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Learn how Pneuhage avoided additional costs of 25 percent by migrating to IBM Power Systems instead of an x86 processor-based solution. For more information on Power Systems , visit ...

Learn how Pneuhage avoided additional costs of 25 percent by migrating to IBM Power Systems instead of an x86 processor-based solution. For more information on Power Systems , visit http://ibm.co/Lx6hfc.


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    • IBM Systems and Technology Group RetailCase Study Pneuhage improves control and visibility of stock levels Real-time insights help increase sales Pneuhage Group is a tire services company, headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany. The company operates two production plants, Overview three logistics centers and 88 shops across Germany. Pneuhage also The need operates four shops and one warehouse in Poland, and a sales office in Pneuhage Group wanted to gain real-time France. Employing approximately 1,250 people, the company generates insights into sales and inventory data to optimize product availability. Having annual sales revenues of more than €400 million. accurate figures would improve decision making and enable faster reactions to With the goal of improving product availability, Pneuhage wanted changing market conditions. to understand sales and inventory performance in real time. The The solution company’s goal was to gather more accurate and timely figures to Working with IBM, Pneuhage support decision making and provide a factual foundation for response implemented an integrated SAP to variable business situations. Deploying a single, integrated ERP Business All-in-One solution on IBM® BladeCenter® Power® blades solution would help the company standardize business processes and with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and ensure consistent data across the group. IBM PowerVM® virtualization technology. The benefit Selecting IBM technology to support SAP Provides real-time inventory visibility and applications performance figures. Avoided additional costs of 25 percent by selecting IBM Pneuhage chose to deploy SAP Business All-in-One to standardize Power Systems™. Reduced database financials, controlling, human capital management, materials size by 70 percent and cut batch runtimes management, master data management, and sales and delivery from hours to minutes. Improved processes. To replace its legacy retail software, Pneuhage selected the application response times by up to 90 percent and database processing times SAP Business All-in-One industry solution cormeta TRADEsprint. by up to 94 percent. Pneuhage’s existing business applications were running on 15 HP Alpha Systems servers with a UNIX operating system. To save costs and increase efficiency in its IT operations, Pneuhage decided to look for a consolidation platform to create a virtualized IT environment. The company selected IBM Power Systems servers over the competing x86 processor-based option. “The 25 percent cost advantage of the IBM solution was not the only reason we chose IBM BladeCenter Power blades,” explains Ralf Brauer, Head of ICT at Pneuhage. “The IBM Power Systems platform also provides better performance and reliability based on innovative and proven technology.” Integrated virtualization boosts efficiency Working with IBM, Pneuhage deployed seven IBM Power Systems blade servers. Today, the company relies on IBM BladeCenter PS701 servers with IBM POWER7® processors to support its business-critical SAP environment. Leveraging its long-time experience with UNIX operating systems, Pneuhage decided to run its business applications on
    • IBM Systems and Technology Group RetailCase Study SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Utilizing IBM PowerVM virtualization technology with the IBM Integrated Virtualization Manager enabled Solution Components Pneuhage to reduce the number of servers by more than 50 percent. Hardware Because the new systems are much more efficient, Pneuhage was also • IBM® BladeCenter® PS701 able to cut down on floor space and power consumption considerably. • IBM BladeCenter JS22 • IBM BladeCenter JS21 • IBM System Storage® DS4700 “The integrated virtualization capability was an important factor for us,” says Jürgen Hiegle, Head of System Administration at Pneuhage. Software “With Power Systems, we do not need separate virtualization software • IBM DB2® for Linux, UNIX and Windows and we can use the total capacity of the servers more efficiently.” • IBM PowerVM® • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Selecting workload-optimized servers, Pneuhage set up two large IBM • SAP Business All-in-One Power Systems servers with 128 GB main memory as database servers and configured less powerful servers as SAP application servers. “Operating a consistent Altogether, Pneuhage runs about 30 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server systems on the IBM Power Systems platform. For fast and reliable data server landscape is, of storage, the servers are connected to a storage area network based on course, much easier IBM System Storage® DS4700 devices. than a number of different systems. And Reducing database size with IBM DB2 After the successful implementation of SAP Business All-in-One on having fewer servers IBM Power Systems with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Pneuhage automatically reduces decided to migrate its SAP database from MaxDB to IBM DB2® for the workload for the Linux, UNIX and Windows. A major challenge for the project team was to minimize system downtime, as Pneuhage could not shut down IT administrators its systems for an entire weekend, because its shops are also open on significantly.” Saturdays. Experienced specialists and optimized migration methods based on best practices ensured a smooth migration within the assigned — Ralf Brauer, Head of ICT at Pneuhage time slots. “We wanted to migrate our SAP databases to IBM DB2 to reduce database sizes and improve the performance of our systems with the integrated compression features,” says Jürgen Hiegle. “The close collaboration between IBM and SAP was a significant asset in performing the migration quickly and without any technical problems.” Migrating from MaxDB to IBM DB2, Pneuhage reduced database volumes by 70 percent from 1.7 TB to about 0.5 TB. As a result, backup times were substantially improved, and some batch process runtimes were cut down from hours to minutes. The overall performance of the SAP systems was significantly enhanced with some application response times reduced by approximately 90 percent. Certain database response times even improved by up to 94 percent. The IBM DB2 database integrates closely with the SAP DBA Cockpit, providing quick and easy access to basic administration tools. This enables the database administrator to identify slow-performing queries quickly. “The new database system provides more sophisticated analytics capabilities. Detailed analysis and new indices based on the additional insights boosted our database performance considerably.
    • IBM Systems and Technology Group RetailCase Study Overall, system administration on IBM DB2 is much better than our previous solution,” says Jürgen Hiegle. “We also use all the automation “We wanted to migrate features provided by IBM DB2. This allows database administrators to our SAP databases to focus on more advanced tasks instead of basic system maintenance.” IBM DB2 to reduce Real-time insights database sizes and In the past, sales and inventory data was updated once a day with a improve the performance nightly batch run. By deploying SAP Business All-in-One, Pneuhage of our systems with the gained real-time visibility of inventory data and sales figures from all shops. The integrated solution also eliminated error-prone data integrated compression exchanges between different legacy systems, improving the reliability of features. The close the ERP solution. collaboration between “With SAP Business All-in-One, we can access current figures at IBM and SAP was any time,” says Ralf Brauer. “This real-time insight enables dynamic a significant asset optimization of inventory levels, helping us reduce waste while in performing the ensuring availability of those products that are most in demand. Now, migration quickly and we can react much quicker to changing market conditions. For a retailer, directly tracking supply against demand translates into larger without any technical sales and greater customer satisfaction.” problems.” Additionally, a consistent user experience across different applications — Jürgen Hiegle, Head of System and business areas improves usability and increases the efficiency Administration at Pneuhage of Pneuhage’s workforce. The implementation of SAP applications enabled the company to optimize and accelerate business processes that were not supported by its legacy IT systems. Making savings with ultra-efficient IBM technology Pneuhage avoided additional costs of 25 percent by migrating to IBM Power Systems instead of an x86 processor-based solution. “Operating a consistent server landscape is, of course, much easier than a number of different systems,” says Ralf Brauer. “And having fewer servers automatically reduces the workload for the IT administrators significantly.” “IBM provided not only the more cost-efficient solution, but also proved to be a reliable long-term partner for our IT,” says Ralf Brauer. “Projects are not only about costs, but also about collaboration. Based on the successful implementation of IBM Power Systems and the smooth migration to IBM DB2, we are currently working with IBM on a project to upgrade our SAP Business All-in-One system.” For more information For more information about IBM Power Systems, contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit us at: ibm.com/power
    • © Copyright IBM Corporation 2013IBM Deutschland GmbH71137 EhningenDeutschlandibm.com/deIBM ÖsterreichObere Donaustrasse 951020 Wienibm.com/atIBM SchweizVulkanstrasse 1068010 Zürichibm.com/chProduced in GermanyJanuary 2013IBM, the IBM logo, ibm.com, BladeCenter, DB2, Power, Power Systems, POWER7,PowerVM and System Storage are trademarks of International Business MachinesCorp., registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Other product and servicenames might be trademarks of IBM or other companies. A current list of IBMtrademarks is available on the web at “Copyright and trademark information” atibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml.Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, othercountries, or both.UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and othercountries.This document is current as of the initial date of publication and may be changedby IBM at any time. Not all offerings are available in every country in which IBMoperates.The client examples cited are presented for illustrative purposes only. Actualperformance results may vary depending on specific configurations and operatingconditions.It is the user’s responsibility to evaluate and verify the operation of any otherproducts or programs with IBM products and programs. THE INFORMATION INTHIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY,EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OFMERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND ANYWARRANTY OR CONDITION OF NON-INFRINGEMENT. IBM products arewarranted according to the terms and conditions of the agreements under which theyare provided. SAP Business All-in-One and SAP DBA Cockpit are not IBM productsor offerings. SAP Business All-in-One and SAP DBA Cockpit are sold or licensed, asthe case may be, to users under SAP’s terms and conditions, which are provided withthe product or offering. Availability, and any and all warranties, services and supportfor SAP Business All-in-One and SAP DBA Cockpit are the direct responsibility of,and are provided directly to users by, SAP.Actual available storage capacity may be reported for both uncompressed andcompressed data and will vary and may be less than stated. Please Recycle BLC03099-DEEN-01