Discount Tire - SAP Commerce Upgrade

Industry
National Tire and Wheel Retailer
Location
Scottsdale, AZ
Tags
SAP COMMERCE
PLATFORM IMPLEMENTATION
UPGRADE
DIGITAL COMMERCE
Key Impact
Our knowledge of SAP Commerce helped the client upgrade from 5.5 to 6.7 without any interruption to their parallel ongoing critical business initiatives.
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THE CHALLENGE
Modernize technology to utilize new features on flagship site.

After a multi-project collaboration with Discount Tire to re-platform its website and point-of-service (POS) system, among many other projects, Discount Tire tasked Avatria with modernizing their SAP Commerce instance to take advantage of new capabilities that had been introduced since 5.5. With numerous projects and business critical initiatives ongoing, it was impossible to stop all work in order to focus solely on an upgrade. However, the upgrade had to be done so that Discount Tire could leverage enhanced capabilities within SOLR, the newly released promotion engine, and various other key improvements.

The Avatria team recommended a parallel process in which the upgrade work would occur in tandem with new development, allowing other initiatives to be completed on schedule.

PROJECT DETAILS
The Avatria led team, which included Discount Tire resources, focused on a step by step modernization plan. The team operated behind the scenes for multiple months, even including an additional unplanned upgrade to the the latest SAP Commerce version (6.6 >6.7).
Our Process
All other initiatives were allowed to continue uninterrupted due to the critical structure of the work.
  • Focused on making the existing code base compile and deploy with the latest version
  • Migrated or refactored features one by one to take advantage of newer implementation approaches
  • Code freeze when all code compiles and all features are migrated
  • Short regression cycle was executed
  • Moderrnized code base was deployed
RESULTS
Zero Interruption to Normal Business Operations

Avatria played a critical role in helping Discount Tire strategize the best sequencing and timing to incur minimal disruption to other projects. We were able to reduce the amount of refactoring required and enable faster deployment of the upgrade and all new tracks of work by coordinating with Discount Tire leadership to identify which projects were appropriate to begin prior to the upgrade and which would benefit from waiting for the modernized code base.

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