Powertech Industries one of the largest manufacturers of electrical products in South Africa,
sold their battery brand, Willard to Chinese conglomerate Auto-X in 2018.

At the time, Powertech owned numerous different brands,
the data of which was all stored in one SAP system.

The challenge.


Powertech needed to ensure that no valuable, proprietary data relating to customers and suppliers of their other companies, was transferred with the Willard acquisition by Auto-X. A transfer of this information, could be detrimental to the business in terms of competitive edge, and could also leave Powertech open to legal liabilities under data protection law.

At the same time, all the data relating to Willard was held in the same SAP system as the data from all remaining Powertech companies. In order to safeguard the other Powertech companies and provide Auto-X with a clean database, a new SAP system had to be created.

In order to safeguard other Powertech companies and provide the new owner Auto-X with a clean database, a new SAP system had to be created.

Powertech needed to ensure that no valuable data
relating to their other companies was transferred to Auto-X during the Willard acquisition.

The solution.


A robust pre-analysis identified the state of the overall system including size of the transfer, run-time, downtime
and any other implications effecting day-to-day business operations.

By installing the Company Code Deletion tool, on a sandbox system based on the productive system we were able to run the deletion in a safe environment that did not affect the productive system. A workshop with the CIO and project team helped identify what data which needed to be deleted and what should be transferred over to the new system.

A methodical, step by step process of deletion was carried out in the sandbox and multiple tests carried out before handing this over to Powertech to test in their live environment. This was crucial in ensuring all outcomes were predetermined before the Company Code Deletion was completed on the production system.

The bancon team delivered the service as promised
with deep technical understanding and we are very satisfied.
The result was exactly as they promised, in time and on budget.


Gavin Mack, Chief Information Officer, Powertech Industries

The results.


A seamless transfer completed on time and on budget, gave Auto-X a clean Willard only database, while protecting the data of all the other companies. Minimal downtime also allowed Powertech to operate at full capacity during the entire process.

All outcomes were predetermined so there were no nasty, hidden surprises.
Wilfried Schulte, Managing Director, bancon South Africa.

Company Code Deletion

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