SSL International Case Study

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Application(s): Infor BPCS/System 21/Data 3/other ERP solutions

Industry: Healthcare Manufacturing

Region: UK

Company Size: F500/FTSE 250 Large Enterprise

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Seton Scholl London International (SSL) made a strategic decision to align all the systems it had acquired through M&A activity with SAP ERP on an SQL server platform. Transferring so many data variants to SAP was daunting.
SSL needed an efficient solution that would give immediate access to all the transaction and audit history, eliminate the cost of existing hardware, and ease the way forward to the SAP implementation.

The Challenge:

Create a data bridge between the existing and future systems that would:

  • Merge all of the company’s non-SAP databases that were not required for SAP licence
  • Define a common data structure for all the database variants that was meaningful to the business user.
  • Segment the data application into relevant models e.g. Customer Care, Finance, Manufacturing.
  • Plan for worldwide implementation in multiple languages using VMware on an SQL platform.
  • Provide immediate access to all transaction and audit history
  • Eliminate the cost of the legacy hardware

The Project:

Generate an XML, Java-based, DataNovata application for:

• 11 iSeries/AS400’s
• Infor -BPICS
• System 21 (JBA)
• Data 3 (KBM)
• Various ERP systems from acquired companies
• 1500 database tables
• All data records of the past 2 years' history

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The Result

  • Project took less than 12 months from start to completion

  • Only one week needed to train business users on the DataNovata application

  • SSL could successfully decommission its iSeries/AS400 platform with no loss of data integrity and accessibility

  • No additional licences were needed for SAP in order to maintain full access to the data

“DataNovata exceeded our expectations. The team quickly understood what we were trying to achieve and we have found DataNovata to be robust and easy to use. I would certainly recommend DataNovata to anyone wishing to decommission applications.”

Stewart Sawinski, Technical Architect Controller