IBM DB2 offers a range of automation capabilities and very close integration with SAP software, especially the SAP NetWeaver DBA Cockpit, and the migration reduced license costs and simplified database administration substantially.

—Fredy Zenklusen, SAP Basis Manage, Lonza Group

Business Challenge story

Global life sciences company Lonza constantly seeks to increase its business efficiency, looking for ways to reduce costs while simultaneously increasing service capacity. Additionally, Lonza must comply with industry regulatory obligations, reporting externally and internally on operations.

As total data volumes grew, the costs of storing and analyzing information in its Oracle databases increased, and it was clear that a new long-term strategy was required to meet business cost-reduction targets.


Lonza highlighted database costs as the critical issue, which it solved by migrating from Oracle software to IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, assisted by IBM Global Technology Services.

Lonza analyzed the potential cost savings that a change to IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows would deliver. Advanced data compression technologies promised to reduce the total data storage capacity required, and, combined with in-memory data compression and other efficiencies, IBM DB2 would cost less to own, administer and operate.


Gained application performance improvements of 10 percent, reduced software license costs by more than 65 percent; cut disk space requirements by 50 percent, lessened database administration workload.

Solution category

  • IBM Hybrid Cloud
  • Solution components

    • DB2 Administration Toolkit SAP