We asked SAP for advice, they recommended DB2: it is their preferred database, and they work closely with IBM to optimize performance and reliability via a strategic roadmap for synchronized development. In fact, the close alliance between IBM and SAP is a major advantage in all respects, because it ensures good technical support and a stable platform for the future.

Edwin Joseph, Head of IT, Gabriel India Ltd,

Business Challenge story

Gabriel India Ltd operates six main manufacturing sites across the country, and plans to open additional plants in northern India. To streamline operations and support growth, the company wanted to move to a single central enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that would support manufacturing processes as well as finance and distribution.


The company upgraded from its existing SAP Business One solution to SAP ERP 6.0, and migrated from HP hardware and Microsoft SQL Server to a fully IBM solution: an IBM DB2 database running on two IBM Power 520 servers and supported by an IBM System Storage DS5020 disk system. The company also upgraded its network infrastructure, providing faster access to SAP applications for users across the country.


Created a common platform for managing all major corporate processes from procurement through to distribution. For the first time, production processes at all six manufacturing sites will be controlled by a single central system, boosting efficiencies and making better use of resources. The IBM Power servers and DB2 optimize SAP performance to deliver faster response times for users across India, as well as providing headroom for expansion in line with the company’s growth plans.

  • Other
    • GTS Integrated Technology Services
    • IBM-SAP Alliance
    • Power Systems
    • SAP ERP
    • SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse
    • Storage: Cisco MDS Switches
    • Storage: DS5020
    • Storage: IBM TS3100 Tape Library