The SwAF and IBM launched a pilot project to migrate records from existing legacy systems and test RTL methodology.
In early 2010, Mr. Torbiörnsson and his team worked with colleagues from IBM Global Business Services® on a pilot project at IBM’s facilities in Stockholm.
The goal for the pilot was to use the RTL methodology to migrate legacy logistics data into a target SAP/ERP environment. No pilot project of this type had ever been done by the SwAF before.
After working on the pilot with IBM Global Business Services for 12 weeks, Mr. Torbiörnsson and his team provided a live demonstration that cleansed and migrated records from three legacy systems into the SAP/ERP environment, and the project was considered a success.
“We demonstrated that there was less risk using the InfoSphere Information Server RTL method, allowing us to go live in much less time. That was the most important benefit.”
The focus on data quality early in the process helped identify over 200 business errors that were resolved before data migration. Then, six test migrations were executed using legacy data, and approximately 5.9 million data records were migrated. During the verification process, about 20 business users compared legacy data with data in the SAP/ERP environment to discover only 28 remarks and few errors.
On completing phases three and four in about 18 months, data was migrated from 12 legacy systems to the SAP environment, and three legacy systems were replaced by SAP. The Ready to Launch methodology and IBM Global Business Services will help SwAF complete phases five and six to establish a world-class model for defense agency transformation.