IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - February 2018 - 15
"We're using a module from VAI called suggested purchasing that pretty
much tells buyers what to purchase. This means we don't have to spend
a lot of time analyzing the data because the system is doing it for us."
-Harry Westfall, IT director, Imperial Bag & Paper Co.
both fit current and future ERP
needs. This would allow it to scale
into the future as it continued
to grow with subsequent
Once all of that had been
worked out, ABC, a VAI business
partner, worked to procure the
hardware: a Power Systems 720
with 128 GB of memory, 6.5 TB
of storage and two active cores.
Additional cores can be activated
if needed, although Westfall
doesn't see that happening. In
fact, he's just biding his time until
he can upgrade to POWER9*.
"We've only lit up the first two
cores and we haven't touched
the other four. We've increased
the cache memory one time,
and of course, we've added
storage capacity because you
know how much people love to
save data. Other than that, the
machine is pretty much original,"
Westfall says. "That said, we
recently acquired a company,
Dade Paper, that will eventually
more than double our number of
transactions. But I'm going to be
patient and wait for the POWER9
With the 720 in place, Imperial
worked with VAI to install,
customize and deploy the S2K
ERP solution. The business
partner also provided trainers to
help Imperial teach employees
how to use the new software, with
the average user requiring only
eight hours of total training before
In May 2013, the company went
live with the solution, bringing all
of its acquisitions as of that date
onto the consolidated platform.
ibmsystemsmag.com FEBRUARY 2018 // 15