This really was an impressive accomplishment by the IBM team: migrating more than 100 SAP systems to a completely new operating system and database in six months and with no disruption.

Markus Wierl, Service Owner of SAP Infrastructure, AUDI AG

Business Challenge story

AUDI AG builds family, sport and luxury supercars, competing with global auto companies. As low-cost manufacturers develop their own brands, Audi seeks to turn the tables by creating super-efficient business processes. The IT Services Department at Audi needed to help the company address several broad business challenges, including: increasing demands from employees, customers and suppliers; the need to support new technologies; rising cost pressures; variable sales volumes; and growing competition.


Working with IBM Systems and Technology Group, IBM Global Technology Services and IBM Software Group, Audi migrated more than 100 SAP systems (including more than 30 SAP landscapes and 26 high-availability clusters) from HP-UX with Oracle 10g database to IBM AIX 6.1 with IBM DB2 9.7. This huge migration was completed in just six months, with no disruption to Audi’s business.


The IBM Power Systems and BladeCenter hardware requires 20 to 40 percent less energy than competing solutions from other vendors, while delivering higher performance and availability. With on-demand server capacity, Audi can expand and shrink processing capacity on the fly, switching on additional processors and memory on a temporary basis and paying only for what is used, enabling it to synchronize its IT capabilities and costs with changing patterns in external demand. The ability to switch on space capacity also enables greater business growth within the existing infrastructure.

Solution category

  • IBM Cloud
  • Solution Components

    • GTS IS Systems Services: Server Managed Services
    • IBM-SAP Alliance
    • SAP CRM
    • SAP ERP
    • SAP ERP Financials
    • SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM)
    • SAP NetWeaver
    • SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse
    • SAP NetWeaver Portal