A pioneer in global positioning system (GPS) navigation, Garmin International Inc. was founded in 1989 with a handful of dedicated engineers and the idea for an innovative product. Today, with 9,400 employees worldwide, Garmin is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of navigation and communication devices and services. The company has built and sold more than 100 million devices that serve aviation, automotive, marine, outdoor, fitness, and wireless markets. Its goal is to enrich the lives of customers, suppliers, distributors, and employees by providing the very best products that offer superior quality, safety, and operational features at affordable prices.
“We selected Oracle Exadata Database Machine because it efficiently integrates networking, input/output, and central processing unit in a single cabinet. This reduces the footprint in the data center regarding space, power, and cooling. Consolidating databases onto Oracle Exadata reduces patching, system management, and security maintenance demands,” said Ed Link, vice president, information technology, Garmin International Inc.
“Oracle Exadata provides a single hardware and software solution. The synergy between the hardware and the software components leads to high performance, and system consolidation eases environment management,” Link said.
Garmin completed its Oracle Exadata implementation in three phases: first addressing the databases processing transactions from Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning and Demantra Demand Management, and then moving to the Garmin Connect environment, followed by moving the company’s Oracle Hyperion Financial Management data infrastructure, its core Oracle E-Business Suite infrastructure, and Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition.
“The key lesson we learned is to perform extensive testing. In addition, it is important to purchase the latest versions for all solutions to maximize performance. Further, by performing a database consolidation project in parallel with the implementation, we could take full advantage of our investment,” Link said.
“Oracle Support helped us throughout our implementation―with personalized daily conference calls, late-night support, custom help from Exadata product management, and involvement with upper-level executives at Oracle,” Link said. “Oracle went above and beyond to help make sure our Oracle Exadata implementation was a success.”