IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - November 2010 - (Page 28)

B usiness reports are sometimes a mixed blessing. They generally provide vital information but, in printed form, they also take up a lot of desk space and consume paper, toner and valuable IT time. Just ask the folks at The HammockSource. According to IT Manager Max Valdman, the company had been using “a literal ton” of paper each year. And much of this was unnecessary, with some users maybe perusing, for example, only a few pages of a 20-page report that subsequently got filed away, never to be seen again. Similarly, the company’s distribution department was creating multiple copies of order-fulfillment documents, with one copy acting as a pick ticket and the other simply used as a packing list. Realizing there had to be a better, more environmentally efficient way to deliver reports and generate picking and packing documents, the company sought tools that would enable electronic report distribution and decrease paper use for distribution purposes. To that end, The HammockSource began replacing pr inted reports with Microsoft* Excel files sent to the appropriate recipients using IBM Lotus* Notes*. It also started using Help/Systems’ SEQUEL to allow for dynamic drilldowns into other reports. Additionally, packing slips were replaced with simple and consolidated explanatory shipping labels. Along the way, Valdman says, “we cut down on our paper usage by around 60 to 70 percent.” 28 NOVEMBER 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - November 2010

IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - November 2010
On the Web
Editor's Desk: Core Relationships
Dashboard: Walking While You Work - Photo-Cropping - Multitasking Distraction
Think Smarter: Smart Storage Solutions Let You Have it All
Data Display: All About Spam
Insider: Proactive Systems Management Can Lead to Success
Trends: Can You Move From IBM i 5.4 to 7.1? And Should You?
Case Study: How the HammockSource Saved a Ton of Paper and Improved Business Processes
HA Solutions With Depth: PowerHA SystemMirror is Integrated Down to the Kernel
The Benefit of the Bling: Are Solid-State Drives a Luxury or Necessity?
Focus on Storage: IBM Showize V7000 Offers Enterprise-Class Functionality in a Small, Affordable Package
Next: 3-D Chips Could Gain Depth to Keep Delivering on Moore's Law
Advertiser's Index
IBM Perspective: 2010 and Beyond
Snapshot: Love of Tech is in His DNA

IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - November 2010