Ajay Srivastava as CIO of Himachal Futuristic Communications leads the strategic initiatives in IT in the group, driving digital transformation in all product lines and internal IT systems in the group.
At HFCL, the existing business application Enterprise Central Component (ECC 6.0) was implemented and its hardware / system refreshed. The company also migrated from SAP ECC to S4/HANA wherein the existing database was migrated to S4 HANA database. In addition, Fiori apps/mobility enablement and analytics (by business objects) were also migrated. The company initiated an activity for hardware sizing and complete bill of material for S4/HANA with functionality of HA to avoid any single point of failure, as it is a business critical enterprise application.
Selection of hardware was initially a challenge as the company had to choose between HANA Appliance (HANA appliance comes with all necessary components as pre-configured box and it is provided by certified HANA hardware partners) or TDI model (advantage to existing hardware and infrastructure components for HANA environment). Finally, the company went ahead with HANA Appliance from HPE CS500 Appliance with three boxes - two at Datacentre and one at Disaster Recovery site (DR Site) in addition to application servers. The entire solution was designed in high availability mode to avoid any single point of failure.