Siemens Computer Systems to provide leading tile company with complete back-office solution · will support electronic trading and allow remote access to financial information The Yorkshire Tile Company, one of the UK's largest independent ceramic tile distributors, has ordered a complete back-office solution from Siemens Computer Systems to handle all aspects of sales and purchase order processing and accounting. Two Siemens PRIMERGY servers will be connected to 25 Siemens PCs across the company's four sites to enable remote station access to financial information, eliminating the need to update PCs at branches and providing time and cost savings. The solution will also support Internet and Intranet links, enabling The Yorkshire Tile Company to trade electronically. The order was placed through Siemens partner - TRACLINE (UK) Limited - who will also provide business software, configuration of the operating systems, installation and training. The solution comprises a PRIMERGY 470 server with RAID and a PRIMERGY workgroup server, connected to the Siemens PCs across a Wide Area Network. The Yorkshire Tile Company is replacing standalone PCs and dumb terminals linked to a central processor. "Over the past seven years, The Yorkshire Tile Company has expanded from a single branch to multi-branches - the technology from Siemens and TRACLINE is supporting this expansion and facilitating future growth," commented Eric Nichols, Chairman of The Yorkshire Tile Company. "When we decided to replace our existing system, we drew up an extensive checklist and of the four packages examined, only one met the necessary criteria - the combination of Siemens hardware and TRACLINE operational software. "Importantly, our four sites will have access at the terminal to the PRIMERGY server, and this will replace the need to update standalone PCs at branches. Not only will this save precious time, but it will also mean that crucial financial information is instantly available to staff at our stores. The complete solution will also enable us to trade electronically, maintain a Web presence and trade in euros - taking us well into the next century," Eric Nichols added. The Siemens hardware will provide a platform for TRACLINE Relativity and Sage Accounting. This will enable Internet and Intranet links; open database connectivity; report generator; automatic Intrastat entries and reports; dual purchasing price facility for euro; forecasting and budgeting by product class, customer and expense account. Siemens PRIMERGY servers deliver the highest levels of availability and are an ideal platform for applications such as e-commerce, SAP R/3, data warehousing and ISP hosting. The range includes the PRIMERGY 170 workgroup server, which offers enterprise class management and availability at an affordable price; the PRIMERGY 470 and 670 which provide excellent expandability and can be clustered with all leading server operating systems, and the PRIMERGY 870 Enterprise Server with Intel Pentium III Xeon processors which supports thousands of users. PRIMERGY servers feature the industry's widest range of fault-immunity features, including unique hot-swap PCI cards, tape drives and CD-ROMs under Windows NT. The Yorkshire Tile Company Limited began trading in 1975. It operates as a Ceramic Tile Distributor and each of its branches has Trade Counters and Retail Showrooms. The Yorkshire Tile Company's head office is in Sheffield and it has branches in Doncaster, Leeds and Newcastle. The company employs 48 staff and has a turnover in excess of £6 million. TRACLINE (UK) Limited was established in 1984 to introduce businesses of all sizes to the benefits of computerisation. In 1991, TRACLINE began a relationship with Siemens. Siemens was chosen because of its ability to supply a range of hardware and EPoS systems. Siemens Computer Systems offers the industry's broadest range of computer systems from a single supplier, ranging from notebook, desktop and Intel-based server systems to a full range of UNIX and mainframe-based enterprise servers. On 1 October 1999, the company will merge its European operations with Fujitsu Computers (Europe) Ltd to create a new computer company, Fujitsu Siemens Computers. Operating Europe-wide to serve consumer and corporate markets with a full range of IT platforms, the new company will immediately become the second largest provider of computer systems to the European market and is aiming for the number one position in 2001. For further editorial information please contact: Rebecca Hartley Press Relations, Siemens Computer Systems Direct Line: 01252 555396 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For sales, support and other enquiries please contact: Siemens Computer Systems Customer Helpdesk Tel: 01252 555300 Internet: http://www.siemens.co.uk/cs
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