Case Study

Case Study
Working Solution:

Post-Merger Application Rationalization Helps to Eliminate an Entire DataCenter

The Challenge

After a significant merger, the IT operations of one of the largest Office Products brands took on the mandate of an enterprise-wide cost rationalization of its services. It set up a taskforce to reimagine and deliver economies of scale across its merged estate, to improve business processes and shareholder value and it achieved its ROI goal within two years.

The Solution

“We absolutely did not want to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into a high-end solution that was unwieldy. We needed a platform solution that we understood, meaning Sequel Server, that did not require users to be retrained and that we could apply to any system we target for cost rationalization.”


The company discovered that DataNovata uniquely met all of its criteria:

  • multiplatform, consistent ability to interpret an application database schema
  • ability to customize the user view of the data
  • ability to function independent of the original host
  • rapid workflow to accelerate decommissioning cycles
  • pricing model well below operational costs.

“All the vendors we spoke to could do basic archiving,” continues Budd “And, starting from scratch, could create a way to look at each database. What the other vendors could not do, which separates DataNovata from the rest, is provide us with repeatable, scalable, out-of-the-box flexibility to view each database uniquely. It is so easy to make the application native to the user I don’t actually know if some of our users realize they are no longer looking at the old system.”

The Project

For the first assignment the client provided DataNovata with a data dictionary, index information and data in CSV files with a user requirements document:

  • Platform: IBM i-Series
  • Application: Movex ERP
  • Database size: 50 Gb
  • 35 screens to be replicated.

The elapsed time from client delivery of the data files to the completion of UAT was 16 weeks. The entire Movex data history is now accessible independent of the legacy host which has been scheduled for immediate retirement.

The overall cost savings are estimated at £40K p.a. on this first project and the rationalization initiative helped the company reduce its datacentre footprint by 33%.

The Result

DataNovata achieved a return on investment in just 9 months enabling an entire datacentre to be decommissioned. The first of the DataNovata applications was delivered in 16 weeks. The second was delivered within the next couple of weeks.

"What sets DataNovata apart is that, in each case we apply it, our business users are hardly aware that we have decommissioned the original system."

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