NewsByte 22 August 2001

Publix Super Markets Deploys CA's Unicenter To Centrally Manage Diverse Business Environment

US Supermarket Chain Speeds Problem Resolution, Increases System Performance

Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA) today announced that Publix Super Markets (Publix), the largest employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States, is deploying Unicenter to centrally monitor its IT infrastructure, speed problem resolution and increase system performance across its distributed retail computing environments. CA's tightly integrated Unicenter management tools will replace numerous point solutions previously utilised at Publix, reducing management complexity and easing the training burden on the company's IT support staff. The ability of Unicenter to integrate and automate job scheduling, problem correlation, and backup across diverse platforms and operating systems was key to its selection by Publix. Publix's diverse environment includes point of sale, inventory, category management, and many other business systems residing in office, warehouse, and more than 670 retail locations. These business systems and back-end databases run on a mainframe, dozens of UNIX servers, thousands of Windows NT servers, NT workstations and point of sale devices. With such an extensive, geographically dispersed infrastructure, the task of identifying system bottlenecks had become increasingly complex and resource-intensive.