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Customer Name: Pharmaoverseas

Industry: Manufacturing and Commercial Sector

Project Name: SAP S/4HANA running on IBM Power Systems, IBM FlashSystem and IBM Storwize for PharmaOverseas

Offering: IT systems

Customer Need:

PharmaOverseas, a leading medical distributor in Egypt that had its business growing as a result they found it crucial to update their IT systems to keep pace with their growing business.  PharmaOverseas were seeking to introduce new analytics capabilities with the existing processes. Moving to SAP S/4HANA® applications powered by IBM® Power Systems™ and IBM Storage Pharmaoverseas will easily achieve its growth ambitions.

Project Solution Description:

SAP S/4HANA running on IBM Power Systems, IBM FlashSystem and IBM Storwize is a solution that can flex to meet the changing demand of the business. Pharmaoverseas supported its business processes with SAP ERP solutions, originally implemented on Intel-based servers. To enable greater total capacity and scalability, the company subsequently migrated these solutions to SAP ERP running on IBM Power Systems servers. They have selected two IBM Power Systems E980 servers, powered by POWER9™ processors, running the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications operating system. The SAP S/4HANA landscape is distributed in a high-availability configuration between the servers using SAP Database Replication and IBM PowerHA. Pharmaoverseas deployed IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (now IBM Spectrum Protect) to handle database and file backup. By using the sophisticated virtualization capabilities of IBM PowerVM®, Pharmaoverseas can run separate production, test, quality assurance and development instances. This configuration enables IT teams to optimize each virtual machine with processor, bandwidth and memory resources that deliver the best possible SAP S/4HANA performance. As the business grows and workloads rise, Pharmaoverseas will use IBM Elastic Capacity on Demand to enable increased processing capacity for short-term requirements, perhaps during colder weather or when people holiday on the coast and local demand rises. Similarly, as the business grows Pharmaoverseas can take advantage of IBM Elastic Capacity on Demand to buy additional long-term capacity to match the workload.

Solution Benefits:

The proposed solution to PharmaOverseas will provide them various benefits that will enable them reach their ambitioned growth. Starting with sales orders, pharmacists can now place orders directly on the Pharmaoverseas e-commerce site, direct ordering reduces error rates and enables a straight-through sales process that feeds the stock control, logistics and finance applications in SAP S/4HANA. Through this solution, they can improve their service to pharmacists as they get to know all the required information related to any medicine and promotions. Overcoming any delays that may occur, faster data recovery time, eliminating stock-outs and reducing delivery delays. The Power 9 servers offer the scaling out and in feature that makes them fit the need of the business. The move to SAP S/4HANA was completed smoothly and successfully, on time and on budget.