Unwins Wine Group, the high street drinks retailer, is introducing IBM's Tivoli Software Management Suite and SAP infrastructure across its 400 UK stores as part of a £6m overhaul of its IT systems.
The retailer has upgraded its former Chess Logistics warehouse system to SAP R3, and will eventually implement SAP Financials and SAP BW modules, including data warehousing and data mining.
"SAP will underpin the whole system. It's a huge leap and pretty aggressive timescales," said Julian Spurr, IT change manager at Unwins.
"We hope to have rolled out the electronic point of sale [EPoS] systems by the end of September/beginning of October, with SAP Financials in place early 2005."
Unwins worked with systems integrator Elyzium to install IBM's Tivoli architecture to manage 800 endpoint devices, including desktops, servers and EPoS terminals.
The firm expects to recoup the cost of the IT system in two years, said Spurr.
Unwins spent £6m overall, including the SAP R3 system. Elyzium said other major costs included £110,000 in Tivoli licences and £80,000 for training and services.
Early next year, the firm will roll out Voice over IP for voice traffic between its stores and head office. It plans to utilise an ADSL private internal virtual private network from internet service provider Tiscali.
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