SCHWENK Zement

Building a rock-solid foundation for future growth

Published on 2 Oct 2015

IBM DB2 on zEnterprise BC12 enables us to keep operations running smoothly, 24 hours a day.

Wolfgang Monz, Head of IT, SCHWENK Zement KG

Customer
SCHWENK Zement

Industry
Industrial Products

Deployment country
Germany

Partner
SAP

Overview

Based in Ulm, Germany, family-owned group SCHWENK Zement KG manufactures cement and construction concrete for the building industry. With products sold primarily in Germany and Namibia, as well as in parts of Europe, SCHWENK employs about 3,150 people and generated annual revenues of around EUR800 million (approximately USD917 million) in 2013.

Business need
As SCHWENK Zement KG continues to expand in its core business areas, increased activity threatened to overwhelm its supporting business systems, potentially damaging growth prospects.

Solution
SCHWENK reorganized and consolidated operations by migrating its mission-critical SAP application databases to a single IBM® System zEnterprise® BC12 server powered by IBM DB2® for z/OS®.

Benefits
Streamlined procurement processes and mobile apps help reduce operational costs significantly. Increased application and data availability with up to 99.999% uptime supports growth ambitions.

Components

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

Software
DB2 for z/OS, FlashCopy, z/OS

Hardware
Storage, Storage: DS8870, Storage: TS3500 Tape Library, Storage: TS7740 Virtualization Engine, z Systems: zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12), z Systems, z Systems : z Systems running z/OS

Services
GTS Integrated Technology Services, IBM Global Services, GTS IS Systems Services: (SO Custom) Storage Management Services, IBM-SAP Alliance

Solution
DB2 for z/OS, IGF: IT Financing - IBM HW, IGF: IT Financing - IBM Services and Project Financing, High Availability, Business Continuity, Information Management Foundation, Data Warehouse, Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Virtualization, Virtualization - Storage

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