AkzoNobel is the largest paint and coating company in the world and a major producer of specialty chemicals. With operations in more than 80 countries, AkzoNobel is a Global Fortune 500 company. Its products protect buildings and infrastructures around the globe and promote safety and good health, while bringing color to the world and furnishing homes and offices. In addition to paints and coatings, AkzoNobel’s chemicals serve as essential ingredients in everything, from ice cream to asphalt, soup to soap, and plastics to paper.
AkzoNobel wanted to upgrade its entire Oracle Database 10g infrastructure to Oracle Database 11g with zero downtime to ensure business continuity. In addition, the company wanted to reduce its total cost of database ownership and ensure an easier roll-out for the entire production system in new countries.
Following the upgrade, AkzoNobel reduced its total cost of database ownership approximately 50% by compressing storage from 3.7 to 1.8 terabytes. In addition, it enhanced productivity for several tasks, such as monthly reporting and customer service, by as much as 100%.
Preparations in the first phase took approximately six months. It then took AkzoNobel approximately two months to complete the actual migration and compression for all 21 systems.