IICS Cloud Migration

Improved Cost Efficiency and Flexibility Through Cloud Migration on IICS


Reduction in Annual TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)


System Availability


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Business Case Summary

As an important step of their modernization and digitalization strategy, our client needed to migrate their data centers to the cloud. The main purpose behind the migration was to benefit from the cloud platforms’ advantages and eliminating the running/maintenance costs of on-prem data centers as well as license fees of various on-prem tools. Following their cloud-first approach, we migrated the client’s aged legacy system successfully to IICS (Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services).

Solution Summary

Adastra migrated the existing aged legacy system to the cloud, providing our client with a flexible, cost-efficient, and modernized platform. The system availability has been increased to 99.9% and the cloud’s subscription model eliminates license fees for on-prem tools.

Benefits Summary

  1. Increased flexibility and timeliness of system upgrades 
  2. Annual TCO (total cost of ownership) reduction of 20%
  3. Simplification of licensing model to subscription based service model
  4. Increased system availability of 99.9%

Business Case

Conventional on-premises data centers have become cumbersome due to their technical drawbacks and technical debt contributors as compared to cloud based solutions. They can be very costly to operate with a lower rate of data availability. Moreover, they require frequent maintenance and upgrades caused by the high loads on the systems which result in continuous maintenance costs for organizations.

Our client was using an aged on-prem legacy system, experiencing similar disadvantages. Maintenance as well as license/infrastructure fees of the on-prem tools were too high, and the system availability was lower compared to its contemporary counterparts caused by the frequent maintenance cycles.

These drawbacks caused a decrease in our client’s productivity and impacting their profitability. Based on our client’s modernization and digitalization strategy, focusing on a cloud-first approach, we developed and implemented a cloud based approach.


The advent of new technologies often provide increased efficiencies and reduced costs, as is the case with cloud technology. Organizations are continuously gravitating to cloud solutions for these exact reasons.

Similarly, our solution for our client was to migrate the data from an on prem Informatica PowerCenter to Informatica Intelligent Cloud Platform (IICS). We executed a mass ingestion, allowing the consumption of DB2i logs by IICS. This approach was intended by Adastra, mainly because the final platform, the Google Cloud, was not compatible with the client’s aged legacy system and did not allow a direct migration to Google Cloud.

By leveraging technologies such as Informatica IDMC-IICS, DB2i, and BigQuery, our client acquired a modernized cloud platform where a subscription model can be used instead of a licensing model, maximizing efficiency and enabling flexibility in the processing power.


On-prem data center tools often come with a licensing model that requires an annual license with monthly/quarterly/annually payments. This results in inflexible and inefficient operation; to cope with potentially high data loads, organizations tend to over-spend for on-prem data centers. In many cases, organizations overestimate the processing power required resulting in less than optimized efficiencies. In addition, on-prem data centers require frequent maintenance and cause a lower system availability.

Cloud platforms allow organizations to acquire temporary processing power when needed and downgrade to initial stats after the high load processes are completed. These temporary upgrades can be executed in hours whereas upgrading on-prem data centers can take weeks and naturally cannot be returned which makes it a permanent investment.

Key benefits derived from the cloud migration are:

  • Increased flexibility and timeliness of system upgrades
  • Annual TCO (total cost of ownership) reduction of 20%
  • Simplification of licensing model to subscription based service model
  • Increased system availability of 99.9%

Client Summary

Our client is a leading discount mass merchandiser retailer in Canada with operations in many provinces across 260+ locations. By implementing this solution, our client is quickly becoming a leader through their use of data and analytics through cloud solutions.

Why Adastra?

Adastra has been providing customized and top-notch solutions for over 20 years. By utilizing our extensive knowledge in the industry and our capability to offer assistance in all time zones, we provide exceptional service and consistent assistance to our customers.

Being a worldwide organization, we use our multiple offices and specialists across the globe to assist businesses in executing digital transformation initiatives, attaining operational excellence, enhancing their productivity, and profitability. Adastra has collaborated with many well-known global companies and has a robust customer base.

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