Zimmermann-ZIMBO-Group Quickly Brings AS/400, Sun, Linux and Windows NT

Top German Meat Supplier Beefs Up Performance and Reliability of Critical IT Infrastructure With CA’s Unicenter

Systems Under Single Point-of-Control

Jun 19, 2002, 01:00 ET from Com­pu­ter Asso­cia­tes Inter­na­tio­nal, Inc.

ISLANDIA, N.Y. and DARMSTADT, Ger­ma­ny, June 19 /PRNews­wire-First­Cal­l/ — Com­pu­ter Asso­cia­tes Inter­na­tio­nal, Inc. (CA) today announ­ced that C+S com­mon solu­ti­ons GmbH & Co. KG, the IT ser­vice pro­vi­der for top Ger­man meat sup­plier Zim­mer­mann-ZIM­BO-Group (ZIMBO), has imple­men­ted CA’s acc­lai­med Uni­cen­ter eBusi­ness infra­st­ruc­tu­re manage­ment solu­ti­on to opti­mi­ze its IT operations.

Thanks to the modu­lar and inte­gra­ted design of Uni­cen­ter, ZIMBO has alrea­dy begun to rea­li­ze the value from its invest­ments in eBusi­ness tech­no­lo­gy, demons­tra­ting its com­mit­ment to achie­ving com­pe­ti­ti­ve supe­rio­ri­ty through impro­ved infor­ma­ti­on management.

Uni­cen­ter offe­red us the widest ran­ge of manage­ment app­li­ca­ti­ons and was able to start deli­vering bene­fits wit­hin a very short peri­od of time,” said ZIMBO CIO Claus Micha­el Satt­ler, who­se team selec­ted Uni­cen­ter after an exten­si­ve eva­lua­ti­on of enter­pri­se manage­ment offe­rings from several ven­dors. “The resul­ting impro­ve­ments in how we mana­ge our end-to-end IT infra­st­ruc­tu­re will direct­ly impact our bot­tom line and lead to stra­te­gic busi­ness advantages.”

ZIMBO’s com­plex IT envi­ron­ment inclu­des 13 IBM AS/400 sys­tems, four Sun Sola­ris ser­vers, 15 Linux ser­vers and 42 Win­dows NT ser­vers, as well as an exten­si­ve LAN/WAN net­work envi­ron­ment. Uni­cen­ter allows all the­se diver­se com­pon­ents to be moni­to­red and mana­ged in a com­mon man­ner, enab­ling ZIMBO tech­ni­ci­ans to respond quick­ly to any emer­ging or poten­ti­al pro­blem that might threa­ten cri­ti­cal busi­ness processes.

ZIMBO’s busi­ness has beco­me incre­a­singly depen­dent on its far-flung IT infra­st­ruc­tu­re, as the com­pa­ny has aggres­si­ve­ly expan­ded into mul­ti­ple mar­kets across the Euro­pean con­ti­nent. This made proac­ti­ve manage­ment of that infra­st­ruc­tu­re an abso­lu­te must for the company.

Through the use of Uni­cen­ter, we can proac­tively inter­vene and pre­vent pro­blems such as ser­ver and net­work over­loads,” said Satt­ler. “As a cen­tra­li­zed manage­ment solu­ti­on, Uni­cen­ter hel­ps us to ensu­re opti­mal busi­ness con­ti­nui­ty and incre­a­se pro­duc­ti­vi­ty in other are­as of the company.”

ZIMBO is uti­li­zing mul­ti­ple Uni­cen­ter solu­ti­ons, inclu­ding Uni­cen­ter Net­work and Sys­tems Manage­ment and Uni­cen­ter Ser­vicePlus Ser­vice Desk and is using Uni­cen­ter to moni­tor and mana­ge non-IT devices like cold-sto­rage depots and alarm sys­tems. By fre­eing tech­ni­ci­ans from a mul­ti­tu­de of time-con­suming, rou­ti­ne tasks, Uni­cen­ter is enab­ling ZIMBO to focus on hig­her-value pro­jects and incre­a­se the company’s com­pe­ti­ti­ve position.

ZIMBO’s expe­ri­ence demons­tra­tes both the exten­si­ve scope of the bene­fits that Uni­cen­ter can pro­vi­de and the speed with which tho­se bene­fits can be achie­ved,” said Peter Rasp, coun­try mana­ger of CA in Ger­ma­ny. “This uni­que com­bi­na­ti­on of unmat­ched func­tio­n­a­li­ty and ease of deploy­ment is what makes Uni­cen­ter the enter­pri­se manage­ment solu­ti­on-of-choice for cor­po­ra­te cus­to­mers around the world.”

About Zimmermann-Zimbo-Group

In its ori­gi­nal ope­ra­ting regi­ons of Ger­ma­ny and Euro­pe, Zim­mer­mann-ZIM­BO-Group pro­du­ces main­ly meat pro­duct spe­cial­ties, with goods going to but­chers, bakers, cash-and-car­ry mar­kets, cate­ring firms and con­ve­ni­en­ce stores. The com­pa­ny, foun­ded in 1953, has a work­for­ce of 3,500 peop­le, boasts many years of expe­ri­ence in food tech­no­lo­gy, and has estab­lis­hed sophisti­ca­ted logistics to pro­vi­de the end con­su­mer with fresh pro­ducts. Zim­mer­mann-ZIM­BO-Group is an expan­si­on-ori­en­ted com­pa­ny with 36 bran­ches in Ger­ma­ny and Euro­pe. For more infor­ma­ti­on, plea­se visit: http://www.zimbo.de .

About Computer Associates

Com­pu­ter Asso­cia­tes Inter­na­tio­nal, Inc. (NYSE: CA) deli­vers The Soft­ware That Mana­ges eBusi­ness. CA’s world-class solu­ti­ons address all aspects of eBusi­ness manage­ment through indus­try-lea­ding brands: Uni­cen­ter for infra­st­ruc­tu­re manage­ment, eTrust for secu­ri­ty manage­ment, BrightS­tor for sto­rage manage­ment, Cle­ver­Path for por­tal and busi­ness intel­li­gence, All­Fu­si­on for app­li­ca­ti­on life cycle manage­ment, Advan­ta­ge for data manage­ment and app­li­ca­ti­on deve­lo­p­ment, and Jas­mi­ne for object-ori­en­ted data­ba­se tech­no­lo­gy. Foun­ded in 1976, CA ser­ves orga­niz­a­ti­ons in more than 100 coun­tries, inclu­ding 99 per­cent of the For­tu­ne 500 com­pa­nies. For more infor­ma­ti­on, visit http://ca.com.

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