"Newell Rubbermaid cleans up with SAP ERP solutions based on IBM DB2"
we know they knowNewell Rubbermaid cleans up with SAP ERPsolutions based on IBM DB2 Overview The Challenge performance, reliability and Key Solution Components With several independent databases availability, Newell Rubbermaid Industry: Consumer Products supporting SAP ERP and other deployed the new solution on IBM Applications: SAP® Business Suite business solutions, Newell Power Systems servers. components including financial Rubbermaid found it difficult to accounting, controlling, general report across the different operating The Benefits ledger, SAP Supplier Relationship units. With separate regional For the first time, Newell Management, SAP Supply Chain systems, the monthly, quarterly and Rubbermaid has a truly global view Management, SAP NetWeaver® year-end group finances required of operations. The SAP applications Business Warehouse and SAP complex integration processes, and allow rapid financial closing and NetWeaver Process Integration and caused frequent re-work of data as deep analysis of business SAP Enterprise Portal. figures were reconciled globally. performance by brand, region, sales Hardware: IBM ® Power Systems™ Opportunities to rationalize and much more. Specifically, the servers (models p550, p570, p590), procurement, supply chains and IBM Systems solution for SAP IBM Systems solution for SAP production were being missed, and NetWeaver Business Warehouse NetWeaver Business Warehouse without global sales order Accelerator enables Newell Accelerator (including IBM processing, it was hard to be certain Rubbermaid to process business BladeCenter® HS21 and IBM of business forecasts. intelligence queries on average 30 System Storage® DS4700 to 50 times faster, and in some technologies) The Solution cases, as much as twice as fast as Software: IBM AIX® 5.3, IBM Newell Rubbermaid chose to before, even without specific DB2® 9.5, IBM General Parallel File standardize on SAP Business Suite, optimization of aggregated data. System™, SUSE Linux Enterprise including the core SAP ERP DB2 deep compression has Server applications and SAP NetWeaver reduced average storage volumes Business Warehouse for worldwide by 58 percent, cutting total storage operations. Supporting the concept costs by $300,000 in year one. The of the integrated enterprise, Newell DB2 integrated data cockpit has Rubbermaid replaced its legacy reduced administrative workload by databases, Oracle and Adabas, with 25 percent, so just one database IBM DB2 as its global standard for administrator can now manage the all SAP applications. To ensure entire landscape.
“With the IBM Systems Newell Rubbermaid is a global, The executive team decided that the solution for SAP consumer-centric company focused best way to address these challenges on breakthrough product innovations was to introduce a single ERP solution NetWeaver Business for the home and family, office and and a single database standard, Warehouse Accelerator, commercial marketplaces. With sales implemented as an integrated solution we can process business of around $5.7 billion and at the corporate headquarters in intelligence queries internationally recognized brands, Atlanta, GA. Newell Rubbermaid many times, on average including Rubbermaid, Sharpie, selected a complete suite of SAP Calphalon, Dymo and Waterman Pens, Business Suite components for 30 to 50 times faster, the company is growing both business management, and SAP and in some cases, as organically and through its ongoing NetWeaver Business Warehouse for much as 100 percent acquisition program. business analysis and reporting, with improvement even IBM DB2 as the global information without specific With the purchase of other companies standard, all deployed on IBM Power and a history of internal development, Systems servers. optimization of Newell Rubbermaid had acquired a aggregated data.” mix of home-grown, Oracle and other Creighton Kelly, Director of IT for the business applications. With databases SAP Infrastructure, remarks, “The SAP Creighton Kelly Director of IT for the SAP Infrastructure from many different vendors and IBM solutions have been the Newell Rubbermaid supporting these systems, Newell catalyst in the push to drive up Rubbermaid found it difficult to report efficiency. We are streamlining across the different operating units. operations with SAP and IBM in a way With separate regional systems, that was simply not possible before.” monthly, quarterly and year-end group finances required complex integration Customer focus with SAP Business Suite processes, and caused frequent Newell Rubbermaid’s stated strategy re-work of data as figures were is based on developing a consumer- reconciled globally. Opportunities to centric culture within the company, rationalize procurement, supply chains creating innovative, brand-focused and production were being missed, business processes, combined with a and without global sales order highly collaborative, team-oriented processing, it was hard to be certain of organization of more than 23,500 business forecasts. people that can work as one, with global business units accessing a world-wide view of operations. The senior management team identified key areas where the company could maximize the benefits of a single world-view of operations, namely sales order processing, finance, and supply chain. To generate a global sales order report, for example, data had first to be assembled from each system, cleaned and standardized, and then analyzed. In total, across three principal instances of SAP business software in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific and other line-of-business solutions, Newell Rubbermaid was managing more than 130TB of data.
Newell Rubbermaid settled on SAP ad hoc query performance, which was “By using DB2 DeepBusiness Suite as offering the most essential for speed of global reaction. Compression, Newellcomprehensive range of solutions, Rubbermaid hascombined with proven business “In centralizing our business systems,analysis tools in SAP NetWeaver it was important to optimize the IT achieved averageBusiness Warehouse. Components infrastructure and resources and database compressiondeployed include finance, controlling, ensure availability. DB2 offered the ratios of 58 percent…materials management, SAP Supply ability to scale upwards without Additionally, databaseChain Management, SAP Supplier creating complexity, justifying the administration workloadRelationship Management, and SAP strategy and helping to meet theNetWeaver Process Integration, and intensive global reporting and analysis has been reduced bySAP Enterprise Portal. All the North workload.” around 25 percent, withAmerican Newell Rubbermaid offices the integrated DBAaccess the same core instances, and In total, Newell Rubbermaid has 64 Cockpit making amost of the local applications have DB2 instances running in the significant contributionbeen phased out. environment, managed by one database administrator. DB2 covers all to our cost-savingAdditionally, for fast business analysis areas, such as production, objectives.” and understanding, Newell development, test and quality Creighton KellyRubbermaid has implemented SAP assurance databases, as well as for Director of IT for the SAP InfrastructureNetWeaver Business Warehouse and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Newell Rubbermaidthe IBM Systems solution for SAP and the related SAP BW AcceleratorNetWeaver Business Warehouse component, and for select otherAccelerator. non-SAP applications.“By implementing SAP Warehouse “By using DB2 Deep CompressionManagement and SAP Supply Chain during the migration from Adabas,Management, management of our Oracle and other data sources, Newellphysical inventory has improved Rubbermaid has achieved averagesignificantly,” says Creighton Kelly. database compression ratios of 58“Inventories have decreased an percent, and average savings per SAPaverage of 30 percent, Inventory Days NetWeaver Business Warehouseon Hand has decreased 15 percent, instance of some 1.2TB,” saysand Inventory Turns have increased by Creighton Kelly. “In production23 percent across those businesses systems, Newell Rubbermaid haslive on SAP solutions.” realized close to 80 percent reduction in size for the largest tables.Centralized success with IBM DB2Critical to project success was the “Additionally, database administrationchoice of IBM DB2 as the standard workload has been reduced by around TECHNICAL LANDSCAPEdatabase. 25 percent, with the integrated DBA Servers: IBM Power Systems p550, Cockpit making a significant p570, p590, with P5 1.9GHz and P6“Our objectives were to optimize contribution to our cost-saving 1.6GHz processorsperformance, minimize our operational objectives.” Software: IBM AIX 5.3, IBM DB2risks and reduce costs,” says Creighton version 9.5 with 64 DB2 instances.Kelly. “We identified that IBM DB2 Global operations on IBM Power Systems SAP Business Suite componentswould offer us greater performance The Newell Rubbermaid SAP Business including SAP NetWeaver Businesswith our SAP applications, particularly Suite solutions handle some 15 million Warehouse 7.0 and IBM Systemswhen using its advanced compression sub-second dialog steps each month, solution for SAP NetWeaver Businesstechnology, which would result in covering every aspect of the business Warehouse Acceleratorquicker business insights for our 4,500 from sales entry through payment and Users: 4,500 totalusers. Particularly, we predicted better supplier re-order processes. It was