Reduced 50% Operational Cost for a Leading Retail Chain in the Philippines through AWS Cloud Migration
- Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Database Management & Storage
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Databases
- Consumer Goods
- Quality Assurance
- Retail Store Automation
- Theft Detection
- Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
- System Integration
Metro Retail Stores Group, a leading operator of department stores and hypermarkets in the Visayas region, in the Philippines, was facing several challenges with its existing Oracle Retail Applications and EBS. The applications, which were deployed on cloud services such as Oracle Linux, IBM, and AWS cloud, lacked high availability, affecting the operational performance. The system also struggled to scale and handle traffic spikes and loads. The client needed to complete the migration before the expiration of on-premises licenses. The on-premises infrastructure lacked robust security, and the management of cost and resources was ineffective. Additionally, the client needed to upgrade the OS, database, and server versions along with the migration.
Metro Retail Stores Group
About The Customer
Metro Retail Stores Group is a leading operator of department stores and hypermarkets in the Visayas region, in the Philippines. According to retail sales value, it is the second largest supermarket operator in the region. The company is consistently expanding and its business now includes multiple store formats ranging from department stores and supermarkets to hypermarkets. In 2019, it was awarded ‘Retailer of the Year’ at the Outstanding Filipino Retailer (OFR) Awards. The client had implemented Oracle Retail Applications for business activities such as merchandising, planning, stores, and warehouse management. Financial requirements were taken care of by EBS.
Aspire provided a comprehensive solution to Metro Retail Stores Group's challenges. The solution involved deploying Oracle Retail Applications and Oracle E-business Suite on AWS. Non-Oracle applications were also migrated to AWS cloud. The system was subjected to multiple test scenarios including SIT, UAT, and dry-run environments. An ASM file system was implemented on AWS, and a cross migration of nine databases from AIX to LINUX-XTTS was carried out. A lift and shift approach was used for the WINDOWS to LINUX shift. The operating system and EBS applications were migrated to the AWS system to manage the traffic-related spikes. Upgrades in the database, and WebLogic were ensured to maintain requirements for future upgrades. The ASM file system was implemented to optimize the storage performance on AWS.
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