About Škoda Auto

Škoda Auto has been part of the Volkswagen Group since 1991. In 2003, the company employed about 20,000 people and produced approximately 450,000 vehicles, with strong growth expected to continue. The company operates a large number of international production facilities and is characterized by innovative concepts and dedication to safety and comfort.

  • Project:
    SAP Workload Automation
  • Software:
    Automic Workload Automation (AWA)
  • Client:
    Škoda Auto a.s., Czech Republic
  • Industry:
    Automotive manufacturing
  • Date:
    2003
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Business Challenge

Škoda’s need to permanently evolve its IT resources resulted over the years in various localized scheduling solutions to enable productive operation of a hetergeneous system landscape. This diversity led to growing problems. There were recurring communication problems between mainframes and open platforms, each environment required specialized knowledge, there was no centralized monitoring for the entire environment. The wide variety of interfaces led to increasing number of errors in job-flow management, negatively affecting reliability in the productive environment that were highly relevant to the company’s profitability, such as the warehouse, replacement parts orders, and SAP reporting. It was the Škoda’s impression that suppliers were not providing adequately qualified support and had costly licensing policies. This finally prompted them to seek out a new solution.

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The Solution

Seamless integration of all systems was one of the key requirements for Škoda’s new tool, and this is what led them to start evaluating the Automic platform in partnership with Beta Systems.

During the test phase, which lasted just a few weeks, 6,000 jobs were migrated to the Automic platform, parallel to the ongoing daily work. After successful conclusion of the tests, the entire system was converted to productive operation.

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The Solution

Technical requirements of the new centralized solution included certifications for mySAP (Basis 4.7) and SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW) as well as a connection to SNMP and Tivoli Enterprise Console as a monitoring tool. The productive IT environment affects primarily business-critical processes. Therefore, the solution had to exhibit both high availability as well as secure file transfer capabilities. The previously used FTP did not permit professional monitoring and therefore did not satisfy security requirements. Finally, the new scheduler was required to perform automatic documentation of all processes, and be a well-organized administrative tool providing reliable 24x7 support.

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Cost / benfit analysis

Škoda’s cost/benefit analysis awarded the Automic platform a very high grade. Moreover, the company saved significant licensing fees compared to the previous solutions. “However, the main initiator of the project was our desire for 100 percent reliability”, according to Jan Tomsik of the Information and Communication Department, Technological Services. “With the Automic platform, we achieved this goal across all of the system boundaries.”