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Reduced 50% Operational Cost for a Leading Retail Chain in the Philippines through AWS Cloud Migration

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 Reduced 50% Operational Cost for a Leading Retail Chain in the Philippines through AWS Cloud Migration - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Database Management & Storage
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Databases
Applicable Industries
  • Consumer Goods
  • Retail
Applicable Functions
  • Maintenance
  • Quality Assurance
Use Cases
  • Retail Store Automation
  • Theft Detection
Services
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge
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.
The Customer

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.
The Solution
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.
Operational Impact
  • The migration to AWS cloud resulted in significant operational improvements for Metro Retail Stores Group. The company was able to manage cost and resources optimally while maintaining scalability as per requirement. The cloud migration provided 99% uptime with no risk of failure, significantly improving the reliability of the system. The use of Amazon CloudWatch metrics helped the client lower infrastructure cost and make trackability easy. The upgrades ensured that requirements for future upgrades were met, ensuring the system's long-term viability. The management of the system was simplified with no additional monitoring tool in the cloud.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Migration to AWS cloud completed within 8 months along with testing on three different testing environments
  • Operational costs reduced by 50% with migration
  • Cloud migration provided 99% uptime with no risk of failure

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