Case study: Magnet
Magnet used to host three major applications on the Clearpath NX mainframe providing online and batch services to the retail and trade locations and to central administration functions. There are further interfaces to central financial systems and data warehousing both of which are hosted on NT platforms.
The Unisys applications had been developed using LINC in addition to a substantial number of COBOL programs (almost 250,000 lines of code). The NX was running at 100% processor utilization for a substantial part of the day and service levels were beginning to suffer. Magnet had to increase processing power with some urgency. In parallel with this requirement, management was examining the overall IT function to ensure that the performance/cost/value equation represented the best that could be achieved.
“Performance of the migrated application has exceeded expectations.”
Magnet is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of joinery and kitchen products to the trade and consumer markets. It is part of the Nobia Group, Europe’s leading kitchen company, and employs around 2000 employees in the UK. In addition to its core retail and trade business, Magnet also supplies kitchens to third parties through its Interior Solutions division. Their vision: To be the UK’s leading kitchen experts.
Magnet retail specializes in the design and manufacture of quality fitted kitchens. With a network of over 200 showrooms, Magnet offers a unique Full Circle Service, which helps to differentiate its service from other high street kitchen providers. Magnet Trade specializes in quality kitchens and joinery to small local builders. Through its network of over 159 trade branches, Magnet Trade provides the builder with an extensive in-stock kitchen and joinery offer, along with a specialist made to measure service.
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