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.

China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company - COSCO

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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.

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.

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.


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

AIX, DB2 for Linux, Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms

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

IBM-SAP Alliance

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

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