Case Vtb

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Introduction
Bob Stetzel, Vice President of Information Technology (IT) at Vermont Teddy Bear (VTB), walked a tranquil path from his car to his Shelburne, Vermont office early one morning in mid-February 2010. The landscape outside his office, and the White Mountains beyond, were blanketed in a coating of fresh snow. Just a few days before, the scene was not tranquil at all; a small army of nearly 2000 temporary employees had descended on the company’s multi-building campus to help process and pack gifts ordered by tens of thousands of customers for delivery to their sweethearts for Valentine’s Day. Bob and his seven person IT organization had worked feverishly behind the scenes, ensuring that the company’s information systems could handle the surge in orders for pajamas, custom teddy bears, flowers and other gifts, placed via telephone, mail-order, and the Web. There were a few tense moments when the system - comprising a mix of homegrown and packaged applications from a variety of vendors, and knit together with middleware - occasionally ‘paused’ when its capacity was strained. Fortunately, his team - veterans of past Valentine’s Day ‘peak experiences’ - helped patch things together and ensured that nearly all orders were processed and delivered on time. Recognizing that customer retention was an important goal, Stetzel was relieved that most customers were happy with the service they received during the Valentine’s rush.
Stetzel had been hired in November 2009 - just in time for a Christmas rush which included several tense moments as the systems struggled to handle a surge in orders. He hoped that before winter 2011 rolled around, his team could tame the complicated middleware and make progress toward an efficient, well-organized enterprise IT architecture that could serve as a robust platform for the company’s changing business requirements and support their…...

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