7-Eleven finds SAP applications and IBM i provide the greatest convenience
“Running SAP ERP 6.0 and SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0 requires a high-performance infrastructure, and our business model requires continuous availability. We knew that IBM i and Power Systems could provide the right architecture to support our strategic objectives.” Dennis Lewis Chief Information Officer 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd
“Features like dynamic logical partitioning and integration with Windows-based systems mean that IBM i and Power Systems can provide near-100 per cent availability for our SAP and non-SAP applications, while ensuring high utilization of resources and a very attractive TCO.” Dennis Lewis Chief Information Officer 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd
7-Eleven finds SAP applications and IBM i provide the greatest convenience About this paper This paper describes an implementation of the SAP® Business Suite on IBM® i logical partitions running on IBM Power Systems™ servers at 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd, Australia. It describes the historical background, the current hardware and software landscape, and future project plans.
Customer Objectives lConvert 7-Eleven supply chain from a direct to store model to centralised replenishment and distribution lImprove the timeliness and transparency of financial reporting lImplement an efficient, integrated, enterprise-wide reporting system lLeverage years of expertise and efficient operation with IBM i lRun the proposed reporting system and existing SAP retail applications on a scalable, easily managed platform lContinue the close integration between IBM i and Microsoft Windows servers that has provided a very ® ®
Customer Benefits lAchieved quick ROI on the investment in both hardware and software lUpgraded from SAP R/3® 4.6C to SAP ERP 6.0 and NetWeaver 7.0 lUpgraded to IBM i and IBM Power Systems technology lIncreased revenue and profits through better stock management lReduced deliveries into stores from 110 per week to just 30 per week lImproved financial reporting for 7-Eleven and its franchisees lIncreased franchisee satisfaction by reducing administrative workload.
cost-effective management environment.
IBM Solution lTwo IBM Power Systems servers running IBM i V5R4 with the integrated DB2® database lVirtualized Windows disk management provided by IBM i lSAP ERP 6.0, SAP NetWeaver® Portal, SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW), SAP POS Data Management and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA)
Background and company history Worldwide 7-Eleven is the largest operator and franchisor of convenience stores in the world, with annual sales of about US $36billion. 7-Eleven operates more than 34,800 stores in Japan, Australia, Mexico, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, the Philippines, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea, Thailand, Norway, Malaysia and China, Macau, Hong Kong and the United States.
7-Eleven’s application software background and current plans In 1998, 7-Eleven Stores selected ERP software from SAP as its core application system and went live with release 4.0 running on an IBM AS/400 in 1999. Over the years since, the SAP footprint has been extended and new functionality introduced. In the early days the stores transmitted their sales data over dial-up connections to the AS/400, which then processed this data overnight. Now the stores are online, providing the stores’ franchisees the opportunity to query or modify stock orders and
In Australia 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd is a family-owned business in Australia – owned by the Withers and Barlow families. 7-Eleven was the first franchised convenience store in Australia and revolutionized grocery convenience in the country. It celebrated its 30th birthday in 2007. There are about 380 7-Eleven stores in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. About half the stores also sell fuel. With annual sales of AUS $1.3bn, 7-Eleven is the...