The acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer AG was one of the largest corporate weddings in recent years. Xient GmbH took on the important role in the merger of transforming existing Monsanto business processes from quality management to those of Bayer. This task included integrating Monsanto's Laboratory Information and Management System (LIMS) into an integrative SAP environment at Bayer.
Seed specialist Monsanto had previously relied on a Microsoft SQL database for its LIMS environment. The associated reporting system had naturally grown over many years. In addition, it was riddled with company-specific data silos that could not be adopted in this form. To ensure SAP-based quality management after the merger of Bayer and Monsanto, Xient business analysts first had to conduct an extensive strategic analysis.
From MS-SQL to SAP-HANA
The core task was to cleanly transfer Monsanto's data situation, which had previously been based on MS-SQL, to an SAP HANA database in the Bayer Group. For this purpose, our developers performed a detailed analysis of the existing process data, which in part required reverse engineering. Based on these results, Xient GmbH developed a holistic migration strategy for integrating the Monsanto data, reports and key figures into the target architecture at Bayer.
Beyond the mere transfer of reporting data, our work also focused on optimizing the existing processes of the two companies. In addition to the development of the Target architecture based on SAP QM and SAP Business Warehouse, our Xient Solution Architects also took over support for the migration process. This included employee workshops and the coordination of the international project teams at Bayer and Monsanto.
Clean integration of the laboratory information and management system into the Bayer architecture
Despite the multi-layered challenges, our Xient experts were able to work closely with the Bayer and Monsanto teams to cleanly migrate the lab data into the new, modern SAP HANA architecture.
The Group-wide standardized quality management reporting system was extended to include the new information from Monsanto. A significant increase in performance is also part of the project's success. In the course of the migration, business processes were optimized and data quality increased. Both are important foundations for a successful future together for Bayer and Monsanto.