Sunbelt W2Knews Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Thu, Feb 8, 2001 (Vol. 6, #8 - Issue #242)
One Million W2K Sold
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- So here is your first W2Knews HTML
- TECH BRIEFING
- Real Life OpalisRobot Deployment Example
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- W2K Server Will Be Hitting The 1 Million This Month
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Sunbelt/GIGA Windows 2000 Survey Results!!
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- MCSE Training Guide: All 4 Core Exams
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Real Life OpalisRobot Deployment Example
The Challenge: Single Source Inc. is a nationwide food distributor
specializing in providing mostly frozen food to county, state and
federal correctional facilities. The company's five U.S. warehouses
currently distribute to customers in 38 states and are adding services
to additional U.S. states continually.
Just as many businesses are doing today, Singe Source Inc. offers
customers a way to order food online. When the company launched its
online ordering system, efficient communications with the warehouses
and consistent and accurate document management became even more
critical. Because Single Source uses a separate online ordering
company to manage the ordering process, Single Source needed a
solution that could import orders, confirm FTP transfers, order
guides and send invoice instructions back to the online ordering
company - all without user intervention.
The Situation: When Single Source fulfills an online order, many
different locations nationwide, from warehouses to customer service
offices, are involved in the process. Orders need to be transferred
between these locations, sometimes in different formats, for
fulfillment and storage.
Single Source chose Access 2000 to create the company's purchase
order and inventory system. It also uses ApplicationXtender for
document management. Therefore, any file management or automation
solution Single Source chose needed to be able to work with these
The Solution: Single Source chose OpalisRobot and OpalisRendezVous
to incorporate A full-scale job scheduling and file management
solution. Although the company also considered Liquid Time 1.22,
it determined Robot and RendezVous were more user-friendly and
easier and faster to implement.
Now when a customer places an order online, the order is sent via
FTP to Single Source. Working together, OpalisRobot and RendezVous
take it from there. Files are renamed and transferred to Single
Source's database. Once files are exported, they are sent back to
the online ordering company. These order files are also sent back
and forth between the four nationwide warehouses during the order
fulfillment process. Further more, all documents are stored on
optical using ApplicationXtender and text files are generated and
imported to update document indexes.
"In a matter of one minute and 30 seconds, an order is imported,
renamed, sent via FTP back to the online ordering company and the
appropriate customer service representative is notified of a new
order," said Robert Newhart, director of technical service for
Single Source Inc. "Better yet, it's all done without user
intervention. Sometimes employees' lives are simplified at the
expense of the IT department. In this case, the IT department
is reaping many benefits along with the rest of the company."
Once Microsoft Access creates the new file from a new order,
OpalisRobot renames the file and triggers OpalisRendezVous to
transfer it to the online ordering company for processing.
OpalisRobot continues to monitor directories for new orders. It
also monitors directories for new files to be transferred to and
from warehouses. The OpalisRobot/OpalisRendezVous combination
also sends order guides, customer lists, price updates and
invoices to the online ordering company as needed
The Benefits: "Using OpalisRobot/OpalisRendezVous in tandem has
assisted us in achieving our daily mission immensely," said Newhart.
"Customer service no longer needs to enter orders manually and
doesn't need to complete any other steps to process the order."
Because Single Source also strives to be paperless, Opalis Robot
and OpalisRendezVous help meet this separate goal by providing
the latest reports and detailed information for employees on the
server. Employees need not take any time out of their workday to
run reports, the information is automatically generated. 30-Day trial:
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
W2K Server Will Be Hitting The 1 Million This Month
Just yesterday, Steve Ballmer announced that W2K Server will have
sold 1,000,000 copies within a year. He said: "The 1 million server
mark is strong feedback from our customers that the Windows 2000
Server family is delivering the reliability and business agility
they need to stay ahead of the curve in the fast-paced digital
economy. We're delighted at the response from customers, as well
as the growth opportunity this represents for Microsoft."
Well, that is of course PR for the major part. Microsoft is not
Happy with the slow adoption of W2K and would love it to go twice
as fast. Businesses are not that quick with upgrades. Look at
Sunbelt, we have 10 big servers and only one of ?em is now W2K.
The 2 nodes in the webcluster are planned next.
W2K comes in 3 flavors and I would venture to say that 90% is the
server version, 9% is Advanced Server and 1% is Datacenter server.
Microsoft claims that everyone buying W2K saves 18% per year in
cost of ownership. I beg to differ. At least at the start, the time
you need to get Active Directory implemented is more like 18% more(!)
than less. Later, when the whole thing works, sure it will save time.
However, AD?s tie-in with DNS is a headache and I?m not sure if
MS really understands DNS all that well since they had 4 DNS servers
on the same subnet [grin].
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Sunbelt/GIGA Windows 2000 Survey Results!!
We did a major survey a few weeks ago, and here are the results!
Very interesting data. Here goes the raw results. The analysis
will come later.
1. Approximately how many PCs (Desktops and Laptops) are deployed in your organization?
Less than 1,000 713 58.97%
Between 1,000 and 5,000 265 21.92%
Between 5,000 and 10,000 99 8.19%
More than 10,000 132 10.92%
2. Approximately how many servers are deployed in your organization?
Less than 10 311 25.77%
Between 10 and 50 450 37.28%
Between 50 and 100 141 11.68%
More than 100 305 25.27%
3. When do you plan to deploy Windows 2000 Server?
We have already migrated or are
in the midst of upgrading 366 30.40%
In the next three-to-six months 177 14.70%
In the next six-to-nine months 193 16.03%
In the next 12-to-18 months 192 15.95%
No definitive migration plans 276 22.92%
4. When do you plan to deploy Windows 2000 Professional?
We have already migrated or are in the
midst of upgrading 543 44.99%
In the next three-to-six months 149 12.34%
In the next six-to-nine months 142 11.76%
In the next 12-to-18 months 135 11.18%
No definitive migration plans 238 19.72%
5. If your firm is already deploying Windows 2000 Server, rate the quality compared to NT 4.0
Excellent - an order of magnitude better
performance and reliability 146 26.26%
Very good - 5x more reliable and better
performance 166 29.86%
Good - at least 20 percent more reliable
and better performance 159 28.60%
The same - no discernible performance
and reliability improvements 80 14.39%
Worse - it crashes more frequently 5 0.90%
6. If your firm is already deploying Windows 2000 Professional, rate the quality compared to Windows 9x and NT Workstation
Excellent - an order of magnitude better
performance and reliability (fewer crashes) 273 34.82%
Very good - 5x more reliable (fewer crashes)
and better performance 234 29.85%
Good - at least 20 percent more reliable
and better performance 189 24.11%
The same - no discernible performance and
reliability improvements 77 9.82%
Worse - it crashes more frequently 11 1.40%
7. If your organization has not yet migrated to Windows 2000 Server and does not plan to for at least nine months or longer, what is the reason for the delay?
No compelling business need 223 34.95%
Not enough resources (capital expenditure
monies and trained IT staff) 139 21.79%
Complex and time consuming 100 15.67%
Other network upgrade projects take priority 62 9.72%
We are contemplating extending our investment
in Unix or NetWare and may not use Windows
2000 Server as our primary enterprise server 39 6.11%
Other 75 11.76%
8. Which will/did you deploy first?
Windows 2000 Professional 533 47.67%
Windows 2000 Server 265 23.70%
Mixed deployment 320 28.62%
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
The 10 Immutable Laws of Security
The 10 Immutable Laws of Security Administration
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PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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MCSE Training Guide (70-215): ICA Windows 2000 Server
MCSE Training Guide (70-216): I & A Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
MCSE Training Guide (70-217): I & A Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure
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