BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. With more than 110,000 employees, approximately 380 production sites worldwide BASF serve customers and partners in almost all countries of the world. In 2012, BASF posted sales of €72.1B

Business Challenge
As would be expected of a large organization BASF’s growth was from a number of acquisitions. One such acquisition was Engelhard Corporation in 2005. SAP had been BASF’s system of record for a large amount of information and it was natural that the erstwhile Engelhard was brought into SAP. BASF also had a policy of leaving behind the history of transactions in the respective legacy systems. As time passed, the utility of legacy systems became less and less. However, because of the nature of information that was housed in these legacy systems, the data itself was critical to be retained for a large period of time.

In 2011, the risk of leaving behind history in legacy applications and the cost of maintaining the applications became a focal point. Not only was the cost of retaining the applications becoming cost prohibitive, but also the applications and the database could not be upgraded. Application, Database and the Operating Systems were 3 generations old and there was no guarantee that if something went wrong, the data could be saved.

BASF selected Optim to standardize their legacy data platform and engaged Xtensegrity to implement the solution for them.

The key challenges that the implementation team faced were, there was a lack of knowledge of the legacy applications to define the requirements and the timeframe for such an implementation. The scope involved decommissioning a JDE instance and 8 industry specific MRP systems. ZAG, using its methodology of express decommissioning extracted all of the information into an Optim environment that was commissioned on virtual servers. The team could then identify the reports that were being used by the business users to support legal and other inquiries, translated them into InfoSeek queries and completed the project in 3 months.

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July 19, 2016