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