Supporting an automotive manufacturer with end-of-support migration

The goal of the project was to migrate an IT landscape that had grown over decades with different applications to new application and operating system versions in good time before the end of support.
The main challenge was to review each existing application in terms of functionality, criticality and interactions, as well as to make necessary adjustments to ensure a smooth migration.

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The tasks of the BITS employees covered all important facets of IT project management and IT consulting: from professional project communication and project planning to various workshops for knowledge transfer and discussion of requirements and possible risks, and finally to service provider management.
Furthermore, the coordination and communication with the internal data center of the company was part of the tasks of BITS.


One challenge was to figure out the requirements and dependencies for each system. As this was an evolved heterogeneous IT infrastructure, it was also necessary to dissolve all existing knowledge islands. For this purpose, the BITS project managers created an application map with contact persons, responsibilities and know-how carriers of all systems.
An in-depth risk identification as well as cost calculation and determination of the adaptation requirements were also part of the project planning. The second major challenge, as in very many projects, was time, as the migration had to be completed in time for the end of support.

The following is an overview of the project success factors that the BITS project team successfully mastered:

  • Find contact persons and know-how carriers for each system in a timely manner

  • Find out requirements and impacts for each system e.g. expired service contracts, incompatible software etc.

  • Carry out adjustments in compliance with Group guidelines

  • Adhere to schedule, as end-of-life of operating system

  • Migration support through own project structure, best practice and knowledge transfer to the respective application owners


In order to carry out the migration successfully, a detailed migration plan was developed. This defined the process and the data and interfaces to be migrated.

Communication took the form of regular updates on project status as well as various info sessions and workshops.
BITS provided IT consultants, IT project managers and IT specialists to implement this project. The BITS team took on the following tasks: Definition of the status quo and project scope, scheduling, project setup, definition of a project structure, migration support, as well as coordination and control of service providers.

Project roles at a glance

BITS experts took on the following roles in this project:

  • IT Project Management

  • IT-Consulting / Consulting

  • IT architecture

  • IT Quality Assurance

  • Database specialist

  • Exchange / Office Specialist


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