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Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 2009, Family Dollar required a more robust merchandising solution to accommodate its continuing growth. In 2007, Family Dollar began the transformation of its merchandising tool set to a planned implementation of the SAS Integrated Merchandise Planning solution. Family Dollar faced a significant investment in new hardware, software, personnel, and maintenance because SAS recommended an AIX operating system; an infrastructure with which Family Dollar has limited experience. In a creative effort to reduce costs, Family Dollar partnered with SAS to explore the option of implementing a large scale solution on the Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition. This would provide substantial savings, flexibility to scale with commodity hardware, greater interoperability with other systems, and cost-effective future growth.
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