Accelerate your analytics: New certifications for SAP applications


IBM DB2 BLU Acceleration on Power Systems now certified for SAP applications

This month SAP officially announced support of IBM DB2 BLU Acceleration on Power Systems for SAP Business Warehouse.

BLU Acceleration, which simplifies and speeds reporting and analytics, exploits the unique capabilities of Power Systems by design. The deep integration and synergy of DB2 and Power Systems has resulted in a decade-long run of performance leadership, and most recently it was optimized to exploit Power’s massive parallel processing and superior memory architecture to deliver leading dynamic in-memory analytics as an integrated solution for clients’ database environments. Included in DB2 10.5, BLU Acceleration can deliver 8 to 25 times faster reporting and analytics1 at the greatest moment of impact, as well as 10 times storage space savings2.

Power Systems with DB2 supported the highest number of SAP SD benchmarks users per core – taking the top five spots – on the SAP 2-Tier SD benchmark.3 Now with this certification, BLU Acceleration can dramatically improve the performance of SAP BW applications while reducing costs.

This announcement means that clients who are buying or upgrading to DB2 10.5 on Power Systems – also available to SAP ASL clients – can derive the full value of BLU innovation at no additional cost. Businesses get faster insights from more data to make smarter decisions, enabling them to better serve customers, reduce risk and improve the efficiency of operations.

For clients making new infrastructure decisions, we announced in October IBM BLU Acceleration Solution – Power Systems Edition, which offers a pre-installed and pre-optimized solution that is simple to acquire, deploy and implement.

Take a few moments to explore the game-changing combination of DB2 with BLU Acceleration and Power Systems, and now, for SAP applications. There’s no better time to get started on garnering the greatest value from your ever-growing natural resource – data – at breakthrough speed and differentiated price performance.


1 Based on internal IBM testing of sample analytic workloads comparing queries accessing row-based tables on DB2 10.1 vs. columnar tables on DB2 10.5. Performance improvement figures are cumulative of all queries in the workload. Individual results will vary depending on individual workloads, configurations and conditions.
2 Client-reported testing results in DB2 10.5 early release program. Individual results will vary depending on individual workloads, configurations and conditions, including table size and content.
3 Source:

Douglas (Doug) Balog, General Manager, Power Systems, is responsible for IBM’s worldwide Power server business and the IBM Power System franchise. Doug is also a member of IBM’s Performance Team (PT) and Strategy Team (ST), which focus respectively on tactical execution and the strategic direction for the IBM enterprise. Doug has been part of IBM’s Systems and Technology group for 30 years with product development leadership and brand leadership roles across System z, System x, BladeCenter, System Storage and now Power Systems. During that time, he has led major portfolio transformations across all of these brands to better align with clients’ needs and the market shifts.

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3 Responses to Accelerate your analytics: New certifications for SAP applications

  1. Sap Sd online Training says:

    Thank u so much…. for sharing this information with us

  2. Bushair Thayyil says:

    Is SAP on DB2 BLU is certified on z13 ?

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