Lenovo is a Chinese multinational technology company, originally with headquarters in Beijing, China, and Morrisville, North Carolina, United States

Lenovo was founded in Beijing in November 1984 as Legend and was incorporated in Hong Kong in 1988. Lenovo acquired IBM’s personal computer business in 2005 and agreed to acquire its Intel-based server business in 2014. Lenovo entered the smartphone market in 2012 and as of 2014 was the largest vendor of smartphones in Mainland China. In 2014, Lenovo acquired the mobile phone handset maker Motorola Mobility from Google.

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Case Study:

Lenovo acquires IBM x86 Server Division

Lenovo has operations in more than 60 countries and sells its products in around 160 countries. Lenovo’s principal facilities are in Beijing and Morrisville, with research centres in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Chengdu, Nanjing, and Wuhan in China, Yamato in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, and
Morrisville in the U.S. It also has a joint venture with NEC, Lenovo NEC Holdings, which produces personal computers for the Japanese market.

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At a Glance

Task

As part of the Merger and Acquisition by Lenovo, the IBM on premises Connections environment had to be moved to a Connections Cloud environment with an initial estimate of 30 source communities, along with al l attendant sub-communities.

Each community could range from less than 20 to over 3,500 objects for migration, resulting in a total of approx. 7,000 objects as valid migration candidates.

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Solution

T-Systems employed a flexible, agile approach, with the ability to adapt to changes in template design and reprocess content in bulk when required.

All development and testing were undertaken off-line using Vamosa Technologies Content Migrator software, ensuring no impact on the live sites, and avoiding disruption for the users.

Owing to the volume and mass of data involved, only T-Systems’ structured, automated approach could deliver a tightly time-constrained, flexible, seamless integration.

Benefits

Vamosa’s experience, market leading methodologies and decades of knowledge, delivered a host of benefits for Lenovo, including:

Informed decision making; selective data retention; accurate and relevant metadata model, target template and information architecture.

Flexible approach to deal with an evolving target system.  Cultural and content alignment via close and effective communication.

The experience, knowledge and steadfastness of T-Systems’ consultants left Oracle free to focus on other areas of the acquisition.

The Customer

Lenovo Group Ltd. or Lenovo PC International, often shortened to Lenovo is a multinational technology company with headquarters in Beijing, China, and Morrisville, North Carolina, United States. It designs, develops, manufactures, and sells personal computers, tablet computers, smartphones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices, IT management software, and smart televisions.

Lenovo is the world’s largest personal computer vendor by unit sales, as of March 2019. It markets the ThinkPad line of notebook computers, IdeaPad, Yoga and Legion lines of notebook laptops, and the IdeaCentre and ThinkCentre lines of desktops.

The Task

After acquiring the x86 Server Hardware business arm from IBM, Lenovo had a requirement to move their ‘on premises’ Connections content into a Connections Cloud environment over the course of 6 weeks. The content was held in 30 source communities and each instance housed different content types/structures that had to be aligned to the target Connections structures.

Minimal transformation was required to map the source content types directly into the target content types, as this was a typical ‘lift and shift’ migration.

The Solution

Vamosa technologies and best practice methodology were used as the main migration tool and method which helped to achieve a successful migration.  The Vamosa tool allowed for a tested, repeatable and efficient migration to be achieved on a community by community basis and by content type. The migration approach included a dedicated mapping for source to target content types and was all completed using the published Connections API.

Due to time constraints, the project was effectively placed into a ‘live’ state very early on to allow content to be utilised as quickly as possible. This required the migration team to react quickly to any challenges that were encountered during the project, emphasising the flexible nature of the migration approach.

Prior to the commencement of the migration an analysis phase was completed to obtain an understanding of the content types and verify the number of migration candidates.

The analysis provided a breakdown by community and by content type.  The migration was executed by extracting the source content into the Vamosa migration engine using the published API, processing the content in preparation for the target environment, and finally sending the prepared content into the target, again via the published API.

This was all applied in a relatively short period, given the tight timescales involved. The short migration ensured little downtime for the content authors, with all content finally located in the Connections Cloud environment.

Specific communities also included a delta migration at the request of the customer. The delta was determined using the version history of the Connections content and would highlight either modified or newly created content items. These items were then executed through the same migration process as the initial migrated items.

The Benefits

Thanks to the work done with the T-Systems migration practice and the expertise of the T-Systems consultants, T-Systems were able to deliver a migration from on-premises IBM Connections into IBM Connections Cloud.

Migration of 30 communities into Connections was achieved requiring very little manual updating within a very tight timeframe, resulting in little downtime for content authors.

T-Systems was able to painlessly move the content specifically related to the acquisition out of an IBM controlled on-premise environment into a Lenovo controlled IBM connections cloud instance for Lenovo, thanks to its capabilities and expertise in data handling and migration.  IBM were then able to accurately divest themselves of the data that had been sold to Lenovo, based on T-Systems’ migration reports.

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