Thursday, January 16, 2014

UCG completes system-wide technology refresh for Darice Inc.

United Computer Group, Inc. has completed a system-wide technology refresh for Darice Inc., a premier wholesale distributor in the craft industry.

In late 2012, Darice chose Lawson (since acquired by Infor) as their new ERP solution. During the discovery phase, it was determined that their AIX hardware platform was inadequate to support Darice’s growth and would need to be upgraded. Darice was referred to local IBM Business Partner UCG for a consultation. UCG’s recommendation of an upgrade to the IBM i Series (Power System) combined with their VAULT400 cloud backup and DR solution was seamlessly implemented in late 2013. In addition, UCG provided twelve months of admin and operations consulting for Darice.

Jim Petkunas, Darice CIO, stated that, "UCG's 26 years of knowledge, experience, and proven ability to execute in the IBM arena was the winning combination Darice required. UCG provided sizing, consulting, and a turnkey IBM Power System running i OS coupled VAULT400 cloud backup and disaster recovery. We could not be more pleased with our decision." 

“As an IBM Advanced Business Partner for more than 26 years, United Computer Group ensures tight integration of our solutions,” says James Kandrac, President of UCG. Darice’s new IBM i Power System features the latest IBM processors, representing a true leap forward to more intelligent systems that reduce complexity, decrease energy consumption, minimize downtime and drive down operational costs.

By selecting the IBM i Solution Edition for VAULT400, companies gain significant IBM i pricing benefits, and an easy-to-manage cloud backup and disaster recovery solution that delivers a low total cost of ownership. Today, Darice is well-positioned for future growth, and their mission-critical data is safe and off-site. The encrypted data is available online at all times for immediate, user-initiated recovery.

Darice Inc. is headquarted in Strongsville, Ohio. The company was founded in 1954, by Pat Catan, an entrepreneur from humble beginnings who valued hard work and dedication. Today Darice is a premier wholesale distributor in the craft industry, serving many channels including craft, mass market, party, toy, drug and grocery stores.

The company’s key products lines include craft basics, jewelry making, paper crafting, bridal, floral design, fine art supplies, kid’s crafts, including FOAMIES®; as well as, licensed products from names such as David Tutera and Tori Spelling. Pat Catan’s has over 20 stores located throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania.