SMS Equipment

Supporting aggressive growth plans with ultra-scalable technology

Published on 19 Mar 2014

Since we deployed DB2, we have gone from 200 to 1,000 users and maintained the same response times. We are an aggressive company, and could make a new acquisition tomorrow and add more users. The solution that we have in place is more than able to grow to meet future demand.

Gordon Buttolph, Director of IT, SMS Equipment

SMS Equipment

Industrial Products

Deployment country


SMS Equipment Inc. (SMS) was formed in 2008 from the merger of three Canadian equipment dealers. Today, SMS is a one-stop supplier of industrial equipment, serving the mining, construction, forestry and utility industries. Headquartered in Acheson, Alberta, Canada, SMS is a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation of Japan and operates in Canada, Alaska and Mongolia. The company has more than 40 facilities and employs more than 2,200 people.

Business need
Formed from the merger of three equipment dealers, SMS Equipment inherited a heterogeneous environment and various approaches for managing data and systems. To enable growth, SMS needed a more scalable IT architecture.

SMS replaced Oracle database software with a powerful IBM® DB2® solution, building a centralized infrastructure to support its business-critical ERP application running on IBM Power Systems™ servers.

Achieves reliability, scalability and improved performance with steady DB2 response times despite a 400 percent rise in user numbers; reduces software licensing costs, supports compliance and optimizes IT spend.


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

DB2 for Linux UNIX and Windows

Power 740 Express, Power 750, Power 770, Storage: Storwize V7000

Software Services for Information Management

DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows family

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