Established 100 years ago, Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC (Morrisons) is the United Kingdom’s fourth-largest food retailer with 9 million customers shopping at its 476 stores every week. As the second-largest food manufacturer in the United Kingdom, the company sources and processes most of the fresh food it sells through its own manufacturing facilities, which gives it close control over provenance and quality.
Morrisons is undertaking a large-scale IT transformation program encompassing financial systems, planning, forecasting, distribution, and manufacturing operations, and it chose Oracle as its preferred supplier. With a substantial Oracle estate already in place, Morrisons brought its Oracle applications onto Oracle Exadata to benefit from technological and support-based synergies across the organization.
“We chose Oracle Exadata to replace HP Superdome as Oracle Exadata offered the capacity, processing power and availability to meet our growing data processing requirements. We have achieved data compression rates of up to 100x,” said Jonathan Walsh, management information systems manager, Morrisons.
Morrisons worked with Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services to implement Oracle Exadata within an aggressive six-month timeframe. A short proof of concept demonstrated very high levels of compression and potential for batch processing improvement.
Oracle ran several workshops with Morrisons to demonstrate the necessary steps between delivering the machines and the go-live date. By drawing on Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services’ knowledge and expertise, Morrisons achieved a successful implementation.
Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services’ methodology and quality processes complemented Morrisons' in-house technical skills. Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services provided best-practice guidance and advice throughout the project to assist Morrisons’ technical teams with installing and configuring applications onto the Oracle Exadata platform and implementing a new backup and restore solution.