Office Depot Standardizes its Business Systems on Sun Platform

12/29/2003 - In time for the holidays, Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) landed a broad-ranging agreement with Office Depot, one of the world's largest resellers of office products, to deliver a network computing solution that will help Office Depot reduce costs and complexities as it standardizes its business systems on Sun systems, software and solutions.

"Customers depend on Office Depot to have what they want, when they want it - all at a great price," said Patty Morrison, chief information officer, Office Depot. "Office Depot set out a strategic direction to transform its business to meet these needs, and that required an open, standards-based network computing infrastructure. One of the important things that attracted us to Sun was their understanding that in retailing, IT is the strategic enabler for fanatical customer service - one of the critical components in Office Depot's go-to-market strategy in the small business and personal user markets."

"Office Depot did it," said Scott McNealy, chairman, president and CEO at Sun Microsystems. "By architecting a network computing, standards-based infrastructure into the core of their business, they have now become the envy of other retailers. Office Depot has engineered a competitive edge for themselves by placing seamless, reliable technology and services in centerstage of their strategy, which in turn produces an extremely satisfying customer experience."

Using Sun's infrastructure technologies and technology with Sun iForce partners, Office Depot will be able to:

Phase Out Homegrown Legacy Application on IBM Mainframe with Retek Merchandising Solution on Sun. The project, awarded to Sun and Retek, gives Office Depot unique demand forecasting and advanced inventory planning, among other productivity tools. Office Depot will be migrating strategic applications to the open and less expensive Sun Fire 15K servers on the Solaris operating system and an L700E Sun Back-up Tape Solution consisting of Sun Fire V480 and Sun Fire V880 volume enterprise servers.

Install Manhattan Associate's Warehouse Management Solution on Sun. The project, awarded to Manhattan and Sun, will produce dramatic results for Office Depot in order throughput, inventory accuracy, process efficiencies and customer service. The solution manages all the physical processes that take place in the data warehouse including receiving, inventory allocation, inventory management, picking, packing and all the shipping processes tied to order fulfillment. The project will be powered by a Solaris-based Sun Fire 15K server, several V480 and Sun Fire 280R servers, and several Sun high-end StorEdge SE9900 products.

Roll Out Its First Global Content Application on Sun. The project, awarded to Sun and Documentum, will unite Office Depot's people, processes, and information. The solution will run on Sun's volume server products, including the Sun Fire V880, Sun Fire V480 and Sun Fire 280R servers running Solaris and midrange storage products, including the SE3510 and L180 tape library, marking the first time an application at the firm will operate worldwide.

These Sun solutions are being architected and implemented by Sun Services, which has deployed several standard services-such as its SunReady Availability Assessment, Application Readiness and Data Center Readiness services-and custom services. Sun is also working with other partners, such as BMC, to help ensure a high-availability environment.

Morrison has also accepted an invitation to be an honorary member of Sun's Executive Advisory Council. Run annually by Scott McNealy, the council is comprised of twenty top C-level Fortune 500 executives from nearly every industry to provide critical customer insight in helping to drive Sun's strategy. Also, Sun recently announced that Office Depot agreed to resell StarOffice 7, the latest release of Sun's multi-platform, open source-based office productivity suite. The software is expected to be on shelves and online for the holidays.

Sun Microsystems has a major presence at NRF (National Retail Federation) Trade Show in New York from January 11-14 with dozens of software vendors demonstrating the latest technology breakthroughs on Sun systems to meet retailer's needs for retail in real-time, including showcasing its continued leadership around RFID technology. Visit Sun in Booth #1935 or to schedule on-site media or analyst briefings contact For more information on the conference visit:

About Office Depot
With annual sales of nearly $13 billion, no one sells more office supplies to more customers in more countries than Office Depot. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Delray Beach, FL, the company conducts business in 22 countries and employs nearly 50,000 people worldwide. Office Depot is an industry leader in every distribution channel -- from retail stores and contract delivery to catalogs and e-commerce. The company is the world's number two online retailer -- on target to generate $2.5B in sales for FY'03. In North America, Office Depot has more than 870 retail stores in addition to a national business-to-business delivery network supported by 24 delivery centers, more than 60 local sales offices and 13 regional call centers. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

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