Texas Instruments Committed to Solaris Platform for SAP Solutions

2/19/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced renewed commitment from Dallas-based semiconductor giant Texas Instruments to continue its utilization of SAP® solutions on the Solaris[tm] Operating Environment platform. Texas Instruments invested in Sun[tm] systems in an effort to improve enterprise readiness for long-term business plans. By implementing SAP solutions on Sun systems, Texas Instruments' performance improvements have yielded increased efficiency in financial data processing, significant cost savings in software and systems expenditures.

Since 1999, Texas Instruments (TI) has been utilizing SAP solutions on Sun systems for accounting, logistics, material management, production planning and control, sales, and distribution functions. In its most recent work in May 2002, Texas Instruments again turned to Sun and SAP to support upcoming releases of SAP solutions. With continued efficiency in IT performance and business operations, the upgraded Sun Fire[tm] V880 and 6800 servers and platforms for SAP solutions are designed to accommodate TI's projected growth over the next two years.

"Building on successes with Sun and SAP from 1999 to present, we recently chose to upgrade to the latest version of Sun hosting SAP , and have already seen better than expected results overall," said Dan Patrick of Texas Instruments. "First, Sun helped us complete the cutover from test to production in a four-and-a-half hour window with no upgrade issues. We're also very pleased with SAP performance on Sun. Since the migration in May 2002, our business has experienced less downtime, SAP batch processing time has typically been reduced by 50 to 60 percent, and we've reduced our transaction times by more than 40 percent."

Since migrating to the new Sun Fire/SAP platform, Texas Instruments has experienced performance improvements, including: fifty to 60 percent reduction in SAP batch processing time; fifty-seven percent reduction in backup time; forty percent improvement in transaction response time; reduction in financial close cycle from 9.2 hours to 7.6 hours; and overall improvements in business operations based upon system reliability, business continuity and minimal disruption to operations.

In its most recent investment in Sun and SAP, Texas Instruments migrated to an environment based on Sun Fire V880 and 6800 servers running the Solaris[tm] 8 Operating Environment, SAP 4.0B, HDS storage, Oracle, and Veritas Cluster server over a gigabit Ethernet network.

According to IDC(Q3CY02), the V880 is the top selling 8-way server and was able to meet the memory intensive, scalability and reliability requirements that TI requires on a daily basis for production worthy applications. In addition, TI is benefiting from mainframe-class functionality, at a midrange server price point with the Sun Fire 6800.

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Sun, Sun Microsystems, Sun Enterprise, Sun Fire, iForce, the Sun logo, and Solaris are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. SAP, R/3, and all other SAP products and services mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and several other countries.

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