Business Challenge story

To stay ahead of the game with fresh innovation, business users at Bosch need super-fast, highly personalized IT services and the ability to enhance and add functionality on-the-fly.


With SAP S/4HANA, Bosch gains deep operational insight. Massive performance from the underlying IBM® Power Systems™ servers and SAP HANA database support rapid analytical queries.



flexibility, fostering a culture of innovation


IT teams from routine management, so they can focus on value-add activities


reliability, performance and flexibility from SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems

Business challenge story

Becoming more competitive

As competition on the technology market heats up, Bosch’s IT division is under pressure to provide flexible, rapid services for its diverse team of business users. However, satisfying evolving customer requirements became increasingly difficult as the performance and agility of Bosch’s IT estate was outpaced by rising demand.

Business users wanted fast, multifunctional IT systems that would support innovation, yet Bosch’s legacy systems made delivering this requirement difficult and time-intensive. Each time a business user required more functionality and faster performance, the IT team had to manually install and configure new systems – a time-consuming process. To support the pace of innovation, the company began looking for a better way of working.

Using IBM POWER8 systems for the SAP HANA deployment gives us much more flexibility than we had before.

Eric Thorwirth, Senior Manager Server Services, Bosch

Transformation story

Boosting agility and performance

Bosch implemented SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA on IBM Power Systems, enabling the company to advance business agility and increase performance. SAP HANA provides a whole host of new functionalities that can be utilized by many business departments, from finance to development. Bosch also uses SAP S/4HANA Finance to simplify the way it manages billing and financial data and give users greater visibility and granularity of data. In future, Bosch plans to deploy high availability and disaster recovery solutions, some of which are already in place across two data centers.

The Power Systems servers are virtualized using IBM PowerVM® technology. Bosch uses IBM Cloud Orchestrator to manage and create cloud environments. In fact, business users can now deploy their own software without relying on administrators for support.

Results story

Promoting innovation

Business users at Bosch can deploy systems rapidly as and when they need with minimal support from IT, fostering a culture of innovation. For example, if a business user wants to resize or restructure a database, the IT team can modulate its cloud infrastructure with the click of a button. By reducing the dependency on IT, the company unlocks time savings and gains efficiency, and allows IT personnel to focus on value-add activities.

In future, Bosch is considering deploying additional SAP solutions, including SAP Hybris and SAP® BW/4HANA.

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Bosch Group

Robert Bosch is a worldwide operating company, employing 374,000 people and generating annual revenues of EUR 70 billion. Bosch operates its own IT division employing approximately 4,000 people.

Solution components

  • IBM Power Systems
  • IBM-SAP Alliance
  • SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse
  • Software - PowerVM (not HPC, nor VA Linux)

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