Tesco prepares systems for .net

Tesco has rolled out a common system monitoring tool across portions of its IT infrastructure to allow it to track its business...

Tesco has rolled out a common system monitoring tool across portions of its IT infrastructure to allow it to track its business processes in preparation for the deployment of Microsoft .net services over the coming year.

The supermarket giant has gone live with the first phase of a six-month programme in which Hewlett-Packard's Openview suite is being implemented.

Openview will replace a number of disparate monitoring systems and allow the company to gain a unified view which will enable it to monitor business processes rather than discrete sub-systems in its IT environment.

Joe Galloway, service delivery director at Tesco, said, "The key thing is to get a business view of systems. Rather than looking at a system name or a piece of hardware, we will be able to understand how a business process is operating. Ultimately this will enable business managers to monitor things."

Galloway said that traditionally Tesco has been a mainframe business but the move to .net will require the monitoring of performance from end-to-end of planned .net applications such as shopfloor provision of information to workers' handheld devices.

The first phase of Tesco's Openview roll-out went live last month with its application to the company's datawarehousing, core networks between datacentres and five trial stores. The full roll-out is scheduled for completion by next summer.

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