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Tuesday, July 01, 2003  

Ran across this article over at Information Week: A New Legacy. Talks about how Fingerhut turned around their IT department and saved the whole company. I especially found this paragraph interesting:

"When Fingerhut was acquired by FAC, its data center housed a Hitachi supercomputer, two mainframes, 274 Unix servers from Sun Microsystems, and 500 Windows servers, all part of its more than $110 million in IT expenses in 2001. After an analysis of its alternatives, Fingerhut shut down the systems, replacing them with Microsoft's Great Plains applications running on Windows-based Compaq servers and using Visual Studio .Net to build order-management and transaction-management functionality. This year, Fingerhut's IT operation, including about 50 staffers, is budgeted for $14 million, according to Mondale."

This seems counter to what IBM and some in the industry have been doing (read about the zServer) in conslidating several servers by virtualizing them in Mainframe HW. Also goes against MS's own Datacenter mentality. Sounds like this was much more than a technical problem to solve, but more of a managerial problem to solve.

Interesting to see that they were able to do more with less though, this is something that's definitely a trend nowadays.

posted by David | 7/01/2003 02:40:00 PM


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