Supreme Petrochem expands business whilst securing a greener future, in partnership with SUSE

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“The combination of SUSE, IBM and SAP technologies has laid the foundation for a more modern, convenient order and payments process for SPL’s clients. We can process a higher volume of transactions, which will help us to expand our business and increase our revenues.” Hemant Pandit, Head of IT, Supreme Petrochem.

Aiming to tap into growth markets for environmentally friendly plastics, Supreme Petrochem Ltd (SPL) needed to streamline, automate and accelerate its own operations.

To hit this objective SPL ensured that business growth did not carry an unsustainable environmental cost. The company targeted a reduction in net energy consumption and an increase in production capacity, without a corresponding increase in carbon footprint.

SPL initially aimed to digitize and automate key workflows, particularly order processing, which relied on email and manual data entry. In addition, as sales increased and production volumes climbed, financial reports were taking too long to process, limiting management insight. Despite a hunger for new capabilities, there was also a requirement of the IT team to reduce overheads.

This motivated SPL to refresh its SAP application environment, by migrating from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA. To run the new SAP applications effectively, the team deployed SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications on a single IBM Power Systems server. SUSE’s selection was driven by SPL’s desire to ensure consistently strong performance and to protect applications against unplanned downtime.

The migration to SAP S/4HANA took place in three months, after which time it went live without a hitch.

Automating for speed, whilst seeking a greener future

By providing a more efficient and better-performing platform for its new SAP S/4HANA applications, the SUSE and IBM solution has enabled SPL to realize significant efficiencies.

Two racks of servers were reduced to one, with a 50% reduction in floorspace, which in turn lowered power and cooling costs by 50%, supporting environmental sustainability goals.

The new infrastructure has also helped SPL to reduce core-application restart times from 15 minutes to under five minutes, an improvement of more than 60%. Unplanned downtime has been eliminated and CPU usage remains below 50%.

Critical workflows have been streamlined, including month-end financial reports which are now generated 85% faster, taking a day instead of a week and giving SPL the timely insight it needs to make rapid, data-driven decisions.

With new SAP S/4HANA applications deployed on the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform on IBM Power Systems hardware, the company has a fast, efficient, lower-cost and more sustainable platform for running and optimizing its business processes. The combination of SUSE, IBM and SAP technologies positions Supreme Petrochem Ltd to grow into a new era of innovation and success.

Click here to find out more about how Supreme Petrochem meets demand with increased production capacity and a lower carbon footprint.

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