International automotive components manufacturer Magna uses scalable resources in line with changing business needs. Dynamic Services have slashed the cost of operating SAP systems.
Magna International Inc.: Scalable, on-demand SAP resources
Magna is the world’s most highly diversified automotive components supplier. Almost 75,000 employees across 25 countries develop, design and manufacture components and entire systems. Magna leverages SAP ERP software to manage just-in-time/just-in-sequence production. As a result of multiple acquisitions, Magna’s IT environment had grown complex, with a plethora of operating systems and databases. Some IT departments managed their own SAP servers, whereas others had outsourced. In 2008, the decision was taken to consolidate the landscape, and to select a single partner for SAP operations, including system administration, user support and SAP consulting. A key criterion was that resources no longer be designed for peak load, but for scalability, with usage-based pricing.
Halving the costs of SAP operations with a scalable platform
T-Systems created a virtualized server landscape for Magna Exteriors & Interiors. Magna benefits from SAP resources that can scaled according to the ups and downs of business. And Magna is not tied to predefined quantities – pricing is on a pay-as-you-go basis. Against this background, Magna halved annual operating costs. Moreover, T-Systems is responsible for applications management and consulting. That means mission-critical SAP systems are highly available and will continue to be enhanced going forward. What’s more, excellent quality of service comes as standard. Since the beginning of 2011, 4,500 users at Magna Exteriors & Interiors have been supported by T-Systems’ SAP experts via a trouble-ticketing system.
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