Cancer Research UK, the UK’s leading cancer charity, conducts a variety of fundraising activities. Race for Life, Cancer Research UK's flagship event, comprises over 240 events taking place across the UK every year, where women run, jog or walk a five-kilometer course to raise money for the charity. Race for Life, the largest women-only fundraising event in the United Kingdom, is supported by the Race for Life website, which includes race events, team and individual entry, online fundraising, supporter participation, and shopping to support the cause. Through Race for Life, over six million women have raised over £457 million for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.
Cancer Research UK initiated a large-scale update of their Race for Life website in 2011. Their goal was to create an entirely new website using a new database platform while continuing to run call centre software, fulfillment services and reporting against the legacy database. As such, they found themselves in need of database synchronization software that not only synchronizes data changes between different database platforms, but also transforms the data to accommodate the different schema models of the two platforms.
After a search of possible synchronization software, Cancer Research UK selected SymmetricDS to achieve their goals. SymmetricDS provided the flexibility they needed and allowed all synchronization and transformation to be accomplished through configuration without software modifications. SymmetricDS also provides Cancer Research UK with the confidence of proven scalability, reliability to handle future loads, automatic recovery from network downtime, and other issues which can occur in production environments. For their implementation, Cancer Research UK utilized JumpMind's JumpStart program, thereby pairing JumpMind's experienced developers with Cancer Research UK's developers to analyze and implement the solution. The organisation can also rely on expert production support for SymmetricDS through JumpMind's enterprise production support subscription. Today, SymmetricDS is an integral part of Cancer Research UK's Race for Life website, helping to support their vital work.