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Sun helps Al Batha Group deliver TCO solution

Al Batha Group overhauls its IT infrastructure with a view to lowering its total cost of ownership and boosting system availability using a Sun Microsystems solution.

Al Batha Group overhauls its IT infrastructure with a view to lowering its total cost of ownership and boosting system availability using Sun Microsystems solution.

Sun Microsystems has announced that it has successfully completed an implementation of its Sun N1 Advanced Architecture for the Al Batha Group.

A large private UAE-based business group, Al Batha Group consists of more than 20 autonomous companies operating in various sectors including from contracting, manufacturing, electronics, and education and trading.

“As one of the fast expanding companies in the UAE, Al Batha was faced with a challenge to simplify and bring down cost of running their production on SAP systems.

"They also wanted a system in place that would allow employees, customers and partners to access information remotely in an easy, flexible and secure fashion,” said Antonio Briguglio, ERP Practice Manager at Sun Microsystems.

“Our team studied the requirements and technical issues the company faced on a day-to-day basis and recommended N1 Advanced Architecture which not only is cost-effective and highly secure, but also offers flexible options with minimum risk to upgrade to a new SAP solution environment, if needed, in the future,” added Hani Esber, territory sales manager- Gulf, Sun Microsystems.

Headquartered in Sharjah, the Al Batha Group has been using SAP applications for all its businesses since 1999 and has implemented the N1 advanced architecture from SAP Solutions to provide a suite of tools to centrally manage its data centre and allow for rapidly changing business demands.

“Operating in a heterogeneous business environment, we wanted a flexible option that would help us maximise and simplify our SAP solution landscape to achieve greater business agility, better utilise our hardware resources and improve service levels,” said Saji Oomen, IT general manager at Al Batha Group.

As a result of the implementation the Al Batha Group is confident it will be able to optimise its current IT environment and make changes to the SAP infrastructure quickly, easily, and with minimal risk to production systems.

“The entire deployment was completed in a span of three months and has helped us achieve greater performance from our IT infrastructure especially during peak hours.

"In addition to bringing down our total cost of operation, there has also been a marked increase in the utilisation and availability of our existing servers and storage systems. We are very pleased with the results achieved,” added Oomen.

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