Anglian Water Services has successfully completed a project to bring its job and asset management into line with its new SAP system in only six weeks.
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While SAP deployments have a reputation for bursting budgets and deadlines, Anglian Water's IT department has survived a 300,000-item data migration with its reputation in tact.
The project was part of restructuring prompted by its decision to implement SAP as part of a year 2000 project. The migration was executed by IT outsourcing firm Computer Sciences (CSC) primarily using non-IT staff and intelligent middleware from Evolutionary Technologies International (ETI).
Ian Montgomery, CSC senior systems analyst, said, "The restructuring involved a major reconfiguration of Mimcom's Job and Asset Management core data.
"Half of the problem was getting the rules defined quickly and accurately. We needed something very flexible and very quick so we used ETI Extract - a middleware package we used previously to speed up a year 2000 project to migrate data to SAP from older, non-Y2K compliant Digital VAX and Bull GCOS systems."
ETI's technology allows non-technical professionals to create business rules for data migration.