Loblaw Companies Limited, a leading food and pharmacy retailer in Canada, has migrated its SAP systems to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in a quest to modernize its IT infrastructure to efficiently scale operations.

The effort has already brought a 35% performance improvement, according to a press release.

Loblaw now runs one of the worlds' largest single-instance SAP databases, more than 180TB, for managing everything from retail price tags to financials.

With approximately two billion transactions each year in its network of 2,500 stores and national e-commerce options, Loblaw brings food, pharmacy, beauty, apparel, and financial services to customers through many of Canada's favorite and most-trusted brands.

"It was extremely important for us to minimize risk during the move to the cloud. The SAP database had to operate correctly after the migration to safeguard the success of our businesses," David Markwell, chief technology and analytics officer, Loblaw, said in the release. "OCI had the proven experience of running databases at this scale in the cloud which made them the right choice for this work. The real validation came when our post-migration tests showed a 35 percent increase in performance in key SAP transactions. The results speak for themselves."

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