Kerridge Commercial Systems Improves Performance 8x to 39x and Gains Operational Benefits for its Distribution-Industry Software Solution
 
 

Kerridge Commercial Systems Improves Performance 8x to 39x and Gains Operational Benefits for its Distribution-Industry Software Solution

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is an international software development and IT services business with 36 years of experience in serving distributive trades across many sectors. Distributive trades include wholesalers, distributors, merchants, and retailers.

KCS has its headquarters in the UK with offices in Ireland, the Netherlands and South Africa, supporting more than 700 customers with 50,000 users at more than 3,500 locations across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

KCS has achieved Oracle Exadata Optimized status through Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that the K8 enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution has been tested and tuned with Oracle Exadata Database Machine to deliver speed, scalability, and reliability to customers.

K8 is KCS’s single, fully-integrated business management solution. The system is flexible and robust enough to address complex business requirements while providing an easily accessible and navigable user interface. A comprehensive, functionally-rich ERP solution, K8 covers all key, operational areas including retail, ecommerce, supply chain management, financials and customer relationship management (CRM).

KCS has a solid understanding of how Oracle Engineered Systems can provide customers with business gains through outstanding technical performance. The company became an early adopter of Oracle Exadata Database Machine, resulting in a dramatic increase in K8 sales processing performance, demonstrating its suitability for providing greatly improved online transactional processing (OLTP) power for any customers handling large volumes of sales and business transactions.

With K8 running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine, KCS customers can expect to realize significant throughput performance gains. Increased processing capabilities significantly accelerate sales-per-second throughput and reporting performance, reducing wait times across large, multi-user populations. K8 on Exadata delivers a 16x increase in sales per second, compared to previous hardware benchmarks.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS)

  • “Oracle Exadata Database Machine delivers exceptional OLTP processing power for our customers who manage extremely large business volumes. Achieving Oracle Exadata Optimized status assures all of our customers that K8 on Oracle Exadata Database Machine is a world-class performing solution.” ‒ Ian Bendelow, Chief Executive Officer, Kerridge Commercial Systems

  • Optimize performance of the company’s flagship business management solution, K8
  • Enable KCS customers to process more sales per second and manage a greater volume of concurrently connected users
  • Expand the KCS customer base across midsize to large companies in the distributed-trade industry by clearly demonstrating improved performance of its systems
  • Assure performance of sales order processing and sales-per-second capabilities for all K8 users

Solutions

Oracle Product and Services

  • Displayed increased speed for K8 users to process orders, with a 16x improvement in per-second sales order throughput with Oracle Exadata Database Machine, increasing from a maximum of 82 sales per second to 1,298 sales per second
  • Connected 10,000 K8 users concurrently, while achieving greater than average process activity in every instance, demonstrating the robust scalability of the K8 software when running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine by performing a very high rate of sales order throughput on a heavily loaded system
  • Demonstrated a 39x improvement in throughput, to 667 sales per second for K8 users running Oracle Exadata Database Machine
  • Reduced overnight, black-out windows for 100,000 sales-order processes, from two hours―the accepted standard for systems―to just 15 minutes, an 8x improvement
  • Enabled K8 customers to make changes to company structures far more efficiently—for example by redefining regional areas, the numbers of distribution or retail branches per region, or total branches—reducing the time for a process that had required several days to just three minutes and 33 seconds with Oracle Exadata Database Machine