mergers.

Solution
COSCO Net (Beijing) Co., Ltd. implemented SAP ERP applications for finance at its datacenters in China, Europe, America and Japan – consolidating COSCO’s business operations to the company headquarters. To mitigate the business risk of an outage to its centralized systems, and to ensure strict regulatory compliance, COSCO Net deployed IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows with the high availability disaster recovery (HADR) feature. The solution replicates data from SAP ERP production datacenters in near real time to backup sites thousands of kilometers apart.

Benefits
Introduced new offerings, increased revenues and accessed new markets cost-efficiently. Enabled high availability for the group’s mission-critical centralized systems. Supported growth and enhanced competitiveness in challenging economic conditions.

Components

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

Software
AIX, DB2 for Linux, Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms

Hardware
Power Systems, Storage, Storage: DS8000, System x, System x: System x3850 X5

Services
IBM-SAP Alliance

Solution
Automation, Business Integration, Business Resiliency, Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, High Availability, Information Management Foundation, Supply Chain Management

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