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Industry Leading BI Performance With System i and DB2 for i5/OS Using BI on SAP NetWeaver

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Susan Bestgen

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DB2 Universal Database for iSeries; IBM eServer iSeries; IBM System i5; SAP

Abstract: SAP product offerings have been available on the IBM System iTM platform since 1996 with availability of SAP R/3 on release V3R6 of the AS/400. From its inception, SAP and IBM teams have worked cooperatively to provide a solution which leverages the advantages of System i: architected integration of system components, simple system administration, low total cost of ownership, and competitive hardware components. Critical to the success of SAP offerings on System i is the integrated database, DB2 for i5/OSTM. Cooperative development has enabled SAP solutions on System i to take advantage of unique performance and functional features of DB2 for i5/OS. Likewise, DB2 for i5/OS has continually delivered enhancements to satisfy requirements and improve performance specifically for SAP products. Many of these product specific enhancements have the extra benefit of improving other solutions and database performance in general.

A highlight of this collaboration is the industry leading at time of publication of this paper.
performance in BI (Business Intelligence) of the SAP BW (Business Information Warehouse) and BI-D (Business Intelligence Datamart) benchmarks on System i with DB2 for i5/OS. Certified Official certifications can be viewed at and results include:
* Ten #1 certifications in 2 years
* #1 in SAP BW in 4-way, 8-way and 16-way configurations
* #1 in SAP BI-D in 4-way and 8-way configurations

This paper will provide a brief introduction to the SAP NetWeaverTM Business Intelligence solution as implemented on System i and its BW and BI-D benchmarks. It will also discuss the technology features, many of which are patented, of DB2 for i5/OS that contribute to its performance success in the Business Intelligence technology segment in general and specifically to SAP.







Business Intelligence




IBM System i

S/W Pillar(s):

Information Management




business warehouse, business intelligence, benchmark, benchmarking, SAP, performance, DB2

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