Raj Petro Pvt. Ltd., formally known as Raj Group, has moved its mission-critical SAP ERP systems to IBM Cloud Platform in a bid to optimise workflows, drive scalability, and improve performance.
In October, SAP and IBM have collaborated to develop a new solution called BREAKTHROUGH with IBM. The innovation complements the German enterprise software giant’s Business Transformation as a Service (BTaaS) offering, RISE with SAP. Incorporating IBM services with SAP solutions, the platform is made up of existing consulting services aimed at assisting clients in expediting their journeys to SAP S/4HANA Cloud with RISE with SAP at its core.
Furthermore, the tech leaders have a long history of working together to transform the operations of businesses across various sectors globally. Among these organisations are real estate development firm, Puravankara Limited, and renewable energy platform, Virescent Infrastructure. The companies tapped SAP and IBM Global Business Services (GBS) to accelerate their move to the cloud through RISE with SAP.
Adding to the growing number of customers that leverage the two companies’ close partnership is Raj Petro Specialities Pvt. Ltd., a leading petroleum and lubricant manufacturer in India. Driving rapid business growth, Raj Petro focused on aligning its reporting, workflows, and compliance processes with its parent company Brenntag AG, a German-based chemicals distributor. As part of its strategy, Raj Petro transitioned from SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) business systems to Enterprise Application Managed Services for SAP Solutions on IBM Cloud.
Expounding on the cloud transformation project, Prakash Subramanian, Head of Finance at Raj Petro Specialities Pvt. Ltd., said that the company’s joint venture (JV) with Brenntag imposed a slew of additional requirements on its SAP solutions, as well as in enforcing strict data integrity and disaster recovery compliance criteria for SAP ERP.
“One condition of the JV was that we deliver financial and operational reports in more-frequent cycles. We knew it would be difficult to meet these requirements using our existing infrastructure,” he further explained.
Moving SAP to IBM Cloud Platform
Raj Petro decided to migrate its mission-critical SAP applications to the IBM Cloud to streamline the company’s eventual move to SAP S/4HANA, SAP’s next-generation ERP. The shift to the managed services landscape was completed within just two months, earlier than the JV’s strict deadline and the inauguration of its new corporate headquarters in India.
Discussing the cloud migration initiative, Jitesh Save, Head of Information Technology at Raj Petro, shared:
“By moving to the cloud, we’d gain the performance and scalability to support our compliance use cases at a significantly lower cost than building new on-premises infrastructure. Choosing the cloud would also remove the need to build a data center in our new headquarters — reclaiming floor space and reducing our environmental footprint.”
According to Viswanath Ramaswamy, Vice President of Technology, IBM Technology Sales, at IBM India and South Asia, the JV between Raj Petro and Brenntag Group involved bringing processes and systems closer together in order to accelerate change across the global network. He added that Raj Petro was able to meet stringent regulatory standards, drive scalability, improve performance, and streamline processes by moving to IBM Cloud.
“By leveraging Enterprise Application Managed Services for SAP solutions on IBM Cloud, the transition was completed seamlessly, in time and within the budget despite multiple on-ground challenges,” Ramaswamy remarked.
Moreover, by moving from SAP ERP business systems to Enterprise Application Managed Services for SAP Solutions on IBM Cloud, Raj Petro intended to:
- Meet its partner’s strict financial reporting and compliance requirements through high availability and performance.
- Avoid unnecessary delays to the firm’s planned relocation to a new headquarters by moving to the cloud in two months.
- Eliminate business risk in a recovery scenario by miminising Recovery Time Objective (RTO) to four hours and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) to 15 minutes
- Streamline the company’s future migration to the next-generation ERP SAP S/4HANA.