Study Group International Selects IBM Cognos Software


Study Group selected IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence and IBM Cognos 8 Planning as the performance management standard for streamlining its worldwide operational forecasting, budgeting and planning.


Spanning five continents, Study Group is a leader in international education, providing the educational opportunities for students from more than 120 countries.


“Once Cognos is fully deployed, we’ll be able to accurately obtain a 360 degree trending view of where our students are enrolling, where they are likely to study, what they are likely to pay in terms of tuition fees and the resulting cost to Study Group for the infrastructure and human resources to deliver the tuition itself. We’ll also be able to go behind the scenes and drill down to see what drivers might be at play that can impact student enrollment, and by extension revenues,” said Michael Mangan, CIO at Study Group.


House Foods Corporation Selects JDA Software


House Foods Corporation, a leading manufacturer of spices, processed foods, ready-to-eat products, beverages and snacks with operations in Japan, implemented JDA Enterprise Planning to increase performance and efficiency of its enterprise sales and financial planning.


House Foods recently completed a seven-month pilot program with JDA Software’s Enterprise Planning solution that resulted in improved sales and budget planning accuracy, as well as a significant reduction in the amount of time needed to analyze and generate detailed plans based on key performance metrics.


“We look forward to continuing to support companies like House Foods in their quest to maximize sales and revenues by optimizing the strategic, financial and operational planning activities across their enterprise’s consumer-driven value chain,” said Rod Talbot, JDA Software regional vice president, Asia Pacific.


MARAD Selects MEGA International Modeling Suite


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) is using MEGA International’s MEGA Modeling Suite for an enterprise architecture initiative to help the agency make IT and business operations efficient, reuse assets, share vital information and meet agency goals and constituent needs.


By accurately documenting processes and assets in a way that could easily be updated or changed as the agency mission evolved, MARAD can now optimize its use of IT, meet new regulatory requirements and share vital information.


“We concluded that the optimal way to improve our information system and better fulfill our mission was to deploy a comprehensive enterprise architecture solution,” explained Donna Seymour, CIO at MARAD. “We wanted to take advantage of the business value enterprise architecture provides, so that we would spend our money as wisely as possibly by reusing investments to the greatest extent possible while positioning ourselves to provide future vital services.”


Palomar Pomerado Health Selected IBM Infrastructure


Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH), the largest public health district in California, went live with a new virtualized information infrastructure from IBM, which is enabling PPH to manage and store electronic medical records for the first time.


To create the new information infrastructure, PPH consolidated mission critical applications over to two IBM System p5 590 servers to run its clinical software, support additional users to improve server availability. The hospital also implemented a virtualized storage environment based on the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC). To maintain the flexibility to assign the most cost effective storage systems based on user requirements, the hospital implemented a tiered storage system. The IBM DS6800 and DS4300 storage arrays augmented an existing IBM Enterprise Storage System and were configured in the SAN. 


“With our goal to fully support electronic medical records and additional technologies to best serve our growth and our patients, it is essential we run a data center that is highly available and resilient to failures. IBM’s storage virtualization solution is making our vision a reality,” said Paul Engberg, Director of Technical Services, Palomar Pomerado Health.


NetworkIP Speeds Analysis with Vertica Analytic Database


Telecom services provider NetworkIP is using the Vertica Analytic Database to charge a key business offering for its customers, enabling them to query more call detail record (CDR) data faster than before.


Vertica's architecture and automated administration functions will help the company redirect database administrator resources to other critical operations.


"Our customers were only able to focus on what happened last week and last month. Today, they also want to look at things that happened over the last 24 months or over the last 2 hours," said Stephan Broquie, director of business development applications at NetworkIP. "Vertica has helped us revolutionize data mining because it can query 10 times more data 200 times faster than our former database and its unique ability to trickle load data on a 24/7 basis lets customers quickly evaluate the affects of calling plan changes and re-adjust them accordingly several times per day."

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