- Long relationship with NTT DATA Business Solutions
- Invaluable partner through processes
- Methodical approach toward system upgrade/migration/optimization
Paul Townsend, Business Intelligence Team Coach, Johnsonville
Johnsonville was started as a family butcher shop by Ralph F. and Alice Stayer in 1945 in a small town of the same name in Wisconsin. The sausage made in the shop came from an old family recipe passed down from generation to generation.
What started as a one-location shop has grown into an international company with 1,400 employees, and distribution to 35 countries, all while remaining privately owned.
Challenges and Benefits
- Access to real-time data playing an increasingly critical role in all areas of business
- Upgrade from MS SQL 2008
- Data warehouse environment upgrade
- Optimization of more than 100 data cubes and 36 programs
- Better understanding of the supply chain
- Enabling business analytics
- Predictive & prescriptive analysis
- More timely reports
- Run new SAP programs designed specifically for HANA
- Data warehouse environment upgrade to 7.4 SP6
- SAP HANA
About the Project
Johnsonville was not yet running HANA and needed to upgrade from MS SQL 2008. The project also required a data warehouse environment upgrade from SAP BW 7.31 to 7.4 SP6.
Johnsonville has enjoyed a long relationship with NTT DATA Business Solutions—including a businesscritical implementation of SAP ERP and EDI in 2008—and knew that their partner could deliver the project to meet all objectives.
Because the SAP DSiM project could not start until the HANA and BW projects were completed, an aggressive schedule was put into place. NTT DATA Business Solutions quickly got to work and activated its global network capabilities through the close coordination of three teams with focused roles. Specifically, NTT DATA Business Solutions Germany was tasked with preparation and guidance, while NTT DATA Business Solutions Malaysia led the BW upgrade and HANA migration through its HANA Center of Excellence, and NTT DATA Business Solutions US handled the optimization work for BW on HANA.
Townsend said, “NTT DATA Business Solutions was very impressive throughout this project and demonstrated their depth of expertise with BW and HANA. As a result of their great coordination with our team and across their global team, we experienced flawlessly executed migrations. With our established partnership, intelligence understands our business and we feel they work as an agent for Johnsonville, helping to ensure our best interest is at hand.”
As a result of NTT DATA Business Solutions’ data migration work, Johnsonville’s data was compressed by a 3:1 ratio and initial overnight data reports ran 60 percent faster. This time is expected to increase further through additional optimization. In addition, more timely reports are now available to executives throughout the day to provide the right information to the right people when they need it.
Through its HANA upgrade, Johnsonville has increased its ability to run new SAP programs designed specifically for HANA, thus furthering its continuous business innovation goals.
"NTT DATA Business Solutions took our direction, added their levels of expertise and developed a final plan that was clear, detailed and achievable. Most importantly, they performed and executed through every obstacle and roadblock with the utmost professional effort and demeanor, which allowed us to overachieve on all our milestones…