Leading Retailer Drives Performance in Down Economy While Managing IT Costs
Orlando, Florida – June 30, 2009 – Pentaho Corporation, the commercial open source alternative for business intelligence (BI), today announced that Sheetz, a leading retailer with more than 350 stores in the United States, has deployed Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition and the Teradata Data Mart Appliance. The application serves users across multiple departments, providing self-service access to corporate data to drive company performance.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America's fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $4.9 billion in revenue for 2008 and more than 12,000 employees. The company operates more than 350 convenience locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.
The project, known as “Sharehouz,” was created to support the company’s continued growth and success by providing visibility into store-level sales data, integrated with other operational information. The information is used across all corporate departments. In addition to standardized reports, the Sharehouz application also allows business users to create their own ad hoc reports to answer key business questions at any level of detail across three terabytes of data stored in the Teradata Data Mart Appliance.
The Pentaho application is running on a Sun server with the Solaris operating system and the Tomcat application server. Pentaho was chosen based on its fit to Sheetz’s technical requirements, its low cost of ownership compared to traditional BI alternatives, and its professional support.
“The Pentaho suite allows our technology and business users to get the data they need to perform analysis and standard reporting,” said James Wenner, director of information technology at Sheetz. ”In phase one of our project, we are giving business users ad hoc capabilities for enterprise data. Pentaho has provided us with the support we needed to install and implement quickly.”
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