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Global Electric Motorcars Migrates to ERP Solution from SAP, Sun
Sun Hardware Solution Costs 20 Percent Less than Competitor
June 16, 2003,
Volume 64, Issue 3

Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) was operating with a combination of three applications, Qube, Great Plains Dynamics and a Lotus Domino database -- none of them integrated -- on a NetWare server. When production increased by more than 30 percent in 2002, it became apparent that an upgrade was necessary.

After an internal evaluation, GEM settled on itelligence it.auto (a pre-packaged version of mySAP), which is customized for the automotive mid-market. Faced with serious budgetary constraints, GEM hesitated to opt for Sun hardware and the SolarisTM Operating System (Solaris OS), which it knew to be the best platform to support SAP. When Sun responded with a bid that was 20 percent below the next competitor's, however, GEM chose the low bid.

The IT infrastructure at GEM now consists of two Sun FireTM 280R servers, two Sun StorEdgeTM D1000 disk arrays, three Ultra SCSI Host Adapters and four 80 GB Sun StorEdgeTM DLT8000 tape drives running the Solaris OS and itelligence it.auto.

Live since June 2002, GEM has implemented solutions to improve inventory tracking, which has enabled the company to separate ordering and production inventory from service inventory. GEM plans to implement additional SAP functionality in the near future, including MRP, warehouse management and CRM to integrate field service operations.

GEM has added 20 users to its system without performance degradation while implementing a scalable solution that will accommodate additional functionality.

According to Kelly Mortensen, GEM's IS manager, "The itelligence it.auto vertical solution enabled GEM, with no previous ERP experience, to benefit from the full scope of SAP's and Sun's functionality, address our unique needs as an automotive company, and still accomplish full implementation, training and roll-out -- all in a matter of ten weeks from the time the decision was made."

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