International Rectifier optimizes business-critical SAP solutions with IBM high availability technology

Published on 5 Mar 2013

IBM provided tremendous support during implementation of the advanced high availability configuration for our SAP SCM Advanced Planning & Optimization application. We are very satisfied with our comprehensive IBM and SAP solution. Together we implemented a highly reliable solution that is easy to manage, scalable and well supported by IBM and SAP.

Suhas Narayan, Operations Manager, International Rectifier

Customer
International Rectifier

Industry
Industrial Products

Deployment country
United States

Partner
SAP

Overview

International Rectifier, headquartered in El Segundo in California, USA, is a world leader in advanced power management technology. Its products include digital, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits as well as advanced circuit devices, power systems and other components. The company operates multiple assembly facilities and employs approximately 4,500 people in 20 countries worldwide. In 2011, it achieved annual revenues of $1.18 billion.

Business need
Many of the world's leading electronics manufacturers rely on International Rectifier (IR) technology to drive their products. To increase its competitiveness in a volatile marketplace, the company wanted to fine-tune complex supply chain and logistics processes to cut operational costs and improve delivery timelines to demanding customers.

Solution
International Rectifier standardized its global operations on an integrated suite of SAP applications, including SAP Supply Chain Management, featuring SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization and SAP liveCache. The SAP solutions are supported by leading IBM technology, including IBM® Power Systems™ servers and IBM DB2® High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) for business continuity.

Benefits
Provides a unified view of global operations, delivering the insight needed to improve operational efficiency and to support more strategic decision-making. Supports business need to ensure completion of production planning in defined time. Reduces disruption to manufacturing through improved planning, which boosts efficiency and cuts wastage.

Components

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

Software
AIX, FlashCopy, PowerHA, PowerVM, Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms

Hardware
Power 570, Power 770, Storage, Storage: DS5300, Storage: Storwize V7000

Services
IBM-SAP Alliance

Solution
Business Integration, Business Resiliency, Enabling Business Flexibility, Enterprise Resource Planning, High Availability, Information Integration, Information Management Foundation, Supply Chain Management, Virtualization, Virtualization - Server, Virtualization - Storage

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