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Elyzium, the information management specialist, has signed a new deal with Unwins Wine Group Ltd (Unwins) to implement and manage its IT systems management programme using the IBM Tivoli Software Management Suite.

Elyzium is to integrate the new IBM Tivoli architecture across all parts of the business comprising 800 end point devices, including desktops, servers and ePoS terminals, throughout Unwins' 400 stores. The project’s key objective is to create a centralised IT operation and provide a management environment for the organisation’s existing SAP programme.

Julian Spurr, IT Change Manager at Unwins, remarked: "Elyzium is unique in that it is one of the only value add resellers in the world that has absolute knowledge of the IBM Tivoli suite of management software. Elyzium’s IBM Tivoli expertise and comprehensive solutions combined with its strong understanding of the needs of our business made it the ideal partner for Unwins.’’

Integral to the success of Unwins’ vision of developing its position as the leading specialist drinks retailer ’, the new architecture being implemented will provide a fully integrated solution across all parts of the business. This will give Unwins the flexibility and functionality to control stock and deliver up to the minute information on the financial and retail performance of the business. The IBM Tivoli elements will allow centralised control of the infrastructure and rapid and proactive response to any problems that may occur. It will allow Unwins to be more efficient and faster to market than its competitors.

Spurr explained: "The new IBM Tivoli installation is a key investment for the future of the business and will enable us to manage information and processes more efficiently. IBM Tivoli is the leading management software solution on the market today and is the best fit for our business. As a result of the deployment, we expect to save time and reduce costs and provide a quicker, more comprehensive service to our customers. In the near future, we will also be able to leverage the new infrastructure to get added benefits such as Voice Over IP."

The key elements of the IBM Tivoli suite being deployed across Unwins’ IT infrastructure include:
<sum> IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler to manage batch schedules;
<sum> IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console to act as overall management ‘window’ for performance of the IBM Tivoli suite;
<sum> IBM Tivoli NetView to proactively manage the Unwins ADSL Network and components;
<sum> IBM Tivoli Remote Control which will allow Unwins to take control of remote devices within the stores and throughout the business;
<sum> IBM Tivoli Configuration Manager which will allow total control over enterprise software and hardware from deployment of software assets to inventory management;
<sum> IBM Tivoli Monitoring which will allow Unwins to ensure maximum availability and optimum performance of mission critical applications; and
<sum> IBM Tivoli Risk Manager which will allow Unwins to manage external and internal vulnerabilities and enable it to provide a highly secure environment and implement a disaster recovery plan.

Dave Sirett, Southern Sales Manager at Elyzium stated: "We pride ourselves on the relationships we develop with our clients in delivering projects which add benefits to their business. The IBM Tivoli solution will fulfil four key areas of Unwins business needs; to enhance financial performance, drive costs out of the business, streamline business processes and enable the company to access crucial information in real time to help them make faster, better informed decisions. We are delighted to be working with Unwins on this critical project and look forward to building a strong and mutually beneficial partnership in the future."

Published on: 12:00AM on 29th June 2004