life solutions that have been designed and provided by MRE Consulting
Group and allied firms.
sales company has a large investment in a custom point-of-sale software
system that runs on an aging network which no longer runs the software
reliably. The operation includes 5 stores and runs 7 days a week.
between stores makes system administration difficult and the customer's
previous experience with Windows-based networks has caused a reluctance
to replace the original network with Windows workstations connected
together in a peer-to-peer network or to an NT server. The budget
for the 5 stores is limited so that installing a Novell network with
a dedicated server at each store is not possible.
ACTUAL BUSINESS SOLUTION PERFORMED:
Keeping the customer's budgetary needs in mind, we suggested the implementation of a terminal-based network running the VM386 operating system. This allows the customer to retain the original point-of-sale software without any modifications, plus keep the onsite maintenance of each store to a minimum.
The customer replaced all the old store systems with new ones and the project is brought in under budget. 3 years later, after over 43,000 hours of business operations, the replacement system has had only one problem, related to a bad hard drive and not the VM386 operating system.
Additionally, the customer gained increased productivity by being able to administer data changes remotely during normal store operations, a feature which had not been available on the previous system.
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