BASF improves database performance through standardisation

BASF has consolidated and harmonised its Oracle databases to cut costs and improve operations at its European businesses.

BASF has consolidated and harmonised its Oracle databases to cut costs and improve operations at its European businesses.

Important applications such as the wastewater information system and other environmental information systems are operated using database system software from Oracle.

The BASF IT Services project team worked on several hundred database applications across the BASF group, and has now migrated them all to the same Oracle 10g platform.

A main goal of the project was increasing the security and stability of the applications, and guaranteeing the continued smooth operation of the complex database network in the future.

As part of the plan, a large number of the applications were made web-capable, in addition to updates to the latest versions. BASF IT Services said the shift to the web not only means additional cost reductions, but also the simplified operation of the corporate database. 

BASF IT Services set up a parallel infrastructure for the entire project duration in its Ludwigshafen datacentre in Germany, in order to ensure a smooth transition and to avoid disturbances in operations.

After each app migration, Oracle and BASF carried out joint tests in another location to make sure the project ran smoothly.

"In comparison with the previous solution, our new database landscape offers significantly higher availability, stability and performance," said Sergio Agudelo, senior specialist for infrastructure and architecture at BASF.

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