Date Added: Sep 2010
Southwestern/Great American has a long history: 155 years, to be precise. In 1855, the company's focus was religious tracts, but today it has a dozen distinct lines of business, including direct selling, customized publishing, school fund-raising, sales training, and executive search and recruitment.
A big reason Southwestern/Great American has lasted as long as it has is because its business model has changed to keep up with the times-as has its IT infrastructure.
Learn how Southwestern/Great American has successfully run their SAP ERP on VMware solutions for several years. It all started when the company decided to transition its IT systems from a dual environment in which its SAP ERP ran off of a legacy IBM AS/400, while most of the company's other applications were running on Windows-based hardware. Southwestern/Great American chose to swap this dual environment for a leaner infrastructure based on VMware ESX and IBM blade servers with Intel Xeon processors that could run both SAP ERP and its Windows applications.