Cencosud Scotiabank, the retail financial division of Cencosud Holding, is one of the main companies that provide credit card operations management in Chile and is also the leader in capturing market share. The division manages the entire Cencosud cardholder customer portfolio and its supermarket chains, department stores and home improvement centers.
In 2018 and 2019, Cencosud Scotiabank undertook a strategic and regulatory initiative called the AS/400 Separation Project (also known internally as the Minga project) to have its own IBM i server infrastructure. This project was part of the company’s digital transformation process, and carried out in accordance with regulations from the Commission for the Financial Market (CMF).
The strategic effort included the migration of all Cencosud Scotiabank IBM i applications to the new infrastructure, which required separating out the systems and files shared by the holding company and the Scotiabank division. It also required an exhaustive analysis phase to develop a thorough understanding of all IBM i systems and their hierarchical relationships, dependencies and structures.
This information provided the conclusive technical background required to determine the necessary scope, impact and effort to adjust and advance the project. Analysis results are stored in a collaborative documentation platform that also supports knowledge management in the company.
During the analysis, Cencosud Scotiabank used Fresche Solutions’ X-Analysis to automatically generate interactive documentation of the IBM i applications. X-Analysis was instrumental in helping separate the systems at the logical and physical level, aided by services from Clip Tecnología, Fresche’s representative in Chile. The Clip team helped ensure proper segmentation of the systems and execution of the rules of logical separation that guaranteed the consistency of each application.
The Minga project was a remarkable success, providing high quality systems and a reduced footprint. Completed ahead of deadline, this initiative established a new benchmark in terms of managing strategic technological projects at Cencosud Scotiabank.
Clip Tecnología is proud to have demonstrated the value that X-Analysis and the Clip project team can bring. Combined, they address any IBM i challenge and produce quality deliverables that contribute to a successful outcome.