Land Span is a premium service provider of irregular-route full-truckload transportation. The company deals primarily in medium to long lengths of haul serving the JIT needs of its customers.
SUNCO began as a regional specialized hauler of foodstuffs. SUNCO offers the shipping public a variety of services including protective service, multiple stop distribution, dedicated equipment, intra-state and local service.
Land Span and Sunco are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Watkins Associated Industries (WAI), a privately owned holding company whose diversified interests include transportation, real estate, construction, citrus, insurance, and food processing.
Land Span, Inc. and Sunco, Inc., once part of Watkins Motor Lines, shared data center space at Watkins’ Corporate Office. When Watkins Motor Lines was acquired by FedEx, it became necessary for both Land Span and Sunco to relocate their Information Technology infrastructure. One of the biggest IT risks an organization faces is the migration of its business systems and applications. IT is critical to day-to-day operations. Excessive downtime is not an option.
After selecting DSM’s data center, a team was put together from DSM, Land Span, Sunco and FedEx to address the particulars of separating from FedEx, where necessary, and moving to a new data center. A myriad of issues had to be discussed to develop a successful plan to migrate out of the old environment which included some shared infrastructure into its own domain. The process began with a discovery to assess Land Span and Sunco’s current systems and how they were integrated into FedEx’s infrastructure. We wanted to identify any potential issues that could get in the way of a successful migration. Next, a plan was developed to create a Land Span infrastructure and a Sunco infrastructure. Only then could a plan be made to migrate these new entities into the data center. With minimal downtime as one of the top priorities, a schedule was developed to make the transition over a weekend, with physical downtime planned for less than 35 hours. The migration started as planned and Land Span and Sunco were back up and running before noon on Saturday, which equated to approximately 10 hours!
Good communication, solid planning and proven expertise were key to this project’s success. The right people were at the table carefully discussing a systematic plan for the migration. Additionally, DSM’s expertise allowed them to not only customize an implementation roadmap for both Land Span and Sunco but also allowed them to simplify the process. Through professionalism and teamwork DSM, Land Span and Sunco achieved a near perfect migration.
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