Case Study

Case Study
Working Solution:

Improving Compliance in Aerospace

The Challenge

$5bn Aerospace Division of a global industrial conglomerate needed to address its compliance controls regarding long-term access to technical component data history. A lack of an accessible archiving solution meant that legacy systems on-hold were an increasing liability for cost and maintenance. One manufacturing data system, implemented in 1988, was high-risk due to imminent vendor withdrawal of database support.

The challenge was to implement on a trial basis a quick, reliable, accessible and cost-effective and for compliance solution that could scale across multiple systems due for retirement.


The Solution

  • Implement DataNovata Premium to render the data into a JAVA-based, HTML5 application accessing an SQL Server database with all the contextual data relationships intact.
  • Simplify screen functions and UX with a modern application interface to give user secure and easy access.

The Project

The pilot project began with migration of the Database to SQL Server. DataNovata automatically generated an HTML5 application, which was tailored to meet user and compliance requirements:

  • UniData 7.1 database
  • IBM eServer X Series
  • 18,312 data files
  • 88Gb in size
  • 76 enquiry screens
  • Windows Server 2003

The Result

  • The project cycle took 3 months, after which the DataNovata solution was deployed within the client live environment.
  • The client was able to switch off the old server and stop paying for maintenance and support for application, hardware and database.
  • The DataNovata application is fully compliant accessing the SQL server database.
  • The client can also share the DataNovata API with other applications.

"It was difficult to picture any solution that could be applied to all our legacy archiving. In just three months it was apparent that we had found our Global solution for legacy applications. If we want to go to the cloud or swap our ERP system or just rationalise our estate, DataNovata is now our go to solution.”

IT Director, European Operations

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