Freudenberg IT (FIT) Wins IBM Top Strategic Service Provider Excellence Award

March 22, 2018

FIT America

The very selective award recognizes FIT for its outstanding innovation with its new SAP HANA® on IBM Power Systems™ offering

Morrisville, NC – March 22, 2018 – Freudenberg IT (FIT), a global leader in managed IT services, is proud to announce it won IBM’s Top Strategic Service Provider Excellence Award for North America. FIT was recognized during the award presentation at the North American Global Business Partner Forum today at IBM’s PartnerWorld at Think 2018 conference in Las Vegas, NV.

FIT won the award largely in part due to its innovative partnership with IBM where it built, implemented and successfully rolled out its new SAP HANA® on IBM Power Systems™ offering where FIT onboarded more than 300 of its clients in five months.

By moving SAP HANA instances from appliances to IBM Power Systems, FIT can now secure the sharing of physical servers between multiple clients. This offering helps FIT lower operational costs, shrink its data center footprint by more than 80 percent, and provision new SAP HANA instances for its clients 10 times faster than before.

“Selling SAP HANA as an appliance model was like selling ill-fitting T-shirts,” says Dr. Michael Missbach, global SAP architect at FIT in Europe. “If your client can’t quite squeeze into a medium size, the next size up is extra, extra large. By comparison, by putting SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems, we can offer our clients tailor-made tuxedos, with an elasticated waistband that can expand as the database grows.”

FIT can now provide more cost-effective SAP HANA hosting services to its clients with IBM Power Systems, supported by FIT’s hard-to-match service level agreements (SLAs) around performance and availability.

“With IBM Power Systems, we are now running SAP HANA instances for nearly 50 clients on just nine servers, whereas before, supporting 180 SAP HANA client systems meant running 540 appliances,” said Michael Heuberger, president and chief executive officer for FIT North America. “Rather than three appliances to support each client, we are running more than five clients on each IBM Power Systems server. It provides us with better flexibility, scalability, and performance when serving our clients, all at a lower total cost of ownership.”

SAP HANA enables FIT’s clients with the ability to transform their approach to reporting and decision-making. FIT worked with SAP to deploy SAP HANA using a Tailored Data Center Integration (TDI) model, enabling FIT to take advantage of its existing enterprise-class storage in the SAP HANA deployment.

For more details about FIT’s new SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems offering, read the case study at www.ibm.com/case-studies/Freudenberg-IT, watch the video at https://youtu.be/S_xcKmqaAy4 and visit FIT resources at www.freudenberg-it.com/en/resources/.

About Freudenberg IT (FIT)
Freudenberg IT (FIT) is a global leader in managed IT services that specializes in helping companies optimize the mission-critical technology that runs their businesses, most notably SAP and Microsoft applications. From consulting to cloud hosting to solutions for digital transformation, FIT provides the managed services – and the security – smart companies need to run simple and be resilient in today’s constantly changing world. FIT is a brand of the Freudenberg Group, a global family-owned company with more than 160 years of history, employing more than 48,000 employees worldwide across North America, Europe and Asia. The Freudenberg Group is an independent private company with more than 9 billion in annual revenues. For more information, please visit www.freudenberg-it.com.

Contacts

Matthew Royse
Freudenberg IT (FIT)
Regional Marketing Director, North America
(919) 287-4873
matthew.royse@freudenberg-it.com

Peter Schuette
Freudenberg IT (FIT)
Director, Global Marketing and Communications
+49 (0) 6201 80-8380
peter.schuette@freudenberg-it.com