Square One

Overview:

PVC was struggling to integrate new business applications into an antiquated Microsoft Server System Infrastructure. Additionally, business executives needed Outlook functionality delivered to various types of handheld devices for anytime, anywhere access of email, calendar, and business contacts. Although most of this functionality was available on the legacy infrastructure, the delivery of business applications was unreliable and required excessive IT support services to maintain.

The Need:

PVC Container mobile workers and business executives required a way to access business critical applications while outside of the corporate office, on laptops and handheld devices. Their current server and messaging platform was insufficient because it could not support the large PVC user group, provide secure access to the corporate network, and enable rich attachment viewing of Microsoft Word, Excel and PDF documents. PVC’s IT staff was focusing the majority of their time on help desk calls which were causing IT initiatives to be pushed back.
  • Increased worker mobility through anytime, anywhere access to business critical applications
  • Expanded messaging collaboration, manageability, development, performance and security
  • Messaging compatibility with PDAs such as Palm Treo and Pocket PC Devices

The Solution:


  • Exchange Server 2003 combined with Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 provides mobile, remote, and desktop email access with state of the art security, reliability, and manageability.
  • Good Technology’s GoodLink running on Windows Pocket PC and Palm hand held devices provides full Outlook-like functionality, expanded security with GoodLink Compliance Manager, and world-wide coverage with Global Connect

The Result:


  • As a result, business applications such as Cognos, Exchange Server 2003, Baan, and Oracle run flawlessly across the enterprise. Business executives can now access documents and Outlook from laptops and PDAs such as the Palm Treo as well as Pocket PC Devices. IT resources are now focused on core business applications and new projects instead of help desk and troubleshooting exercises.
  • Increased worker productivity and mobility due to upgraded messaging platform
  • Better user and policy management of documentation due to implentation of Windows Active Directory structure
  • IT resources now focus on core business applications and new projects instead of help desk and troubleshooting exercises

The Organization:

PVC Container is one of the nation's largest blow molding organizations, with production growth from 3 million in 1969 to more than a billion containers and technical parts today—in all popular resins including PET, HDPE, MDPE, PP, and PVC. The PVCC family boasts an unrivaled staff offering more than 1000 years of combined blow molding experience, and the diversity of advanced blow molding equipment required to produce virtually any blow molded item with the utmost in efficiency.

The Details:

Square One was retained to upgrade the Microsoft System infrastructure to Windows Server 2003, which also included the deployment of Good Technology’s GoodLink software for real-time synchronization of the Outlook client to handheld devices, such as Palm Treo and Pocket PC devices. The Windows system upgrade to 2003 also included an Exchange 2003 cluster system for messaging high-availability along with an Active Directory design for better user and policy management.