E-Commerce

Retailer Cuts Data-Processing Time by 50 Percent, Can Make Better Pricing Decisions

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Executive Summary

Retailer Edcon operates more than 1,000 stores that sell clothes, shoes, and textiles in South Africa and neighboring countries. Edcon wanted to increase its database performance in an effort to get pricing information to stores faster, increase the performance of its 4-terabyte central database, which supports a mission-critical Point-Of-Sale (POS) application and improve overall business efficiency. It implemented a Microsoft database management solution, which has helped cut data-processing time in half. Edcon can get hourly sales data to managers faster and will eventually be able to ensure higher system availability.

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