Capturing fast-moving footwear fashion trends with responsive, omni-channel retail from IBM and SAP

How could Clarks make it easy for footwear customers to buy the right style and size at the moment of inspiration?

The Challenge

To convert fleeting fashion trends into sales, Clarks wanted to activate new channels and digital services rapidly—but found that existing systems could not support the volume and pace of change.

The Solution

Working with IBM and Elyzium to lay the foundation for omni-channel retail, Clarks moved its mission-critical SAP business systems to the SAP HANA data platform - hosted in a private cloud based on IBM Power Systems - to enable rapid creation of multiple digital routes to market, maximise sales and ensure that every boot fits.

With our SAP solutions running on a responsive, high-performance private cloud platform, we are in a strong position to build value-added services, integrate our data with new applications, and ultimately bring our products to market faster. - Zoe Jones, Service Manager – SAP Applications, Clarks

The Business Outcome

  • 50% increase in compute capacity with no rise in operational costs
  • 90% faster provisioning for digital services, cutting time to market for new channels
  • 2x boost in end-user application performance, supporting faster decision-making

Read the full Clarks SAP HANA on IBM Power client reference here. If you have any questions or would like to hear more, then just give us a call or drop us a line.