Established in 1980, following a merger of soap and toothpaste manufacturers whose origins dated back to1891, Lion Corp. makes and sells toiletries, laundry products, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals. It operates six sales offices, four manufacturing plants, and four research institutes throughout Japan. It also exports to 10 overseas affiliates.
Looking ahead to 2020, Lion’s robust corporate vision includes domestic product expansion and international business growth in China, South Korea, and South East Asia, as well as other emerging markets. Lion requires a strong and reliable integrated database infrastructure to support its strategic growth plans.
Lion needed to integrate its SAP financial management system onto a centralized, SAP-certified database platform to improve data processing speed and optimize storage capacity while reducing TCO. To achieve this, Lion decided to upgrade its legacy Oracle Exadata platform (running backbone business systems such as order and shipping control, sales management, and human resources) to the latest version of Oracle Exadata.
“We chose Oracle Exadata because we did not need further benchmark testing after thoroughly verifying the earlier Oracle Exadata version’s performance for our 2010 implementation. With ready access to Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services, we could easily and quickly upgrade to Oracle Exadata’s SAP-certified platform in less than two weeks, and migrate our SAP financial management system confident that we would see significant performance improvement,” said Masatoshi Utsunomiya, director, integrated systems division, Lion Corp.
In 2010, as part of a broad, systems-integration project, Lion Corp. integrated its backbone business systems from a mainframe environment onto Oracle Exadata. In October 2011, the company conducted a feasibility study for migrating its SAP financial management system from private cloud running Oracle Database onto an upgraded, SAP-certified Oracle Exadata platform. In less than two weeks in February 2012, the company completed the platform upgrade. With assistance from Oracle-to-Oracle migration service provided by Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services, Lion Corp. migrated the SAP databases over two-and-a-half months. The integrated financial management system commenced operating in May 2012 with no disruption to accounting services.
In April 2013, the company integrated its data warehousing systems onto the newer version of Oracle Exadata. It will consider the feasibility of integrating manufacturing control and supply-and-demand control databases by the end of 2013, and replicating the entire system to provide for disaster recovery and business continuity in 2014.
To complete the integration of the SAP databases onto Oracle Exadata, Lion engaged Oracle Platinum partner SCSK Corp. to implement SAP BASIS with Oracle Exadata and manage SAP application connection, setup, and configuration. SCSK Corp. also provided system backup and monitoring services.