Airbus reduce SAP costs by 30 per cent with HP Data Centre consolidation project “The main aim for us was to reduce SAP outsourcing costs by 30 per cent while maintaining continuity of service. The joint project team of HP and Airbus has successfully delivered both of these requirements and has also built in scalability to meet our future needs.” Olivier Boubert, SAP IT manager, Airbus
Leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus wanted to reduce its SAP outsourcing costs by 30 per cent in line with a global cost-cutting initiative.
• The SAP infrastructure has been consolidated from three data centres into one. • More than 20 SAP landscapes (consisting of 75 systems) were migrated along with numerous add-ons and third party products. • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) based application servers were introduced for 15 SAP landscapes.
• The part of the server fleet not covered by the new strategy has been replaced and consolidated from 100 machines to 60 with corresponding reductions in maintenance, support, power and emissions. • Standardisation has made the company-wide use of SAP more homogenous and consistent.
• SAP outsourcing costs have been reduced by 30 per cent. • New scale-out–scale-up policy will meet Airbus’ future needs. • This robust technical platform ensures high availability of business-critical SAP systems, reducing risk to the business.
Airbus is one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, consistently capturing the majority of all worldwide orders for airliners, with more than 100 seats. The Airbus product line comprises 14 aircraft models from the 100-seat A318 jetliner to the 525-seat A380, the largest civil airliner in service. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK and Spain, as well as subsidiaries in the U.S, China, Japan and in the Middle East. The day-to-day operation of Airbus relies heavily on its SAP® Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications. Approximately 85 per cent of SAP users are based in Europe and the remaining 15 per cent in the other parts of the world including China, India and the USA. Apart from its development and engineering teams, all areas of the business use SAP and Airbus runs every SAP module except Customer Relationship Management (CRM).
“The transition has been a success because we have achieved the 30 per cent cost reduction which was its principal aim, but also that the transition did not impact on the delivery of the A380s and other Airbus projects which was also essential.” Olivier Boubert, SAP IT manager, Airbus
Airbus has outsourced its SAP operation to HP for eight years during which time the service has been provided from three data centres; Toulouse in France, Hamburg in Germany, and Filton in the UK. Transition project “As part of our company-wide cost-cutting initiative, we recently challenged HP to deliver a 30 per cent reduction in SAP outsourcing costs without any impact on their Service Level Agreements (SLA) to us or our business activities,” says Olivier Boubert, Airbus SAP IT manager. This challenge was the start of an ambitious one- year infrastructure transition project that included the optimisation of all infrastructure resources, the introduction of new server, Storage Area Network (SAN) and storage technology, a harmonisation of the Airbus SAP environment and planned scalability to cope with future requirements. While it was masterminded by HP, the success of the project was achieved through close co-operation and teamwork with the Airbus IT staff. To cut costs while meeting its stringent SLAs, Airbus decided to consolidate three data centres into one and move all SAP services onto HP hardware. This involved migrating 75 systems and more than 20
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