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Hh Gregg: Deciding On A New Information Technology Platform

967 words - 4 pages

D10346961 & Chenghao Bai
HH Gregg: Deciding on a New Information Technology Platform
ITM R 6:00pm-10:00pm FALL 2014
Date: 10/30/2014

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INTRODUCTION
* The case is talking about HH Gregg Company who was facing a big challenge. The supplier of their hardware which their system running on announced they would no longer support the system. The leaders of the company figured out several options to solve this problem. The main task for them is to find a new application suite to satisfy the enterprise functions.
* Developing History of HH Gregg
* The HH Gregg Company was founded on April 15th, 1955 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The ...view middle of the document...

Finally they chose IDEAS/3000 running on HP. This system worked for HH Gregg for nearly 20 years and helped the development of the company a lot. The entire company is too much relied on it. The company have to consider the cost of money and time, as well as the stability of the new method.

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SOLUTIONS (Taken by the company)
By the previous CIO, John Burn:
* Delphi, retail application suite.
* Sentra, retail application development tool which include a new point-of-view application.
By the new CIO, Stephen Nelson:
* Emulator Software, which can keep the old applications on new operating system and hardware.
* Migrate the current applications to a newer UNIX-compatible hardware platform by Texas firm.
* EX-ADI contractor, rewrite the whole thing into UNIX.

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EVALUATION OF SOLUTIONS/ANALYSIS

Vendor | Method to solve the problem | Cost | Timing | Advantage & Disadvantage |
Delphi | Retail application suite | $15-$20 million with $1-$2 million annual maintain cost | 18-24 months | A:Complete business suite; Move to “Industry standard”D: May loss of current functionality, cost too much time and money. Lots of training is required. |
Sentra | Retail application development tool which include a new point-of-view application | $10-$12 million with $1-$2 million annual maintain cost | 18-24 months | A: Re-implement current business processes; “Power tool” set for developing applications; Low training costsD: Gaps in ability to fully re-implement current business process; Too much time and money cost. Potential issues with off-the-shelf software |
Emulator (Small company with HP installations) | Can keep the old applications on new operating system and hardware | Not mentioned | Not mentioned | Not mentioned |
Texas Firm | Migrate the current applications to a newer UNIX-compatible hardware platform | $4-$5 million with 1,000,000 analysis fee | Not mentioned | A: Low costs; Can maintain current business processes; Not too much training required.D: There is nothing new in the system; Not move to industry standard; Too much time cost |
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