Date Added: Jan 2010
This case study traces the success of Scalandes through a case study and shows how it modernized current systems to deliver business value. The paper delves on the business of Scalandes, its problems, the solution and the benefits it got from the modernization of existing systems. Scalandes is the purchasing and logistics arm of E.Leclerc, which is one of France's major retail co-ops and supplies goods to stores in the South West of France and Portugal from its warehouse in Mont De Marsan. The company thought of modernizing its core application systems with two goals. Firstly, it wanted to provide more efficient data access to those users who constantly needed to make decisions based on information with the aim of delivering added value to the business. Secondly, the company wanted to find a way of removing the barriers between Windows and System i applications. Though the company was keen on this, it wanted to reuse the existing system assets. It wanted to take the process of modernization ahead without any replacement, redevelopment and implementation of a packaged ERP system. The aim was to improve user productivity and responsiveness while maintaining system's functionality. The company achieved its goal by using RAMP and Visual LANSA. They helped in increasing user productivity and responsiveness, without having to redevelop the entire system.