AyalaLand Inc (ALI), one of the Philippines’ largest and most respected real estate and property development firms, currently operates 173 active companies, caters to the needs of 100,000 plus business partners and carries 1000+ properties & buildings, 140,000+ rental objects and more than 4.5 million accounts receivable/payable open items. To help them manage their multifaceted business processes, they have been long time users of the SAP® Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution.
ALI was in the midst of a major migration from SAP ERP Version 4.6C to SAP ECC 6.0. ALI’s existing SAP solution was specially customised because they chose not to perform a standard technical upgrade. Moreover, ALI wanted to implement new functionalities such as Flexible Real Estate Management (RE-FX). During the project, ALI recognised that they could add considerable value to their investment if they took the opportunity to migrate the underlying data to conform to the more exacting requirements of the newer SAP ERP solution.
To help them achieve their goals within a tight timeframe, as well as to guarantee an upgrade without business interruption, ALI reached out to the data specialists at Syniti to manage the data track of the project.
Syniti specializes in large, complex data migration and governance projects and has developed a proven “Load Early, Load Often” methodology to facilitate the process. This methodology enables Syniti to deliver outstanding results on virtually every project.
Once we took Syniti suggestion of applying their data migration methodology, we were able to cut the upload duration by almost 80%. This was a huge gain that helped us achieve our cutover milestones. In fact, our only complaint was that Syniti should have joined us earlier.”
One of the benefits that Syniti brings to a project is that they are strong believers in knowledge transfer and empower their clients to take ownership of the project and become efficient in the application of Syniti’s solutions.
“They were aware of our reputation for delivering successful outcomes on complex data migration projects and appreciated the fact that we had particular expertise in the real estate sector. We were able to provide immediate assistance with their project by applying our data migration skills, processes and deep SAP knowhow as part of our methodology. When you bring Syniti into your project, managers have one area less to worry about as Syniti takes data out from the critical path of the project.“
Syniti assigned a team of experts — both onsite and offshore — to support the project. ALI required a ‘progressive migration’ in which selected data sets would be migrated in succession as part of delta loads.
Syniti’s presence made it possible to migrate such a large amount of complex real estate data over such a short period of time. Syniti also showed us how to extract and migrate complex long text from our Sales Contracts database. This had been a significant challenge from the beginning and could have been problematic. However, thanks to Syniti it was a non-issue.”
Why Syniti was Selected
The Syniti team integrated with our company’s workforce seamlessly. I am confident that significant manual effort reduction was possible due to Syniti being there. This, in turn, was key to the overall success of the data migration and the upgrade."
As a result of Syniti’s engagement, ALI was able to complete the project successfully. In total, Syniti’s engagement lasted a little over four months. This allowed ALI to meet their tight timeframe and transfer all 173 active companies with 340 business entities and more than 4.5 million records to their new SAP ERP platform in a single ‘big bang’ upgrade. The SAP migration has enabled ALI to avoid hardware and software obsolescence and mitigate the risk of hardware breakdown while simultaneously reducing expenditures due to maintenance extensions. Additionally, SAP 6.0 has enabled them to implement new functionalities and support tighter interoperability between SAP and newer Windows operating systems and database technologies.
But none of this would have been possible without the injection of expertise by Syniti as the project developed.
“The Syniti team integrated with our company’s workforce seamlessly,” concludes Alipao. “I am confident that significant manual effort reduction was possible due to Syniti being there. This, in turn, was key to the overall success of the data migration and the upgrade.