Sabó drives database costs down by migrating SAP applications to IBM DB2

Published on 29-Mar-2010

Validated on 09 Dec 2013

"DB2 is the perfect partner for the Sabó SAP infrastructure, and it has delivered significant benefits to our organization. The 50 percent reduction in database size has led to a saving of 18 percent in outsourcing fees, and these lower costs and added benefits will contribute to our success." - Alessandro Laurenti, IT Manager, Sabó

Customer:
Sabó Industria e Comércio de Autopeças Ltda (Sabó)

Industry:
Automotive

Deployment country:
Brazil

Solution:
Database Management, Optimizing IT, Optimizing IT

IBM Business Partner:
SAP

Overview

Sabó Industria e Comércio de Autopeças Ltda (Sabó) supplies some of the largest automakers in Brazil. The company employs 3,000 people at sites in 11 countries including Brazil, USA and Argentina, and has operations in 70 countries world-wide. Founded in 1942, Sabó has won more than 250 awards and quality certifications, and is well known for its strong Corporate Social Responsibility program.

Business need:
Auto component supplier Sabó had outsourced its SAP infrastructure and was charged according to the size of its database. In an intensely competitive marketplace, it was essential both to reduce costs and to improve customer service. A planned upgrade to its business-critical SAP applications meant Sabó needed a new database solution, one which would cut operating costs and enhance business performance.

Solution:
Sabó achieved a successful migration of its SAP database to IBM DB2 in only three months. Using IBM DB2 Deep Compression technology, Sabó was able to decrease database size by more than 50 percent, from 1.4TB to 560GB.

Benefits:
The significant data volume reductions achieved by using DB2 Deep Compression technologies have helped Sabó reduce its outsourcing costs by 18 percent, making a direct contribution to the IT bottom line. Database growth has been cut by 40 percent, from 11GB per month to 6GB, eliminating significant costs. Reduced operating expenses translate directly into enhanced competitive advantage.

Case Study

Sabó Industria e Comércio de Autopeças Ltda (Sabó) supplies some of the largest automakers in Brazil. The company employs 3,000 people at sites in 11 countries including Brazil, USA and Argentina, and has operations in 70 countries world-wide. Founded in 1942, Sabó has won more than 250 awards and quality certifications, and is well known for its strong Corporate Social Responsibility program.

Sabó relies on an extensive SAP ERP applications infrastructure to manage its supply chain, implemented at several sites. With SAP applications such as materials manager, production planning and sales and distribution all essential to operations, Sabó wanted to ensure that the company was fully aligned with the SAP roadmap for support and upgrade. This would enable Sabó to take advantage of new efficiency and productivity features.

Sabó had been using Informix database technology to support its applications. Informix was not certified for operation with the latest versions of SAP software, and the company could see that early action was required to continue with its established SAP upgrade path. Sabó reviewed a variety of database options including IBM DB2, Oracle and SQL Server technologies to replace Informix.

Alessandro Laurenti, IT Manager at Sabó, explains, “We considered our options very carefully, as SAP applications are central to our business. The excellent integration between SAP ERP components and IBM DB2 and the promise of up to 40 percent savings on data volumes made the IBM offering stand out. We also realized that migrating to Oracle database would have required us to purchase an additional, separate license, translating to higher final costs.

“When Sabó learnt that the license fee for IBM DB2 was included in the SAP package, the choice was clear, and the combination of very high functionality and a compelling commercial proposition led us to choose DB2.”

Taking advantage of deep compression
Sabó uses an external service provider to host its SAP databases, and the provider’s fees are based on total database size. IBM DB2 includes an innovative storage optimization feature, Deep Compression, which can decrease disk space requirements by an average of 40 percent.

For Sabó, the prospect of reduced database volumes translates directly into cost savings. Not only can DB2 Deep Compression significantly reduce the storage space required, it can also improve performance by speeding up query processing times and freeing up memory for other operations.

“The promises made by DB2 Deep Compression technology almost seemed too good to be true, but the results speak for themselves. Our database has shrunk from 1.4TB on Informix to just 560GB with DB2 – an impressive reduction of more than 50 percent,” says Alessandro Laurenti.

“The monthly growth of our database has also been slashed by 40 percent from 11GB per month to only 6GB. Add to this a 10 percent reduction in hardware usage and, overall, this has delivered an18 percent cut in maintenance costs, a significant benefit to the business.”

Completing a complex migration
Once Sabó had chosen DB2, it worked with an external infrastructure partner to create a plan for the migration project. Two employees from the external partner focused on migrating the company’s data swiftly and securely to the DB2 platform in just three months. Input from the in-house team at Sabó was minimal, with their own consultants acting in a supervisory role.

“The external experts were best placed to handle the entire process – as our long-time partners they knew our systems inside-out. The migration was completed in three months, with no need for input from our employees, leaving us free to focus on meeting our business objectives. We encountered no technical problems and were very happy with the result,” says Alessandro Laurenti.

Enjoying the benefits
DB2 proves that security does not have to affect performance, with the integrated Workload Manager making it possible to handle higher volumes with minimal overhead. DB2 allows rapid backups and high availability configurations to be set up in minutes, allowing recovery in seconds as clients are seamlessly redirected to a secondary database.

“Our database lies at the core of all operations, and knowing that in the event of service being disrupted our systems will automatically failover to a standby system makes us confident that our customers will not be affected in any way.

“This means we can promise our customers consistently superior performance in any circumstances, a key competitive advantage,” comments Alessandro Laurenti.

“It was a priority for us that the end-user perspective remained unchanged. The implementation of DB2 achieved this, and even allows us to run most database administration activities while data remains online.”

Leveraging SAP applications
“We cannot overstate the significance of the SAP applications to our business, as they allow us to optimize use of resources by aligning supply with demand, eliminating waste, and enabling high levels of customer service.”

Alessandro Laurenti concludes: “DB2 is the perfect partner for the Sabó SAP infrastructure, and it has delivered significant benefits to our organization. The 50 percent reduction in database size has led to a saving of 18 percent in outsourcing fees, and these lower costs and added benefits will contribute to our success. We see a long future with DB2 as our platform of choice.”

Products and services used

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

Software:
DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows

Service:
IBM-SAP Alliance

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