Industry: Transportation and Logistics
Category: SAP HANA

Rickmers Holding AG


Why we've chosen NTT DATA Business Solutions:

  • Solid experience in applying and implementing HANA
  • SAP HANA Experts
  • Many years of IT experience
  • Special expertise in the newest IT trends
itelligence* had an excellent understanding of HANA technology. It had complete, 360-degree answers for both technical and application-specific issues.

René Teichmann, CIO, Rickmers Holding

470                                  1,723
Employees Ashore         Employees at Sea

The Rickmers Group is a leading international service provider in the maritime transport sector and a containership owner with a global blue chip customer base. Their business activities cover a broad range of shipping and logistics supply chain services, such as owning and chartering vessels, providing in-house as well as third-party commercial and technical shipmanagement services, and transporting breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargoes via our liner service.

Challenges and Benefits


  • Long run-times for analyses in SAP Business Warehouse 7.0 on MaxDB


  • Quick display of analysis results
  • Quick display of analysis results
  • Increased productivity for reporting and controlling
  • Always up-to-date data thanks to real-time synchronization
  • Improved performance in all areas, in some cases by a factor of 200


  • Upgrade to SAP BW 7.4 on HANA
  • Dual-stack split (separate ABAP and Java Stack)
  • Upgrade and migration to HANA in one step using the SAP Data Migration Option (DMO)
  • Hosting at an NTT DATA Business Solutions data center
Rickmers Holding AG, Hamburg, Germany

With SAP business warehouse powered by SAP HANA, it’ll be smooth sailing

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Smarter, Simpler and More Efficient

rickmers-schemeThe Rickmers Group has always stood for reliability and quality. To maintain its sterling reputation, the company enlisted help from NTT DATA Business Solutions AG to upgrade its existing SAP Business Warehouse from 7.0 to 7.4 – and did this on SAP HANA, of course!

The Business Warehouse is an essential tool for the Rickmers Group’s day-to-day business activities and strategic management. Prior to the upgrade, Rickmers struggled with long run-times for analyses. First, the NTT DATA Business Solutions team separated the ABAP (Advanced Business Application Programming) and Java Stacks, a dual-stack split, as a necessary step for migrating data to a HANA database. Then it was time to perform the upgrade – at the same time as the migration from an SAP MaxDB to the SAP HANA database. For this step, the NTT DATA Business Solutions team used the SAP tool Data Migration Option (DMO). The advantage of this method is that two activities can be performed simultaneously. This means significantly less effort and no time-consuming, repetitive testing
by the project team.

With this simplified method, Rickmers was able to quickly improve its performance. Demanding analysis and planning scenarios with unforeseeable query types, large data volumes, high query frequency and complex calculations can now be processed efficiently. With its set of administration tools, the new SAP Business Warehouse on SAP HANA simplifies administration and infrastructure. By successfully upgrading its system, Rickmers is also on track for its next objective: reporting via SAP BusinessObjects (BO).

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