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    Raley's Selects IBM e-Infrastructure Technology For Next-Generation e-Business

    IBM announced that supermarket chain Raley's expects to save $3 million over the next five years by standardizing its next-generation applications on IBM's e-infrastructure technology.

    IBM announced that supermarket chain Raley's expects to save $3 million over the next five years by standardizing its next-generation applications on IBM's e-infrastructure technology.

    The decision to implement IBM's technology was based on Raley's need to create a powerful, cost effective technological platform that could easily be enhanced for future e-business initiatives. The company also collaborated with IBM Global Services to migrate to DB2 to consolidate its data warehouse applications across 148 stores to monitor and track customer buying trends.

    The decision to migrate to DB2 running on the IBM eServer zSeries platform was triggered when Raley's original data warehouse reached full capacity, hindering its ability to manage and report insights on its point of sale data. Since implementing DB2 to power its data warehouse, Raley's is changing merchandising efforts by providing more up-to-date, accurate reports. Today, its DB2 data warehouse holds more than 500 gigabytes of raw data and provides daily, online updates to vital product and sales data that was previously distributed in weekly, hard-copy reports. The company expects to save an additional $200,000 per year in database administrator (DBA) salaries by training and leveraging DB2 skills across the enterprise.

    "The reporting capabilities of the DB2 data warehouse running on the IBM eServer zSeries platform are so powerful that it is changing the way we merchandise, the way we buy and the way we interact with our vendors and suppliers. Now we can respond more quickly to market activity," said Tom Jones, Chief Information Officer, Raley's. "Implementing IBM's infrastructure technology will become even more of an advantage as we evolve our e-business initiatives."

    In the future, Raley's plans to integrate PeopleSoft applications running on DB2 into its intranet and plans to incorporate ERP systems. The company also foresees making its data warehouse information available to select business partners who are interested in analyzing and applying sales data to refine their marketing programs

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