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Pick n Pay is migrating its data from three separate legacy systems to Amazon Web Services (AWS), which in its own words offers a broad set of global compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services that help organisations move faster, lower IT costs, and scale applications. The Big Blue is reportedly 80% along the way (which in actual migration is where the wildebeest teeter nervously on the crocodile-lined shores of the Mara River) and is pushing for 100% by the end of the year, once all the old platforms – chief among them SAP’s BW for HANA – have been dismantled. The thinking? All three existing platforms have been running into constraints, Pick n Pay is wanting to future-ready itself in an age of big data and machine learning, and the cloud solution provided by Amazon enables the business to get the most of the hardware it currently has. From a business perspective, says Andrew Mayes, Pick n Pay’s GM for Business Intelligence and Data Science, “Towards the backend of last year we were faced with a number of challenges that we arguably see as opportunities. They entailed quite a few things from [a] business perspective that we simply could not do in that previous environment.”
Comment: Excellent use of the word backend, that IT guy.