Today, technology is not only changing the way IT runs, it is changing the way IT supports business operations. Retailers like Cheney Brothers rely on operational efficiency to separate them from competitors. They need simple, fast and intuitive technology that enables them to concentrate on their core mission of serving their customers.
When done right, this marriage of technology and operations yields business processes that are faster, more efficient and more informed. This intelligent transformation is having a massive impact on the retail industry, where improved efficiencies in inventory management are having a direct effect on the bottom line.
Aging Tape Libraries No Longer Cutting It
Cheney Brothers is just one example of a retail company that has improved efficiency and reduced costs by updating their IT infrastructure. The fastest growing food distributor in the United States, Cheney Brothers uses 550 trucks and four distribution centers to deliver over 64,500 highly perishable fresh and frozen food products throughout North and South America. To ensure those deliveries arrived on time, they previously used tape libraries to back up their data, a solution that was neither scalable nor reliable.
Faster, Simpler, Better
With help from Lenovo Managed Services, Cheney Brothers moved their inventory management system from SAP business applications to a SAP HANA database platform with Cobalt Iron's Compass® running on nine Lenovo servers. This move not only reduced costs and introduced scalability, it simplified data protection and management across all of their sites. Raul Revilla, SAP Basis Administrator at Cheney Brothers, is also pleased with how much faster backups are with the new Lenovo + Cobalt Iron solution: “I absolutely love the speed at which we can perform backups now,” he said. “It used to take us eight hours to back up our production database, which is about 2 terabytes, and now I can do it in under an hour.”
Convenient Packaging Eliminates Cost and Complexity for Retail Customers
In an industry where time is money, and inventory management is essential, scalable modern data center solutions are business imperatives. But customers like Cheney Brothers also need their technology to be turnkey solutions that are easy to deploy. And they are looking for solutions that can help them control and contain the issues of system management, administration and maintenance that can too often become a drain on time and resources.
Lenovo’s ON DEMAND program now includes the Cobalt Iron/Lenovo data protection solution to address each of these needs. Through the ON DEMAND program, Lenovo works with software experts like Cobalt Iron to develop the highly scalable, resilient designs that companies like Cheney Brothers demand, and then goes the next step to ensure they are also simple to implement. Companies like Cheney Brothers take added comfort from the fact that Lenovo’s new ON DEMAND solutions leverage existing hardware and best-of-breed software from OEM partners as certified integrated solutions. Additionally, the Cobalt Iron solution provides the centralized management, global policy administration and automated maintenance updates the customer needs to move their business forward.
Backup and recovery are critical for organizations, and can become cumbersome without the right expertise. Cheney Brothers is no exception to this mission-critical reality. Fortunately for Cheney Brothers, this is another area where Lenovo’s ON DEMAND program shined. The ON DEMAND program’s focus on working with best-of-breed software from OEM partners means that Cheney Brothers can leverage Cobalt Iron’s expertise to deliver the best solution for their backup and recovery needs. The Lenovo and Cobalt Iron solution accelerates backup processes, enables automated updates, facilitates remote monitoring and management and scales easily from terabytes to exabytes. The result of all these virtues is greater overall satisfaction for the organization.
A final consideration, but an important one, for organizations like Cheney Brothers, is that they want easy-to-order solutions from a single point of contact. Comparing to traditional channel offerings, the Lenovo ON DEMAND solution provides hardware, software and services in a single part number. This provides Cheney Brothers the ability to order their solution and have it delivered from a single point of contact.
The Cobalt Iron offering, and many more in the ON DEMAND program, make it easier than ever for retail companies like Cheney Brothers to eliminate the costs and complexity associated with outdated IT infrastructure.
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