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Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation   Based on 5 reviews
Lottery Agency Saves Millions—and Years of Work—with Innovative BI Solution
4-page Case Study posted: 09/14/2011 Views: 790

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) developed a powerful analytic tool to provide instant access to billions of lottery transactions dating back to 1999. Dubbed the Data Analytic and Retrieval Technology (DART), OLG developed the solution in six months for about CAN$1.1 million (U.S.$1.15 million) with Microsoft and HP supporting technologies—a sharp contrast to the three-to-five years and more than $10 million needed with other BI solutions evaluated by OLG. Searches that used to take weeks can now be done in seconds. With the DART tool, OLG can identify play patterns to confirm legitimate winners and identify potentially fraudulent behavior and claims. DART builds on other OLG antifraud and player protection initiatives, delivering on the organization’s pledge to better inform and protect those who play its games and lotteries.

  • Publication Date:
  • 09/14/2011
  • Partner(s):
  • HP
  • Industries:
  • Media & Cable
  • Business Need:
  • Business Intelligence and Reporting
  • Data Management
  • Mission Critical
  • Business Critical
  • Country/Region:
  • Canada
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • IT Issue:
  • Data Warehousing
  • High Availability
Zeidler Partnership Architects   Based on 5 reviews
Architectural Firms Collaborate Virtually, Avoid $90,000 in Hardware and Travel Costs
4-page Case Study posted: 06/03/2011 Views: 1293

Zeidler Partnership Architects in Toronto, Canada, partnered with Snøhetta New York to win the bid for a high-profile Toronto project that had a tight budget and an ambitious schedule. The firms needed a fluid way for architects in New York City and Toronto to work together on the building model. Rather than ship huge data files across a wide-area network, Zeidler decided to keep all building data on one server in its Toronto office and create virtual desktops that architects would use to share models. Zeidler used Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 for its virtualization software. The virtual desktop solution is yielding seamless collaboration among all team members, and Zeidler avoided spending U.S.$50,000 on hardware and $40,000 on travel. Ultimately, Zeidler foresees offering new professional services and virtual desktop savings growing to $80,000 annually.

  • Publication Date:
  • 06/03/2011
  • Industries:
  • Architecture, Engineering & Construction
  • Business Need:
  • Business Productivity
  • Collaboration
  • Cost Containment
  • Data Management
  • Country/Region:
  • Canada
  • Software and Services:
  • Windows Server Remote Desktop Services
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Hyper-V Dynamic Memory
  • IT Issue:
  • Desktop, Device and Server Management
  • Digital Content Management
  • Document and Records Management
London Drugs   Based on 2 reviews
Retailer Improves Data Management to Reduce Costs and Safeguard Customer Goodwill
2 page Case Study posted: 08/24/2010 Views: 389

London Drugs operates a chain of retail locations in Canada. One of the company’s most important lines of business is the PhotoLab, an online service for storing, sharing, and ordering prints of digital photographs. To reduce costs and improve PhotoLab users’ experience, London Drugs deployed a data management solution based on the Microsoft Application Platform. With the solution, the company has drastically reduced backup time and associated costs, simplified management, and improved the functioning of an important, customer-facing system.

  • Publication Date:
  • 08/24/2010
  • Partner(s):
  • Microsoft Consulting Services
  • Microsoft Services
  • Industries:
  • Retail and Consumer Goods
  • Business Need:
  • Data Management
  • Mission Critical
  • Business Critical
  • Country/Region:
  • Canada
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Microsoft Biztalk Server 2004
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter X64 Edition With Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Services
  • Microsoft Consulting Services
  • BMC - Mission Critical
  • BMC - Platform Modernization
  • IT Issue:
  • Data Warehousing
  • High Availability
GCAN   Based on 2 reviews
Insurer Builds Business Intelligence Tool in One Month, Enables Better Decisions
4-page Case Study posted: 05/12/2010 Views: 945

Toronto, Ontario–based GCAN Insurance Company provides commercial property and casualty insurance to Canadian businesses. The IT department wanted to give managers direct access to current financial data so that they could make better decisions. Working with TGO Consulting, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, GCAN used the public beta version of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 to build a business intelligence (BI) dashboard in just one month. Today, GCAN managers have access to up-to-the-minute business data stored in the company’s recently deployed Microsoft Dynamics GP system. With dashboards in SharePoint Server 2010, managers can make better, faster decisions every day, utilizing more current and up-to-date information. With the technical enhancements in SharePoint Server 2010, the IT staff can improve the dashboard frequently to keep it in tune with business needs.

  • Publication Date:
  • 05/12/2010
  • Partner(s):
  • TGO Consulting, Inc.
  • Industries:
  • Insurance
  • Business Need:
  • Business Intelligence and Reporting
  • Business Productivity
  • Data Management
  • Country/Region:
  • Canada
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • PerformancePoint Services for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
  • Microsoft Sharepoint Server 2010 Enterprise CAL
  • Excel Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 Service Pack 3
Mgestyk   Based on 2 reviews
3-D Developer Uses High-Performance Computing to Improve Programming Speed
4-page Case Study posted: 02/01/2010 Views: 465

Mgestyk Technologies is a next-generation 3-D solution developer of video games and gesture-controlled applications. To support future growth and performance, the Ottawa-based company required a more powerful technology architecture that could support a higher level of availability and productivity when developing its applications. With this in mind, the firm upgraded to Windows HPC Server 2008. The IT team at Mgestyk is using the high-performance computing (HPC) solution to improve programming speed and to reduce rendering times, which helps the company deliver applications faster.

  • Publication Date:
  • 02/01/2010
  • Industries:
  • High Tech & Electronics
  • Business Need:
  • Business Productivity
  • Data Management
  • Country/Region:
  • Canada
  • Software and Services:
  • Windows HPC Server 2008 R2
  • IT Issue:
  • High Performance Computing
  • Interoperability
MedeAnalytics   Based on 2 reviews
MedeAnalytics Experiences Rapid Growth with Compelling Software-as-a-Service Solution for the Healthcare Industry
4-page Partner Case Study posted: 12/28/2009 Views: 373

-MedeAnalytics’ high-value Software-as-a-Service solution fuels growth of new Healthcare Performance Management category -MedeAnalytics experiences rapid growth, gaining over 700 enterprise level healthcare providers and payers since inception -Microsoft products and technologies provide a strong foundation for the MedeAnalytics solution

  • Publication Date:
  • 12/28/2009
  • Industries:
  • Health
  • Business Need:
  • Business Intelligence and Reporting
  • Business Productivity
  • Cost Containment
  • Data Management
  • Country/Region:
  • Canada
  • United States
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server Data Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • IT Issue:
  • Document and Records Management
  • Regulatory Compliance and Controls
  • Cloud Services
  • Software + Services
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