Monday, March 30, 2009

Hardware, Software and systems

Hardware categories sold by Wal-Mart; Brands and types of computers

When you enter a Wal-Mart store you can visibly see the types of computer hardware being used, the computerized registers, keyboard, monitor and printer. Wal-mart sells, PC’s, Laptops, keyboards, mouse, flash drives and printers. Wal-mart sells a variety of different computer brands from HP, Dell, Acer to Toshiba. Both the Desk top and laptop computers can be found at every Wal-Mart.

What companies provide the hardware and software for Wal-Mart

In 1996, NCR Corporation announced a multi-million dollar contract with Wal-Mart to expand its data warehouse. This redefined Very Large Database (VLDB) in the industry by growing the largest commercial database system in the world. This includes a 32-node WorldMark 5100 Massively Parallel Processor (MPP) system, Teradata Database for UNIX and professional services which adds 384 processors and four terabytes (trillion bytes) of disk storage to Wal-Mart's existing decision-support system, bringing total disk storage to over 7.5 terabytes. This is the equivalent of nearly two billion pages of text. Using NCR's Teradata database, this decision-support system provides information on customer buying trends, merchandise volume and movement in each of its 2945 stores and clubs in six countries. The timely availability of this detailed data to merchandising professionals ensures that stores have the right items in stock when and where customers want to buy making the foundation of Wal-marts success.

NeoVista provides Wal-mart with the Software. Neo Vista delivers its data mining needs. The Neo Vista “decision series” was tailored to match the requirements of the database environment of Wal-Mart. One important advantage of the implementing the data-mining tool was that the company was able to optimize the inventory management. Their investment in data mining is part of Wal-Mart's drive to deliver what its customers want; the right item, at the right store, at the right time and at the right price. The NeoVista Decision Series is enabling Wal-Mart to look at individual items for individual stores to determine seasonal sales profiles. This additional level of detailed analysis is helping us make even better informed business decisions and helps us further utilize our data Warehouse.

The types of system software which is used by Wal-Mart

The software used by Wal-Mart is ERP; this software helps management and staff to combine all aspects of the business into one system, which helps with effectively using Supply Chain Management. ERP brings all the company and management functions together, these would include, accounting, human resources, and customer relationship management amongst others. Wal-Mart used to sell Linux, but because of low customer sales for the open source operating software they have discontinued its use.

The types of application software and brands sold by Wal-Mart

The different types of application software sold by Wal-Mart are, MS Operating Systems, MS Office, MS Security, Turbo Business Finance and Tax Software, Norton Antivirus and Norton Security Software, McAfee Antivirus, Bit Defender Antivirus, Trend Micro Antivirus, AVG Internet Security, Norton Ghost and Kaspersky Internet Security.


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