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Sun Microsystems To Help Harrods of London Grow Multi-channel Business Through Integrated IT Infrastructure
SOA-based Integration Suite To Optimize Online Retail Experience While Preserving Investment in Existing IT Assets
NEW YORK – NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION CONFERENCE – January 17, 2006 – Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java (TM) technology, today announced that Harrods, the world famous London department store belonging to the Harrods group of companies, has selected the Sun Java (TM) Integration Suite to help support and enhance its growing multi-channel retail operations.
Harrods, like many retailers today, is faced with the challenge of creating a more efficient business model that both improves customer service and reduces the cost of ongoing operations. To address these challenges, Harrods is expanding its use of information technology, and has selected a suite of products from Sun that will help to preserve its existing IT investments while enhancing business agility and improving customer experience.
After a thorough evaluation, Harrods selected the Sun Java Integration Suite, formerly the SeeBeyond (TM) Integrated Composite Application Network (ICAN) Suite, for both its footprint in the marketplace as well as its rich integration and composite application development capabilities. As a part of the Sun (TM) Retail Integration Architecture software, the Sun Java Integration Suite will provide the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)-based foundation to create a 'single view' of customer, product and promotional data, powering both Harrods' multi-channel marketing strategy and the optimization of its on-line retailing capabilities.
"With the motto 'All Things, For All People, Everywhere' one can only imagine the abundance of departments and customers that we deal with on a day to day basis. This demands a reliable and integrated IT infrastructure that will allow for the adoption of new technology while preserving both our existing IT investments as well as the customer experience," said David Llamas, chief information officer, Harrods. "Harrods is looking forward to leveraging the comprehensive, standards-based Java Integration Suite from Sun to handle the demands and increase the efficiency of our growing, multi-channel, international business."
The first phase of the deployment will entail customer data integration creating a customer-centric view of legacy system data to support the next wave of growth anticipated by Harrods. This single, common view of customer, product and promotional data will span back-end systems from both brick-and-mortar and on-line sites.
"Harrods' selection of Sun's Java Integration Suite is a testament to the depth and breadth of its capabilities and its broad adoption in a number of markets, including retail," said Larry Singer, senior vice president and strategic insight officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "We look forward to helping Harrods establish a common view of data across the organization to more effectively serve its customer base and reach the next level of integrated multi-channel retail operations."
About Sun Retail Integration Architecture Software
Sun Retail Integration Architecture software helps to reduce complexity and eliminates the typical custom integration efforts required to assemble and manage software infrastructure. Software developers and business analysts can focus on value-added activities, such as creating differentiated customer experiences and the development of unique business processes that attract and retain profitable customers. Sun Retail Integration Architecture software provides a core set of services in a system that is secure, simple and based on open standards. For more infor mation about Sun Retail Integration Architecture Software, please visit http://www.sun.com/retail.
About Sun Java Integration Suite
The Sun Java Integration Suite, formerly the SeeBeyond Integrated Composite Application Network Suite (SeeBeyond ICAN Suite) is now the sixth suite in the Sun Java (TM) Enterprise System (Java ES). The new technology suite is a result of Sun's acquisition of SeeBeyond in August 2005. With nearly 1 million Java ES subscribers to date, the addition of the Sun Java Integration Suite will build upon Java ES's success and position it as one of the most complete software platforms for building Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), Web services and composite applications. For more information on the Java Enterprise System and its suites, please visit: http://www.sun.com/software/javaenterprisesystem .
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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