As a result, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) and St. Galler Tagblatt, both highly respected newspapers and the two mainstays of the NZZ Group, expect to make significant six-figure savings (Swiss Francs) within the first year, and to improve the performance of their servers. The project entailed the replacement of hardware and operating systems with vendor-independent technologies and Open-Source products. The first concrete proposals were developed in early 2004, and in April of the same year NZZ awarded the contract jointly to TDS MultiVision, IBM and Bechtle Data AG. On account of its proven SAP skills, TDS MultiVision was tasked with overall project management and with development of the SAP migration plan. IBM provided additional advice, coaching both TDS MultiVision and Bechtle Data. Bechtle Data was charged with selecting, procuring and installing the hardware.
As Peter Baer, Director of IT at St. Galler Tagblatt, explains, “This project has enabled us to considerably reduce our operating costs and boost performance. Our servers are now up to eight times faster. That kind of improvement is only possible with the right skills and technical expertise on the part of the company executing the project, and with close collaboration between all project partners.” Following successful migration of its SAP software to Linux, the publishing house is now implementing a cluster architecture than will increase protection against IT outages. This work should be completed by late March 2005.