A little bit far fetched on mainframes as big as Death Star. For that, they'll have to buy much, much more.
The first Wal-Mart, called Wal-Mart Discount City, opened in Rogers, Arkansas, in July 2, 1962. Five years later, the company already had 24 stores in Arkansas alone. By May 1971, Wal-Mart had already propagated to five states. From there, the growth was just explosive, eating the country from its heart. In 1975 they took Texas, upping the number of stors to 125.
A decade later in 1987, boom, 1,198 stores were spewing out everything from clothes to electronics to movies to music to toys all through the US. Soon, the epidemic ran into the rest of the world and in 2005, they already had 3,800 stores in the US and 2,800 all across the world, with 1.6 million employees and mainframe systems as big as the Death Star, permanently cross-tabulating and linking providers, stores, and customers' data to optimize their sales and distribution flows.
Pragmatic viewpoints of Open Computing
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Not sure if you know but the used game industry is pretty big (fyi, the games industry makes more money than the movie industry). Retailers like Gamespot make most of their profit in this market. Read the article below to get an idea of what is happening in this space.
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I thought the following article was pretty good at some of the pitfalls with IT.
The 7 deadly sins of IT management | InfoWorld | Analysis | 2008-12-15 | By Dan TynanLet the IT manager who is without sin cast the first stone.
OK, we're still waiting.
Odds are, you've committed some venal sins at work -- if not mortal ones. Whether it's falling prey to gadget lust, hoarding information, avoiding necessary but onerous chores, coveting thy neighbor's budget, venting anger all over your staff, or letting ego get in the way of the job, we're all guilty of something.
Not surprisingly, most of our transgressions find their foundation in the classics: lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, envy, wrath, and pride. With apologies to Dante Alighieri, here are the seven deadliest sins IT managers can commit.
(The identities of the sinners have been obscured to protect the guilty. Read and learn from their wicked ways.)
Read. Repent. Repeat. Then go forth and rectify.[Read More]
Top 5ive Supermarket Tricks at SmartMoney.comTHESE DAYS, A trip to the supermarket can set you back as much as your car payment. And that's exactly what supermarkets are aiming for. By using clever tricks, stores lure you into buying more than just what's on your shopping list.
"Surveys find that about 40% of what we actually buy [in the supermarket] are impulse items, products that were not on our list," says Phil Lempert, a supermarket industry expert.
How do the supermarkets do it? Here are five tricks of the trade:
Top 5ive Supermarket Tricks at SmartMoney.com[Read More]
If you're free Jan 14 and in the bay area, I will be speaking about Retail to the SD Forum, one of the oldest professional meetup groups in the Silicon Valley area. See below for the details.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP2475 Hanover StreetPalo Alto, California 94304Category: EducationWebsite: http://www.sdforum.orgEmerging Technologies in Physical Retail presented by Albert Wong, IT Architect, IBM, and ACM Distinguished Speaker
Abstract:Two major themes are driving the invention and adoption of technologies in physical, bricks-and-mortar retail: (1) the need to make the physical retail experience as trackable, analysable and steerable as the online experience, and (2) the redesign of retail environments by customer type. In this talk, Albert Wong of IBM will survey the leading new retail technologies (including ecash, guided selling, radio frequency identification, and near field communications), and explain how they are being deployed by major retailers such as Best Buy, Walgreens, 7-Eleven, McDonalds, Marks and Spencer, and Virgin. Mr. Wong will also cover the software and hardware infrastructure developed to support those emerging technologies.
Bio: Mr. Wong is an IT Architect with IBM Retail On Demand Emerging Business Opportunities (EBO), an IBM skunkworks charged with increasing IBM's business and technical solutions within the retail industry. He was formerly with the IBM Global Services Linux and Grid EBO, building IBM's initial entry into the Linux and Grid Computing market, and with IBM Global Services Application Services and IBM Sales and Distribution Technical Sales Support. Mr. Wong's experience spans the spectrum of IT business and technical development, including technical pre-sales, solution design and implementation, offering development, and ecosystem enablement. He also co-leads the IGS Open Source Community of Practice, an IBM internal grassroots knowledge network with 7,100+ members.
Free to SDForum & ACM members, $15.00 for non-members.