Chivas - Migration to Oracle Analytics Cloud

History & Background

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch Whisky business of Pernod Ricard. Their award-winning portfolio features some of the worlds most revered Scotch Whisky brands including Chivas Regal.

The Challenge

In October 2019, Rittman Mead and Chivas Brothers discussed options for the replatforming of OBIEE and Essbase.

At this time Chivas Brothers were utilising Oracle’s high performance Exalytics platforms with OBIEE and Essbase installed. Development & Disaster Recovery were hosted on one environment based in their Kilmalid Data Centre and a Production environment for OBIEE and Essbase was hosted and based in their Paisley Data Centre.

Chivas Brothers embarked on a decommissioning activity from its data centres and as such the Exalytics boxes were no longer required. This meant that OBIEE and Essbase needed to be re-platformed. OBIEE and Essbase currently connect to an on-premise Oracle Data Warehouse. Rittman Mead worked closely with Chivas brothers and Oracle to discuss options for re-platforming, including the pros and cons of keeping the service on-premise and looking at the benefits of moving each of the applications to the Oracle Cloud.

Following a collaborative exercise to determine success factors and test them against a pilot running on the Oracle Cloud, it was decided that Oracle Analytics and Essbase would be migrated to the Cloud and Oracle’s Autonomous Datawarehouse (ADW) would be implemented to enable Chivas Brothers to benefit from the high performance it was used to with Exalytics.

Our Approach

Rittman Mead completed two separate migrations for Chivas Brothers of Oracle Analytics Cloud and Essbase. Following a proven methodology that has been designed over a number of years and through many successful migrations, this was done in an efficient and timely manner ensuring knowledge transfer to Chivas Brothers’ team along the way. Rittman Mead helped to move their user authentication to Oracle Identity Cloud Service (IDCS) and also helped troubleshoot and resolve some security issues that were experienced during the project.

Benefits Achieved

  • Modern, autonomous, and efficient environment.
  • Increased data security within Oracle Analytics Cloud.
  • Minimized system downtime during the migration.

Rittman Mead Value

“We were delighted with the project. Initially we had teething problems sourcing the right talent for the task, but Rittman Mead provided the expertise for a successful and efficient migration.

Their consultants offered flexible help throughout the project to ensure mission critical systems were operational.”

Mark Hunter
Production Manager

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