We have succeeded in reducing the total cost of ownership by 45 percent, delivering a fast return on investment for the project, and keeping maintenance costs low both now and in the future.

Wolfgang Pelzer, Senior Executive Manager for Application Development and Maintenance, Fraport AG

Business Challenge story

Fraport AG operates Frankfurt International Airport and is involved in 12 other airports around the world. To succeed in this highly competitive industry, the company needs to keep its costs as low as possible while maintaining excellent service levels. The SAP® systems are a key component of operations at Frankfurt International Airport; but data volumes were growing rapidly, making these systems increasingly expensive to support.


Working with IBM®, the company migrated its SAP applications from the Oracle database platform to IBM DB2®. Following a successful proof of concept project and a month of careful planning, the main migration of the 26 SAP systems hosted in the data centre in Frankfurt was completed within just five months. Subsequently, Fraport AG upgraded its server landscape to the latest IBM POWER7® technology, delivering further benefits.


Reduced total cost of ownership for the SAP database platform by 45 percent. Compressed and reorganised databases, reducing sizes by an average of 47 percent and saving nearly 6 TB of disk storage. Improved SAP performance by 10 percent on average, and up to 25 percent on critical billing processes. Simplified management processes, minimising the need to retrain database administrators. Utilised IBM POWER7 technologies to boost performance by a further 30 percent, even while reducing the total number of processors by half.

  • Other
    • IBM Power Systems
    • IBM-SAP Alliance
    • SAP ERP
    • SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM)
    • SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse
    • SAP NetWeaver Portal
    • Software Services for Information Management