Utilising ERP to the fullest
Auto component maker, Sundaram-Clayton Ltd built an optimal
T G Dhandapani
Sundaram-Clayton Limiteds (SCL) objective was clearERP
servers should be as optimally utilised as possible. To achieve this, SCL set
about evaluating appropriate server architecture from solution providers such
as HP and IBM. The evaluation was based on techno-commercial matrices
which looked at the performance of the solution versus the cost, explains
T G Dhandapani, CIO, SCL.
The solution was based on HPs
Itanium 2-based Integrity servers. Each dual processor server enables
the architecture to support No Single Point of Failure and ensures maximum
The solution was based on HPs Itanium 2-based Integrity servers. Each
dual processor server enables the architecture to support No Single Point of
Failure and ensures maximum system uptime.
The servers offer multi-OS compatibility, allowing standardisation of IT infrastructure
on a single platform. The cost of deploying two sets of servers for the two
business divisions was about Rs 1.8 crore.
Infrastructure reliability also derives from the fact that the 2-way servers
are clustered. As soon as CPU use hits a pre-set threshold, the system is designed
to send an SMS to the system administrator. HP OpenView is used to manage the
network and SAPs Solution Manager to monitor application performance.
According to Dhandapani, the development server which ran IBM AIX had to be
migrated to an HP Itanium platform during the project. Clustering the servers
took some work.
Adapting Servers for the Better
About 250 team members at SCL access the new set-up across four companies and
seven manufacturing units. The transaction time has reduced by almost
a third. The IT infrastructure has become reliable, and availability is high
as the clustering of applications has resulted in a reduction in downtime. This
helps us fully utilise the benefits of ERP. The server architecture is easy
to scale since an increased workload in future will only need to incrementally
add hardware, comments Dhandapani.
The SCL Group is presently working on implementation of HR,
PS (Project System) and BIW (Business Information Warehouse) modules on a SAP
platform as well as SAP implementation at a group company. The present infrastructure
with marginal investments in CPU and memory is expected to be sufficient to
meet this requirement.
With updates from Vinita Gupta