An automated method and computer program product are provided for synchronizing a column-oriented target database with a row-oriented source database. Change data are replicated from a change log of the row-oriented source database via a staging database to the column-oriented target database. The change data including inserts and deletes. Change data of the change log is read into the staging database and is consolidated and grouped into a consolidated grouping of inserts, and a consolidated grouping of deletes. The consolidated grouping of inserts from the staging database are applied to the target database in a batched manner, and the consolidated grouping of deletes from the staging database are applied to the target database in a batched manner.