Project Description

A $6.9 billion global manufacturer of automotive, aerospace, marine, rail, and industrial supplies with 40,000 employees located in 36 countries needed to plan and execute a complete data center relocation. Altus adopted a proven methodology of collaboration to mitigate risk and successfully migrate servers, leading to full customer satisfaction.


An innovative and diversified $6.9 billion global supplier of quality products, trusted grants and creative solutions to manufacturers of automotive, light commercial, heavy-duty and off-highway vehicles, as well as in power generation, aerospace, marine, rail and industrial. The company has 40,000 people located in 36 countries.

Client Environment:

  • Their environment consisted of a variety of equipment from vendors such as IBM, Sun, HP, CISCO, and EMC.
  • The primary goal was to make the relocation of all IT systems a “non-event” outside of the company. All EDI processes were to be maintained while meeting the other targets set for the project. The project team was to develop strategies for the relocation that would maximize the re-use of existing equipment.
  • This project including the development of the several cost cases for the relocation plan, which included a risk assessment for each cost case.

The Solution:

  • The original relocation concept, which was a cost based approach, had to be converted to a risk based approach to meet the business requirements. High profile servers were asset swapped prior to the move to shorten the relocation time as much as possible and reduce the risk profile.
  • To allow a multiple week migration occur, applications were completely mapped to determine dependencies. This ensured that inter-dependent applications were moved together on the same weekend.

Critical Success Factors:

  • Adopted a proven methodology and approach
  • Used a collaborative rather than directive approach
  • Brought in resources when needed and on a timely basis
  • Used “mitigate the relocation risks” as the guiding principle
  • Leverage IT best practices in accomplishing the relocation