India’s Escorts Group embraces IBM Smarter Computing for group wide ERP implementation project

Workload-optimized servers, smarter storage to help company reduce costs by 35 percent

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India, - 23 Sep 2011:

The Escorts Group, one of India’s leading engineering conglomerates, is adopting IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) smarter computing approach to information technology. Through an agreement with IBM, Escorts Group will receive a workload-optimized hardware solution to replace the company’s existing ERP system infrastructure. The advanced systems will provide enhanced performance and compliment the company’s business growth goals of lowering overall IT operating costs.  

“Escorts Group has embarked on a journey of IT transformation to achieve operational & manufacturing excellence,” said Mr. Vipin Kumar, Group CIO, Escorts Limited. “To achieve this we are not only going beyond adhering to prevailing norms, we are in fact setting our own standards and relentlessly pursuing them to achieve our desired benchmarks of excellence. To aid us in this journey we needed a scalable and high-performing IT infrastructure, backed by a robust technology roadmap. IBM clearly had the best solution, while ensuring a reduction in our energy footprint and increasing return on investment.”

Escorts Group is expanding its current deployment of Oracle Corp.’s Oracle Applications ERP software to cover two new divisions – a utilization increase of about 40 percent. During the hardware evaluation process to support the expansion, Escorts considered various options including Itanium-based servers from Hewlett-Packard Co. and Oracle Corp.’s Exadata Database Machine. The company, however, chose to replace its existing HP PA-RISC servers with IBM Power® 750 Express® and IBM Power 740 Express systems. Each of the systems is complemented by IBM System Storage® DS5000s, and IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager software.

The new infrastructure resides in Escorts Group’s newly-built corporate data center and will manage the company’s disaster recovery system in addition to the ERP system. In addition to gains in performance and reliability, the IBM solution is expected to provide Escorts Group with savings in power and cooling costs of between 30 to 35 percent, over a three year period.

"IBM has extensive global experience in helping clients implement solutions that save money, create operational efficiencies and improve competitiveness. The solution we designed for Escorts Group provides a strong platform for further development and growth,” said Viswanath Ramaswamy, Country Manager, Power Systems, Systems and Technology Group, IBM India/SA. IBM partnered with Wipro in implementing the solution. The contract was signed in June 2011.

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