The State Group Implements Total Enterprise Virtualization


Canada’s The State Group, a large construction company and multi-trade contractor, implemented a DataCore’s Interware Systems Total Enterprise Virtualization solution.


The virtualization infrastructure has accommodated the growth of The State Group, particularly in the area of document distribution and file management. The virtualization pool now includes two VMware ESX server clusters, running on HP, that maintain seventeen VMs at The State Group.


ITW Construction Products Goes Mobile with Maximizer CRM


ITW Construction Products Ltd selected Maximizer Software’s new mobile-enabled customer relationship management (CRM) system.


ITW Construction Product’s can now gain access to their customers, leads, schedules, sales deals and forecasts and service cases through their mobile device, no matter where they may be geographically.


“We have built our Maximizer system in small incremental steps and have already seen major benefits. With a number of enterprise-level applications such as increased business intelligence and on demand sales information, Maximizer’s solution is an ideal match for our business,” said. Chris Jones, IS Manager at ITW. “Over the last three months a number of our sales staff have piloted the mobile aspect of Maximizer’s solution and following the launch of Maximizer CRM 10 we have now rolled out the solution to all of our sales force nationally. The availability of Maximizer CRM 10 on our BlackBerry devices provides ITW a significant boost in productivity for our sales team when working away from the office.”


Northeast Utilities Deploys Continuity Software DRM Solution


Northeast Utilities deployed Continuity Software’s RecoverGuard software and DR Assurance service to increase confidence in its ability to recover critical IT systems in the face of a disaster.


RecoverGuard scans Northeast Utilities' open systems DR environment nightly, ensuring that no inadvertent configuration changes might adversely affect recoverability status. When an issue isdetected, RecoverGuard delivers an alert, allowing Northeast Utilities to take action and ensure ongoing data protection, disaster recoverability and business continuity. 


U.S. Bank Standardizes with Information Builders


U.S. Bank standardized on WebFOCUS for reporting, business intelligence and information delivery throughout the bank’s national operations.


U.S. Bank’s BI applications support hundreds of thousands of users, running the gamut from treasury management to credit card expense reporting, merchant transactions and procurement.


“It made a lot of sense to adopt WebFOCUS as our enterprise standard as it leverages our core strengths: mainframe systems, security, scalability, and support for very large databases,” said Mark Snoeyenbos, manager of client access and reporting at U.S. Bank, as well as manager of the WebFOCUS Center of Excellence. “We save money by having one tool handling virtually all of our reporting and the ease of use makes it a suitable tool for a variety of users.”


TELUS Selects IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence Software


TELUS established IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence (BI) software as its enterprise-wide standard for performance reporting, analysis, event and metrics management.


TELUS recently set out to simplify its BI tools into a single standard giving key team members a complete and consistent view. It sought a single BI solution that could pull and report on data from a variety of heterogeneous systems and transform what was disparate data into consumable performance information for improved business insight and proactive business management.


“We originally went looking for a vendor to create a self-service reporting environment giving us a snapshot view of all our strategic sources of information. We needed the system to gather business information from any place, at any time, without placing a huge burden on IT for report creation and manual analysis," said Simon Gratton, TELUS director of Business Transformation. “This enhancement will ensure key decisions are made based on consistent and current business information.”

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