Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Selects Alterian


The Fuqua School of Business of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, selected Alterian’s Content Management solution to run and manage the school’sIinternet, intranet and extranet Web sites.


Fuqua will use the enterprise level solution, to deliver a web content management (WCM) platform to its staff. Fuqua plans to relaunch its public Web site in the coming weeks, with Intranet and extranet features following later this year. Faculty and staff will use Alterian WCM to build, manage and publish dynamic content directly to the site, improving the speed, responsiveness, ease-of-use and quality of content.


“This is an important investment in the school’s communications strategy and fits into a multitiered strategy to help us achieve our goal of providing the highest quality education to produce leaders of consequence,” said Nevin Fouts, Fuqua’s associate dean for information technology. “With its intuitive interface, Alterian Content Management will enable faculty, staff and students to control content more easily and immediately, and we hope that gains achieved with Alterian’s enterprise level solution on the main Web site will be echoed on our intranet and student/course extranets.”


Orange Uses ExaStore to Support French League 1 Football


Orange, a subsidiary of France Telecom, deployed Exanet’s ExaStore Clustered NAS System to serve as the storage back end for its production and distribution of French football’s key championship matches via its mobile network. Orange’s 5.9 million subscribers will be receiving the French League 1 football on their mobile phones via video on demand (VOD) and general broadcast.


Cognacq-Jay Image (CJI), Exanet’s media partner in France, chose ExaStore for Orange because it provides the highest performance within the most economical system by independently scaling online, in real time, ensuring customers get their football when they want it.


Orange can expand vertically by increasing the number of disks, providing higher performance speeds over the current standard. ExaStore also allows Orange to grow horizontally, adding nodes directly to the cluster without a reduction in performance.


Burlington Coat Factory Selects Netezza


Burlington Coat Factory deployed Netezza for its data warehousing operations. Netezza, together with MicroStrategy and QuantiSense, will run merchandising analysis on terabytes of the retailer’s data.


Burlington Coat Factory is a nationally recognized retailer of high-quality, branded apparel at every day low prices, currently operating 397 stores in 44 states. Burlington Coat Factory’s stores offer an extensive selection of in-season better and moderate brands, fashion-focused merchandise, including: ladies sportswear, menswear, coats, family footwear, baby furniture and accessories, as well as home décor and gifts.


The retailer needed a data warehouse system that could keep pace with its growing data volumes and need to have a view across more historical data. “We chose Netezza because we were impressed with the system’s simplicity and high performance for loading and querying data,” said Brad Friedman, senior vice president of IS, Burlington Coat Factory. “Netezza’s proven track record with other brand name retailers was also a key selling point for us.”


Polydeck Screen Corporation Selects Bitam


Polydeck Screen Corporation, a leader in synthetic modular screen media, selected the Bitam BI product, Artus, for their business intelligence (BI) needs.


Artus will provide the executives and managers at Polydeck with dashboard, reporting and analytical capabilities while connecting to various data sources.


“Following an extensive review of BI products, we felt that the Bitam software provided the comprehensive solution to best fit into our environment and lead us forward in our business decision making skills. With the dashboard and reporting capabilities in Artus, our executives will no longer rely upon paper reports to alert them on business activities. This process will now be streamlined and provide for an effective means of monitoring the business,” commented Bill Hoffmann, controller at Polydeck. “Additionally, we will not have to involve our IT department for generating reports, as the product is so easy to use that even I can build a dashboard.”


Chocolatier TCHO Uses VMware Fusion


TCHO, an emerging manufacturer of premium chocolate, deployed VMware Fusion across the company’s Macintosh desktop systems to provide its staff with the flexibility to move seamlessly between native Macintosh applications and virtualized Windows-based applications.


TCHO’s mantra is “obsessively good dark chocolate.” It is a company where technology meets chocolate, where a Silicon Valley startup meets the San Francisco food culture. In keeping with that spirit, the company opted to standardize its desktops on the Mac OS for efficiency and manageability. The company, however, faced the dilemma that a number of essential business applications were not available for the Mac. TCHO looked to VMware Fusion to turn Mac desktop systems into multi-OS computers for less than the cost of a new, additional batch of comparably powered, Windows-based desktops.

“One of our core operating heuristics is ‘be lean and mean’,” said Cash Shurley, IT director at TCHO. “We want to keep costs down and productivity up. VMware Fusion is a perfect fit for us. MacBooks and iMacs are consistent with our company culture. Our people prefer to use them, and we prefer to support them. With VMware Fusion, our staff is able to use their preferred platform and still access Windows-based apps with just a few mouse clicks. It has worked beautifully. VMware Fusion is extremely reliable and delivers outstanding performance. It’s been a big win for our company.”

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