Saudi’s SAB Holding to run SAP apps on IBM Cloud

Company experiences immediate decrease in time spent managing IT environment and launching new applications

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Saudi’s SAB Holding to run SAP apps on IBM Cloud The IBM Cloud environment was implemented and ready for use within seven days with zero downtime. (Getty Images)
By  David Ndichu Published  August 5, 2017

Saudi company SAB Holding has picked IBM Cloud to host its mission-critical SAP applications.

The Jeddah-headquartered conglomerate will benefit from a highly available cloud infrastructure that’s fully-managed by a team of experts at IBM’s cloud data centre in Germany and backed by IBM’s global network spanning 19 countries and six continents.

SAB Holding also gets access to a secure environment that is able to scale instantaneously to accommodate the growth of its data.

Business need

SAB Holding’s construction services subsidiary (RCC) was at a disadvantage for operating finance, payroll and inventory across multiple different systems. Time played a critical role for SAB Holding because the implementation needed to be completed within a tight timeframe for a major project.

To solve this challenge and enable integrated operations, SAB Holding launched Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications from SAP (S/4HANA) to support finance, supply chain management, HR and payroll, project system and enterprise content management, delivered via the IBM Cloud. Handled and delivered by SAB Holding’s technology subsidiary, ‘SAB Innovation’, the IBM Cloud environment was implemented and ready for use within seven days with zero downtime.

Since the implementation, SAB Holding has seen a decrease in the time spent managing its IT environment and launching new applications, the company says. SAB Holding employees also benefit from new, automated processes for gathering month-end closing and status reports and can more efficiently leverage their data to make faster, better business decisions.

“Time constraint was a major challenge for us. By selecting the IBM Cloud, we were able to launch our mission-critical SAP-based ERP applications in a timely and seamless manner, without disrupting our business,” said Dr. Hatem Bakheet, CEO of SAB Innovation. “We are very pleased to have a leader in the cloud space such as IBM to support us with this transformation which will surely contribute to positive business outcomes too.”

“In a traditional IT environment, businesses may face a variety of challenges such as complex environments that can’t scale quickly or even a shortage of specialised skills,” said Tarek Zarg El Aioun, COO, IBM Saudi Arabia. “IBM Cloud will not only deliver the flexibility and scalability the business needs, but will enable SAB Holding to have its technology subsidiary focus on highly strategic initiatives, while IBM handles the day-to-day management of the cloud.”

Founded in 1990, SAB Holding is owned and chaired by Sheikh Salah Al Belawi. Its technology subsidiary, SAB Innovation, is an IBM Business Partner, reselling IBM solutions across Saudi Arabia.

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