Old Dutch Foods, known for its broad selection of snack foods in the midwest United States and Canada, was struggling to get the right products to the right places at the right time. Its data center included outdated physical servers, and batch processing meant that inventory would not be updated until the end of the day as opposed to real time. In addition, recovering from power outages and disk failures could frequently take up to two weeks.
To modernize its data center, Old Dutch Foods invested in EMC Converged Infrastructure. The fast and easy deployment of two VCE VBlock® systems running JD Edwards, MS Exchange, mobile device apps, and operation of a backup site with replicated applications and data.
This enhanced the IT department's responsiveness to the business, allowed them to shift to real-time inventory, and reduced CapEx and OpEx costs. Operations were simplified by reducing person-hours needed for infrastructure maintenance
by 75 percent.
Published By: Riverbed
Published Date: Jul 17, 2013
Effective IT planning and decision making are dependent upon having a complete asset inventory and an accurate understanding about dependencies available before, during and after IT change activities. Application discovery and dependency mapping (ADDM) solutions automate the process of discovering and mapping transactions and applications to the underlying infrastructure and application interdependencies. Learn how Riverbed Cascade’s built-in application discovery and dependency mapping capabilities can help you shorten project times and mitigate risk.
Is data changing the way you do business?Is it inventory sitting in your warehouse? The good news is data-driven applications enhance online customer experiences, leading to higher customer satisfaction and retention, and increased purchasing.
Effective Competition Depends on Continuous Delivery of Quality Software In today’s application economy every company is a software company, no matter what industry it is in:
• Shipping companies depend on logistics software to efficiently route packages, arrange drivers and automate warehouses.
• Retail companies rely on software to manage inventory, engage with customers online and to give in-store associates the tools they need to answer customer questions on the spot.
• Marketing firms lean on applications to gather consumer data and parse it, automate communication with prospects and effectively manage advertising campaigns. The examples are endless.
The point is that in order to compete today, every business must be able to quickly build and tweak software to adjust to always evolving market demands. Ultimately, business success depends on faster development iterations while still maintaining the high quality of service expected by customers, stakeholders and end users.
In the age of evolving shopper expectations and technology advancements, the global retail industry is in the midst of a profound shift in retail operations. To gain a deeper understanding of retailers’ focus, concerns and investment plans, Zebra conducted a global research study across a wide spectrum of retail segments, including: specialty stores, department stores, apparel merchants, supermarkets, electronics, home improvement and drugstore chains. The results of this study are shared in this 2017 Retail Vision Study.
Founded in 1898, the department store chain The Bon-Ton Stores has a long history of innovation. One of the largest regional department store operators in the United States, the retailer is constantly implementing new strategies and technologies to improve customer service in all of its sales channels – beginning with enhancing the customer’s experience on the sales floor.
Always-on Connections for Store Networks and Powering Intelligent Systems
In the fast-paced world of retail, network reliability is everything—but so are security, agility, and cost-effectiveness. Retailers want it all, and they depend on their IT administrators to balance these needs. Whether it’s ensuring an always-on connection for store networks, powering intelligent systems aimed at swaying buyer behavior, or transmitting real-time analytics to inform marketing and inventory decisions, the bedrock of successful retailing is a network that can support the growing list of mission-critical applications dependent on secure Internet connectivity.
In the past, finding a solution to balance these demands has been difficult at best. Less expensive wired options like DSL mean hours of downtime each month. Alternatives like T1 connections deliver more uptime but carry a price tag that usually puts large-scale distributed deployments out of reach.
Companies that purchase fuels, chemicals, solvents and other products often have to make a choice: either reduce costs by keeping inventory levels low, risking run-outs and lost sales, or keep enough surplus inventories on hand to be prepared for unforeseen spikes in product demand, which tends to drive up inventory costs and market price risks.
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