Client Description

Blizzard Entertainment is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software. After establishing the Blizzard Entertainment label in 1994, the company quickly became one of the most popular and well-respected makers of computer games. By focusing on creating well-designed, highly enjoyable entertainment experiences, Blizzard Entertainment has maintained an unparalleled reputation for quality since its inception.

Blizzard Entertainment’s track record of #1 games spans more than two decades. The high-quality products based on Blizzard Entertainment’s game universes have also proven popular with gamers. These products include action figures, novels, comics, manga, board games, pen-and-paper role-playing games, apparel, and the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, which is a bestseller in its category. Extending the reach of its games even further, Blizzard Entertainment is currently at work with Legendary Pictures, the studio behind the feature films Man of SteelThe Dark Knight RisesInceptionWatchmen, and 300, on a live-action Warcraft® movie.

Prior to the release of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, Blizzard Entertainment served as a third-party developer, creating entertainment software for various platforms, including MS-DOS, Macintosh, Sega Genesis, and Super NES.  Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Activision Blizzard, was founded in 1991 under the name Silicon & Synapse by Allen Adham, president & CEO Michael Morhaime, and chief development officer Frank Pearce.  Today the company employees more than 5,000.

Challenge

Blizzard needed assistance in an end-to-end redesign of their monthly closing financials process. Their existing solution involved an abundance of mismanaged stored procedures and manual report generation.

Solution

Our team performed an ETL redesign using the Syncsort tool, DMExpress. An automated report generation system was also added on to allow the management to see snapshot financial reports at any given point in time. Our team also completed a full migration of their existing data warehouse from SQL Server to Oracle.

Benefits

Besides the obvious benefits of the redesign and migration, our team was later told the automation implemented also allowed for multiple team members to be freed of daily tasks enabling them to focus on the Hadoop implementation that would come the following year.

  • Tools: Oracle | Syncsort
  • Categories: Big Data, Strategy
  • Tags: Technology