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Major database switch for Farmers

Major database switch for Farmers

Retailer is NZ’s first user to move database to IBM DB2 for SAP apps.

IBM has reported retailer Farmers Trading Group is the first New Zealand user to switch its implementation of SAP applications to IBM DB2 from its current database. David Lean, head of IT at Farmers, says the decision to move was simple, as DB2 offered a better compression rate than their previous database.

“Our key driver was to free up space by increasing the compression rate and I knew DB2 could deliver this,” he says in a press statement. “Post migration we’ve achieved the reduction in storage savings we were looking for and have also experienced the immediate benefits of faster and better data warehouse reporting performance and cleaner, more predictable disaster recovery - including back-up times that have been reduced from 18 hours to six.”

IBM says Farmers is one of more than 100 SAP clients worldwide that have switched their database software to DB2 in the past year.

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