Raj Petro operates enterprise application managed services for SAP solutions on IBM Cloud


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Raj Petro, a Brenntag Group company, is a leading petroleum and lubricants manufacturing and marketing company with a global presence in over 95 countries around the world. Offering a full line of industrial, automotive and specialty lubricants, the company employs more than 500 people and generates annual sales of approximately $250 million. As the company accelerated its business growth, it considered closely aligning its workflows, reporting and compliance processes with Brenntag. Initially, Raj Petro moved from commercial SAP ERP systems to enterprise application managed services for SAP solutions on IBM Cloud.

Business Challenge

Like many successful manufacturers, Raj Petro relies on SAP ERP to manage its end-to-end operations: from the back office to the plant. For years, the company has relied on IBM Systems to support its mission-critical applications and has run its SAP solutions on IBM Power Systems™ servers and the IBM AIX® operating system in an on-premises data center.

Prakash Subramanian, Chief Financial Officer of Raj Petro, explains: “Our joint venture with Brenntag has brought a wide range of new demands to our SAP solutions. As well as introducing strict compliance standards for SAP ERP data integrity and disaster recovery. One of the conditions of the joint venture was that we provide financial and operational reports on more frequent cycles. We knew it would be difficult to meet these requirements using our existing infrastructure.

Transformation

Working with experts from IBM, Raj Petro completed its move to the managed services environment in just 60 days, well ahead of the JV deadline and the opening of its new headquarters. By embracing the cloud, Raj Petro is allowing his IT organization to spend more time focusing on value-added activities.

Business Impact/ Results

  • Delivers peak performance and high availability, enabling Raj Petro to meet its partner’s stringent financial reporting and compliance requirements.
  • Completing the move to the cloud in just 60 days, avoiding costly delays in Raj Petro’s planned move to a new headquarters in India.
  • Reduces recovery point objective (RPO) to 15 minutes and recovery time objective (RTO) to four hours, reducing business risk in a recovery scenario.
  • Streamlines Raj Petro’s eventual move to next-generation SAP S/4HANA ERP.

Business Challenge Story: Selecting a Proven Partner

Raj Petro has several key initiatives underway, including the relocation of its headquarters. To achieve this, the transition to cloud-based solutions within a strict time frame was crucial.

Jitesh Save, IT Manager at Raj Petro, adds: “After weighing our options, we decided that our fastest route to compliance was a managed services solution. By moving to the cloud, we would get the performance and scalability to support our compliance use cases at a significantly lower cost than building new on-premises infrastructure. Going to the cloud would also eliminate the need to build a data center in our new headquarters, which would reclaim floor space and reduce our environmental footprint. »

After evaluating the offerings of several major cloud providers, Raj Petro determined that Enterprise Application Managed Services for SAP Solutions on IBM Cloud was the fastest and most cost-effective route to unlocking new compliance capabilities. .

Jitesh Save, IT Manager-Raj Petro, adds, “The success of the JV initiative, as well as our move to a new headquarters, depended on the rapid execution of our cloud project. Of all the vendors we considered, we felt IBM had the most in-depth experience.

Viswanath Ramaswamy, VP-Technology, IBM Technology Sales, IBM India & South Asia, said, “Raj Petro’s joint venture with Brenntag Group meant bringing processes and systems together to drive transformation across the global network. Moving to IBM Cloud has allowed Raj Petro to manage stringent compliance requirements, improve performance, optimize workflows and enable scalability. By leveraging enterprise application managed services for SAP solutions on IBM Cloud, the transition was seamless, on time, and on budget, despite multiple challenges in the field.

Transformation Story: Preparing for an Integrated Future

During Raj Petro’s cloud initiative, the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread across the globe. By choosing managed services over an on-premises data center, the company could seamlessly transition its back-office staff to remote work with the assurance that its SAP ERP systems were expertly managed and maintained. IBM.

“We were looking for a trusted managed services partner who would help us focus on our core competencies, and IBM came highly recommended to us,” said Prakash Subramanian, CFO of Raj Petro. “IBM provided us with many strong customer references, which gave us great confidence that enterprise application managed services for SAP solutions on IBM Cloud would meet our needs. In fact, I had previous – and very successful – experience with a move to IBM Cloud in the past, so I had first-hand experience of the professionalism and expertise of the IBM India team.

Enterprise Application Managed Services for SAP solutions on IBM Cloud include full-stack support, including SAP Basis,” said Prakash Subramanian, CFO of Raj Petro. “We haven’t even had a single problem with our SAP solutions since moving to IBM Cloud. Therefore, we are free to focus on what matters: providing the business with the tools it needs to do its job effectively.

By embracing the cloud, Raj Petro is allowing his IT organization to spend more time focusing on value-added activities. Jitesh Save, IT Manager at Raj Petro, confirms: “We recently successfully completed a comprehensive test of our disaster recovery capabilities, which in the past would have been too risky.” Prakash Subramanian, CFO of Raj Petro, concludes: “We are already measuring strong commercial success and see IBM as a strategic partner in our ongoing transformation journey.

Looking to the future, Raj Petro is confident that the IBM Cloud platform will enable him to smoothly transition to next-generation SAP S/4HANA® ERP when the business is ready.

Story of the results: Smooth move to the cloud

Raj Petro has several key initiatives underway, including the relocation of its headquarters. To achieve this, the transition to cloud-based solutions within a strict time frame was crucial. With IBM’s IT infrastructure services, Raj Petro completed his move on time and on budget.

“Even in the face of considerable external pressure, the IBM team helped us achieve an incredible result,” commented Prakash Subramanian, Chief Financial Officer of Raj Petro. “IBM took the time to hold in-depth meetings with our team during the scoping and planning phases of the project, which really paid off downstream. Moving from our on-premises environment to the cloud went as smoothly as we would have liked, and the support we received from IBM was key to that success.

“By moving to enterprise application managed services for SAP solutions on IBM Cloud, we have simplified our IT organization and made it more efficient. We also empowered our staff to focus on fine-tuning our systems for operational excellence rather than being tied down to technical issues. Prakash Subramanian, Chief Financial Officer of Raj Petro added, “By moving our mission-critical SAP ERP systems to managed services in the IBM Cloud, we can meet our partners’ compliance and financial reporting requirements in a cost-effective way. At the same time, moving to the cloud has given us the opportunity to optimize our workflows, contributing to record revenues despite the pandemic. »

Jitesh Save, IT Manager at Raj Petro, says, “Since moving our SAP business systems from an on-premises data center to highly available managed services in the IBM cloud, we have reduced our recovery point objective. [RPO] to less than 15 minutes and reduces our recovery time goal [RTO] less than four hours. Thanks to IBM, we have the certainty that our SAP systems are always protected.

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