To keep its business on the cutting edge, Arvato Systems continually invests in leading technology systems. This includes IBM Db2, which the company has used for more than 30 years.
Martin Heitkämper explains: “Our history with Db2 goes back decades. IBM Db2 has never let us down—it delivers great reliability and excellent performance at a very competitive cost—and that’s why we continue to use it to this day.”
Arvato Systems’ customers can rely on Db2 to support a range of mission-critical workloads, including a host of SAP environments. The company has recently upgraded to the latest version of Db2—taking advantage of enhanced capabilities such as Db2 pureScale® and IBM BLU Acceleration to supercharge scalability and performance.
“IBM is continuously developing the platform and that helps us stay at the forefront and take advantage of the latest database technology,” remarks Martin Heitkämper. “For instance, with pureScale we can seamlessly increase and reduce capacity as customer needs change. This enables us to guarantee predictable performance even when demand spikes, and ensure that we are never over-provisioning client environments—helping keep costs down.”
Arvato’s clients largely take advantage of BLU Acceleration to support SAP Business Warehouse and SAP Solution Manager environments, streamlining application workload and speeding data access.
Martin Heitkämper adds: “IBM BLU Acceleration allows us to process data at lightning speed, giving our clients incredibly fast answers to their analytics queries. And as BLU Acceleration is optimized for SAP applications, delivering greater performance with fewer resources, our clients running SAP on Db2 can get more out of their investment.”
With the latest version of Db2, Arvato Systems is also perfectly positioned to help clients make the move to the cloud. Martin Heitkämper says: “More and more of our clients are showing interest in cloud services, and Db2 is proving to be a valuable asset here. As the platform spans both on-premises and cloud environments, it’s easy for customers to bring their applications and workloads into the cloud, whether they want the benefits of a hybrid cloud or a private cloud.”
Reaching new heights of success
By taking advantage of Db2’s leading performance, Arvato Systems can empower customers with the ultra-fast, detailed insight they need to drive smarter decision-making and run better businesses.
Martin Heitkämper comments: “Many customers who have moved to the latest version of Db2 have seen great performance enhancements. For one of our clients, a manufacturer, we were able to shorten the runtime for one query from 15 seconds to under one second, which is 93 percent faster than before. We took another of their queries down from 19 seconds to 10 seconds—a 47 percent improvement. We have many more examples of clients seeing similar performance gains, even on standard functionality.
“The ability to analyze huge amounts of data quickly and thoroughly enables decision-makers to spot new trends and seize opportunities earlier, strengthening their company’s competitive advantage.”
Additionally, trusting in a rock-solid database platform like Db2 means that customers can count on high levels of availability for their data.
“Reliability is another big plus point with IBM Db2,” notes Martin Heitkämper. “Many of our customers have mission-critical operations relying on their database, and can’t afford for it to go down, even for the shortest amount of time. With Db2 we can ensure continuous availability of critical data—and that’s something you can’t put a price on.”
Arvato Systems’ relentless commitment to innovation and improvement helps its customers to get the most out of their IT systems, and helps the service provider stay ahead in a fiercely competitive industry.
Martin Heitkämper concludes: “With IBM, we can continue to bring cutting-edge capabilities within easy reach of our clients—helping them run better businesses, and helping Arvato Systems stay on track for success in today’s ultra-competitive IT services market.”