12 november 2014
X5 Retail Group updated SAP PI integration bus
GMCS (a subsidiary of MAYKOR) took part in the project of X5 Retail Group on the transition to the new architecture of the integration solution on the platform SAP PI 7.31. As a result of the transition, X5 received a data bus with the "zero" downtime and carrying capacity that exceeded the current needs in data transmission.

The project was aimed at improving the reliability and efficiency of data exchange, as well as minimizing the risks for business due to potential problems associated with the integration. The retailer runs on SAP, which was implemented in partnership with GMCS.

The migration project included optimization and transfer to SAP PI 7.31 of more than 250 integration scripts with external systems: the SAP systems (ERP, HR, BW), Information Systems of EDI-providers to keep document flow with suppliers, approximately 1,000 retail and warehouse systems, supply chain management system, as well as a single system of reference data. And also, it is a system of information flow switching between integration servers of the unified system SAP PI, which are the independent integration runtime environments, to reduce the risk of operation.

"The specific of the integration processes of X5 implies peak periods of the day, when the traffic increases in tens of times. For business it is essential not to change greatly the delivery time. As a consequence, the integration bus must have sufficient capacity to successfully fulfill these bursts. In the new version of SAP PI we completely abandoned the ABAP-Java-Script and switched to more effective JavaOnly-scenarios, significantly improving overall system performance. A distributed architecture of the bus allows the company to reduce planned outage and possible system failures SAP PI," said Alexander Ustinov, Head of Integration Solutions Department, X5 Retail Group.

About X5 Retail Group

X5 Retail Group (X5) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates the following retail formats: the soft discounter chain under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand the online retail channel under E5.ru brand and convenience stores under various brands.

At 31 December 2013, X5 had 4,544 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 3,568 Pyaterochka soft discounter stores, 390 Perekrestok supermarkets, 83 Karusel hypermarkets and 189 convenience stores.The Company operates 32 DCs and 1,848 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

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