IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator and IBM Flex System solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator

Executive summary

The goal - Extend your business insight

With growing amounts of data in every business area and more users needing access to this data, your business environment requires fast and targeted information insight delivered to all levels of management within the enterprise. IBM Systems Solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator and the IBM Flex System solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator greatly extend the reach of your existing SAP NetWeaver® Business Warehouse environment with out-of-the-box speed and flexibility.

The advantage - Building on a foundation for reporting and analytics

Timely access to relevant information has always been critical to business success. With new data sources and increased access, managing, processing and making sense of huge data volumes is even more important. SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) leads the way in providing a complete picture of your business from diverse data sources.

As a component of the SAP NetWeaver platform, SAP NetWeaver BW combines powerful business warehouse infrastructure and data warehousing functionality, plus a comprehensive set of tools, planning and simulation capabilities. The new SAP BW accelerator extends the reach of traditional SAP NetWeaver BW environments to near real-time by improving the speed of query processing—up to 200 times.

The benefits - Near real-time analytics for better and faster business decisions

Giving people access to management information enables them to make better day-to-day tactical and strategic business decisions and maximizes the efficiency of business processes. The IBM Systems Solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator and the IBM Flex System solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator are designed to extend the traditional SAP NetWeaver BW solution by delivering:

Business view

The goal - Focus on business processes, not infrastructure

Timely access to relevant information has always been critical to business success. You want to base your decisions on the full range of information available, but your business has amassed huge amounts of data. As the volume of available information grows and analytical tools become more sophisticated, the task of maintaining real-time performance becomes more challenging. The IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator and the IBM Flex System solution for SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator can address the challenges.

The advantage - An open, integrated portfolio of products and services

For over 40 years, IBM and SAP have helped enterprises like yours synchronize their business and technology strategies, streamline their company's processes, and design, construct and operate a cohesive business framework.

The benefits - Unprecedented flexibility for queries and report requests

SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW) paints a complete picture of your business, integrating data from across the enterprise and beyond, and then transforming it into practical, timely business information. Adding the IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator or the IBM Flex System solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator turbo-charges your business warehouse computing environment. Our solutions can help:

The approach - Bayer Material Science speeds business warehouse

Bayer Material Science (BMS) needed a solution that could cope with the rapid growth in data volume generated within its SAP NetWeaver® Business Warehouse (BW) data warehouse.

If it could collate data and produce meaningful information more rapidly, the company would be well positioned to respond to a fast-changing marketplace. Bayer implemented a high-performance information analysis system solution, based on SAP NetWeaver with BW accelerator on IBM BladeCenter® technology.

The solution enables advanced dashboards and analytics, which take data from the underlying applications and provide reporting on all aspects of business performance, including production, sales and supply chain operations. The benefits include remarkably faster business query results, meaning Bayer can answer ad hoc and "what-if?" questions more quickly, producing meaningful information that helps the company to innovate and stay ahead of its competitors.

The financial advantage - See faster response times to query environments

Particularly for large organizations managing high volumes of data, the ability to extend and maximize existing IT investments can translate to millions of dollars in annual savings in hardware and other database-related costs. In addition, improved productivity and process agility can translate to millions of dollars in annual revenue growth. The IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator and the IBM Flex System solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator are designed to:

Technical details

The issues - Crunch through terabytes of data in seconds

Increasing data volumes, growing numbers of end users, long load times and shorter decision cycles are requiring more business flexibility and increasing refresh rates for data warehouses. It's not enough to deliver information faster to decision makers. You need a way to support rapid prototyping and more flexible ad hoc queries. The IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator and the IBM Flex System solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator can help you analyze large amounts of critical information up to 200-times faster than alternative tools.

The benchmark - Quantum leap performance

Why IBM with SAP?

Why BW accelerator with IBM Flex System, IBM BladeCenter® and IBM System x3850 X5?

The components - Near real-time analytics

The IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator and the IBM Flex System solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator are provided as a "Turn-Key" solutions using a pre-configured highly scalable architecture. The IBM standard sizing matrix contains configurations for as little as 2 Blades and offers seamless growth to support the largest possible configurations, which makes choosing the right configuration easy and fast.

If you have smaller data requirements, you can use the IBM System x3850 X5 for memory capacity requirements between 128GB and 256GB. The x3850 X5 configuration can also serve as a transition platform to SAP HANA™ if you plan to implement SAP HANA in the near future.

Components for the standard offering based on IBM Flex System include:

Components for the standard offering based on IBM BladeCenter include:

Components for the offering based on IBM System x3850 X5 include:

IBM collaborated with SAP and Intel® in the development of the solution by using advanced software and hardware technology optimizations to maximize performance and scalability. Intel has worked intensively with SAP to optimize the solution for the Intel Xeon processors used in IBM's Flex System, BladeCenter, and eX5 servers.

The implementation - A tremendous performance boost

The process of gathering and analyzing data across Bayer Material Science's (BMS) large enterprise led to rapid growth in the volume of data in their existing systems. A data volume of 2TB had already been exceeded and the forecast for growth was more than 1TB per annum, reaching 20TB by 2012. This led to a slowdown in system response time. BMS needed to structure its SAP NetWeaver BW data warehouse to be faster and future-viable.

The company selected the IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator to speed management reporting and analysis. The solution uses storage and server infrastructure with redundant components, offering very high availability and reliability, with point-in-time and volume copying for disaster recovery as well as synchronous and asynchronous mirroring options. The result is remarkably faster business query results—a 40 percent performance improvement for selected queries.

SCHWENK Zement found that deploying IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator has delivered business intelligence query response performance up to 100 times faster on an integrated solution that reduces impact on production systems and is also capable of near-linear expansion as needs grow.

The cost of ownership - Significant TCO reduction

The IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator and the Flex System solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator deliver the best combination of price and performance while accelerating the functional use of your existing SAP business warehouse environment. The solutions can help:

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