Shenhua Group Corp. Ltd. (Shenhua Group) is the largest modernized coal production enterprise in China, and the largest coal dealer in the world. The company provides end-to-end production, transportation, and sales services in the coal-to-liquids, coal-to-chemicals, electricity, thermal power, ports, railways, and shipping sectors. Its business operations include processing natural resources from Chinese, state-owned assets and conducting state-authorized coal exploration. Shenhua Group also coordinates and manages the operation and production of its subsidiaries in each these sectors.
Shenhua Group needed a robust IT infrastructure to integrate enterprise information and management, improve system response times, and support its business growth. It also wanted to conform to international IT development trends.
“We evaluated various domestic and international IT vendors but chose Oracle Exadata for our private cloud platform, due to its cost-efficiency; reduced equipment, data center, energy, maintenance, and management requirements; and faster implementation times,” said Ding Tao, vice general manager, information management department, Shenhua Group Corp. Ltd.
Shenhua Group completed the Oracle Exadata implementation and database migration in several stages.
In May 2011, the company implemented Oracle Exadata Database Machine Quarter Rack and configured Oracle Linux and a third-party hard drive to build its private cloud database platform. It also deployed Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.
The company then seamlessly migrated Oracle Siebel CRM and other important resource planning systems onto the database machine.
In October 2012, Shenhua Group worked with Oracle Diamond Partner Accenture to complete the project by deploying the critical SAP enterprise management systems onto Oracle Exadata.
Shenhua Group chose to work with Accenture, due to the company’s strong reputation and extensive experience.
“Accenture had provided consultation services for many large, state-owned enterprises in China, and it had rich experience in implementing Oracle and SAP products,” said Tao. “This experience guaranteed the smooth implementation of Oracle Exadata.”