Scalable platform for SAP retail solutions
from IBM

The challenge

Can a solution be stable and scalable? Yes.
Retailers large and small face a daily forecasting and replenishment cycle that includes managing inventory and controlling pricing and promotions—all by anticipating shoppers’ needs. That anticipation relies on integrating point-of-sale (POS) intelligence with customer buying habits. And that information relies on a supply chain that can provide automated replenishment based on stock information, supplier restrictions and factors that influence demand. Driving it all is an infrastructure that has to grow as your business grows.

The solution

A platform for your volume today… and tomorrow
The scalable platform for SAP retail solutions from IBM is built on our shared goal of enabling efficient integration between SAP applications and the IBM Dynamic Infrastructure. The platform can include:

The benefits

One platform for 300 to 3000 stores
Together, IBM and SAP initiated the Retail Trilogy Project, a multi-month, multi-million dollar proof of technology project for the retail industry. Through rigorous testing, the project proved that SAP applications can be scaled from small to large industry volumes—up to 3000 stores, 75,000 active SKUs, 32 million POS transactions, multiple distribution centers—on a choice of IBM platforms. The testing demonstrated linear scalability at the highest volumes indicating that even larger volumes could be supported with additional resources. No upward limit was indicated.

The project focused on three solutions—the Retail Trilogy—that address time-critical and scalability concerns for retailers. The Retail Trilogy includes:

The alliance partnership

A winning team for retail
As one of our longest standing global alliances, IBM and SAP bring together the full spectrum of best-practices offerings, research and industry experience. Together we've pooled our knowledge of the retail industry to offer a comprehensive solution to help retailers innovate and achieve success. We can help you drive enterprise transformation from strategy and design, through systems design and implementation to full life cycle management.

The IBM and SAP alliance builds on more than 30 years of leadership, continuous collaboration, innovation and service to our joint clients. Our modular, relationship-based business framework is designed to deliver the highest levels of connectivity, control, integration and collaboration at every link in your value chain—from employees to suppliers to customers.

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