Industry: Travel & Transportation
Solution: IT Infrastructure
Geography: Americas

Della Volpe delivers the goods on time, every time

Brazilian road cargo company turbocharges capabilities with IBM and SAP

Pioneering a change of gear

Managing millions of deliveries each month demands diligent planning and the ability to adapt to ever-changing customer needs. Road cargo specialist Della Volpe enhanced core capabilities by co-deploying SAP Transportation Management with SAP S/4HANA® on IBM® Power® Systems servers and IBM Storage as an SAP S/4HANA Tailored Datacenter Integration. With S/4HANA deployed in under three months, Della Volpe has increased system reliability, shrunk its datacenter footprint, and cut operational costs.

New era of efficiency

Enhancing its core transportation management activities with SAP S/4HANA on IBM infrastructure enables Della Volpe to turbocharge business efficiency with streamlined processes, simplified infrastructure management, and greater operational efficiency.

Becoming more robust, reliable, and resilient

By moving to automated, digitized transportation management workflows supported by SAP S/4HANA running on IBM Power Systems servers and IBM Storage, Della Volpe is reducing IT infrastructure and maintenance costs while significantly improving operational efficiency.

Gilberto Della Volpe, CEO at Della Volpe, comments: “Transporting on time across a large country, with quality and security, to exceed customer expectations is our goal. Being the best road transportation solution, improving our logistics operations, and decreasing time and costs is our journey. SAP S/4HANA will play a crucial role in helping us to achieve the productivity, traceability, and predictability required by our business."

With mission-critical SAP applications running on ultra-flexible IBM systems infrastructure, Della Volpe ensures that it has the capabilities it needs to support logistics planning, order processing, invoicing, order tracking and much more.

“IBM Power Systems servers and IBM FlashSystem® storage have revolutionized the way we manage the core applications that support our daily activities,” says Alexandre Prudente, SAP Infrastructure Manager. “We are now free from administration and have time to work on value-add activities that really motivate us to drive the business forward.”

Business Impact

With more than 26 years’ experience in the IT sector, IT TCS (external link) provides Brazilian businesses operating in multiple sectors with the consulting, data collection, implementation planning and infrastructure services they need to thrive. As such, IT TCS is squarely focused on helping its customers achieve business benefits and is committed to promoting best practices in all of the projects it undertakes.

Business Impact

  • 75% reduction in data center footprint thanks to Micro-Partitioning® and shared processor pools from IBM Power Systems servers with IBM PowerVM® virtualization
  • Three-month deployment for full SAP S/4HANA application suite
  • Boosts system capacity while increasing application performance and flexibility
  • Eliminates time-consuming system administration, enabling staff to focus on adding value

Facilitating growth

Transporting hundreds of millions of tons of cargo each month generates huge quantities of data—which must be processed quickly and accurately if deliveries are to arrive at their correct destination on time. And with its business expected to grow in the years ahead, Della Volpe knew that it was essential to develop a high availability application infrastructure that could process rising data volumes fast.

Della Volpe recognized that moving to SAP S/4HANA could yield significant operational and IT efficiency improvements as well as cost savings. However, the company’s existing IT infrastructure did not provide the flexibility and capacity to support the new implementation.

“We were keen to move to SAP S/4HANA, but we also wanted to keep our IT department lean and effective,” adds Alexandre Prudente. “We were using several x86 servers to support our existing SAP applications, and this way of working had become quite inflexible, with applications siloed on different servers. Adding more servers would significantly increase our infrastructure expenses, in addition to raising our footprint and energy costs. So, we set out to find a better approach.”

Industry-leading partnership

Della Volpe searched for an organization that could help the company to lead the way in the Brazilian transportation sector through technological innovation. 

"We were especially interested in deploying IBM Power Systems servers and IBM Storage to leverage the strong alliance between IBM and SAP, who work hand-in-glove to help organizations transform their businesses," says Alexandre Prudente. "This gives us confidence that the combined power of both companies’ solutions would help to drive our business forward.”

Working closely with IBM, Della Volpe was able to deliver the new SAP S/4HANA applications on IBM Power Systems and IBM Storage infrastructure from initial power-on to full project completion in under three months.

Alexandre Prudente adds: “We calculated that two IBM Power Systems servers could replace our existing eight application servers and, at the same time, give us increased capacity, improved performance and much greater flexibility.”

Walmir Basevic, SAP project manager, says: "Our project is innovative because it combines SAP S/4HANA and Transportation Management as our core systems, which we are pioneering in the cargo road carrier sector. Our scalable, flexible and reliable IBM Power Systems and IBM Storage infrastructure give us new opportunities to optimize our business.”

On the road to success

Della Volpe is working closely with IBM and IBM Business Partner IT Technology Consulting Solutions (IT TCS) to roll out SAP S/4HANA infrastructure across its entire organization, paving the way for a new era of efficiency.

Moving its entire SAP landscape from eight servers to just two IBM Power System H924 servers will also strengthen Della Volpe’s resilience against unexpected downtime. The company also decided to deploy IBM FlashSystem to meet growing needs for data storage over the long term.

Alexandre Prudente explains, “Thanks to IBM and our Business Partner IT TCS, we have already moved our full project landscapes to two new IBM Power System H924 servers, which are going to deliver high availability for our production systems. IT TCS played a key role in understanding our needs and helping to design a new agile, high availability architecture to support future growth.

“With fewer application servers in our IT estate, we have reduced our exposure to system downtime by eliminating several points of potential weakness in our architecture, while also freeing up existing hardware for non-SAP workloads. Strengthening our business continuity in this way means that we can keep the systems and processes that support our daily operations up and running around-the-clock.”

About the Partner

With more than 26 years’ experience in the IT sector, IT TCS (external link) provides Brazilian businesses operating in multiple sectors with the consulting, data collection, implementation planning and infrastructure services they need to thrive. As such, IT TCS is squarely focused on helping its customers achieve business benefits and is committed to promoting best practices in all of the projects it undertakes.

About the Partner

With more than 26 years’ experience in the IT sector, IT TCS (external link) provides Brazilian businesses operating in multiple sectors with the consulting, data collection, implementation planning and infrastructure services they need to thrive. As such, IT TCS is squarely focused on helping its customers achieve business benefits and is committed to promoting best practices in all of the projects it undertakes.

First-of-a-kind deployment

Della Volpe will be one of the world’s first road cargo carriers to use SAP S/4HANA to support mission-critical transportation management.

“As one of the first travel and transportation companies to implement SAP S/4HANA, we knew that we would encounter unexpected challenges,” continues Alexandre Prudente. “IBM went above and beyond to help us to find effective solutions to issues as they arose and kept us on track to deploy the SAP S/4HANA infrastructure project in under three months.”

In addition to its new IBM Power Systems hardware investment, Della Volpe now uses IBM PowerVM to administer 15 logical partitions running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications (external link). The company manages 106 different storage volumes with IBM Spectrum® Virtualize, and will scale out its high availability production landscape.

Alexandre Prudente remarks, “IBM Spectrum Virtualize and IBM PowerVM give us the powerful, versatile tools that we need to create, update, and manage a large and growing application infrastructure. With IBM Power Systems servers and IBM Storage we can enjoy the added security and resiliency of an on-premises architecture without taking on an additional administrative burden.”

First-of-a-kind deployment

Della Volpe will be one of the world’s first road cargo carriers to use SAP S/4HANA to support mission-critical transportation management.

“As one of the first travel and transportation companies to implement SAP S/4HANA, we knew that we would encounter unexpected challenges,” continues Alexandre Prudente. “IBM went above and beyond to help us to find effective solutions to issues as they arose and kept us on track to deploy the SAP S/4HANA infrastructure project in under three months.”

In addition to its new IBM Power Systems hardware investment, Della Volpe now uses IBM PowerVM to administer 15 logical partitions running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications (external link). The company manages 106 different storage volumes with IBM Spectrum® Virtualize, and will scale out its high availability production landscape.

Alexandre Prudente remarks, “IBM Spectrum Virtualize and IBM PowerVM give us the powerful, versatile tools that we need to create, update, and manage a large and growing application infrastructure. With IBM Power Systems servers and IBM Storage we can enjoy the added security and resiliency of an on-premises architecture without taking on an additional administrative burden.”

About the company

Delivering over 170 million tons of cargo each month, Della Volpe (external link) is a leading provider of road cargo services for more than 500 customers in Brazil. From its headquarters in São Paulo, the company operates an extensive network of warehouses, with a combined capacity of 280 million square meters. Della Volpe employs over 1,300 people and achieved revenue of 130 million dollars in 2019.

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