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Sun Microsystems-Ivan Smith Furniture

The main challenge the company was facing was that they needed to find a better alternative to their existing reporting system. Specifically, they wanted a system that would make creating report templates easier, would reduce the time needed to run reports, and would provide browser-based access to reporting tools.

Vendor: Sun Microsystems
Channel Partner: MCM Software Solutions www.mcmsoftware.com
Customer: Ivan Smith Furniture www.ivansmith.com 
Vertical Markets: Retail
State: Louisiana

Technology Used: Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE); MySQL; Solaris Operating System; Sun Fire X4500 Server; Sun Fire V250 Server; JEvolution; Apache Tomcat Web Server

Solution: A family-owned business headquartered in Louisiana, Ivan Smith Furniture sells a variety of products for the home, including furniture, bedding, electronics, and appliances. The third-generation company has 600 employees and dozens of stores scattered throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

The main challenge the company was facing was that they needed to find a better alternative to their existing reporting system. Specifically, they wanted a system that would make creating report templates easier, would reduce the time needed to run reports, and would provide browser-based access to reporting tools. Additionally, the retail company hoped to boost security and productivity and minimize costs by upgrading the reporting system.

To meet their needs, Ivan Smith Furniture chose JEvolution from Sun partner MCM Software Solutions. The configuration also included the Solaris Operating System, MySQL database software, and the Apache Tomcat Web server. The solutions were deployed on Sun Fire V250 and Sun Enterprise 4500 servers by Sun Microsystems.
The MCM solution running on Sun servers has benefited the company in several ways. The time required to run reports has been reduced from minutes to mere seconds, while report templates that used to take days to create can now be designed in less than an hour.

These improvements have cut the time required to complete daily reporting tasks by 30-45 minutes in all 48 stores. Higher productivity means some terminals can be taken out of individual stores. By removing just one computer from each store, the company will save an estimated $127,000 every year. After upgrading, Ivan Smith Furniture was able to get a complete return on their investment in less than two months.

Further details: http://www.sun.com/customers/software/ivan_smith.xml




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