Accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers has unveiled a $5 million centre based on a fictional supermarket chain to demonstrate retail IT products in a working environment.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has designed a Retail Solutions Centre featuring enough live IT infrastructure to run a real retail business with 200 outlets. The London based centre mimics a reference site, so IT management teams can examine systems running in a realistic environment.
Based on a mock store, head office and warehouse, the centre comprises SAP Retail, Data General servers and point of sales devices from Siemens Nixdorf. A data warehouse is planned for the next stage.
Somerfield was one of the first retailers to visit the centre, which opened last week. The retailer's head of enterprise systems development, Tom Scott, said a major benefit was being able to see how data flows through a business.
"It is the only demonstration I've seen that lets you appreciate that," he said. "You can look at the system in total - from a customer placing an order through the warehouse to replenishment."
"This will help us decide on a new enterprise resource planning system," Scott added. Anderson Consulting is about to release a similar simulation system, branded eSynchronised, which follows the process of an entire supply chain.
The company has joined forces with Oracle, Sun Microsystems, i2 Technologies, Psion, Cisco, Kewill Systems, Manhattan Associates and Sherpa to build the simulation, which runs on Sun hardware and uses the Psion 5 organiser as an example product.
It offers a number of scenarios and shows how these will impact the business and the customer order.
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