Project Description

BWI companies switches from in-house change management to automated GIT & Jira on IBM i

Customer Success Story - BWI companies ARCAD for DevOps

The Customer

From its early beginnings in 1958 as a retail seed store, BWI Companies has expanded to become one of the leading US wholesale distributors of garden products, with over 18 locations and 600 employees across the mid South and Southeastern United States.
BWI has a field sales staff over 125 strong and makes timely deliveries with its company owned fleet.

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Context

The existing process was mostly manual with very few controls in place. Without any formal authorization checking, the in-house checkout/checkin scripts left no traceability of changes, making it difficult to know which change was made why and by whom. As the company grew, to be able to maintain BWI’s exacting standards in customer service it became clear that existing tools and the in-house built process for change management had to be replaced.

Solution

At the end of 2020, after evaluating several different solutions, the BWI team selected ARCAD for DevOps. Simone Culp gave the reasons for her choice: “ARCAD is the only integrated all-in-one DevOps solution for IBM i with the deep Git and Jira integration that was so strategic for us. We needed to standardize our processes across our IBM i and Web teams and keep them in sync. Only ARCAD was able to cover a complete end-to-end standardized DevOps process on IBM i”.

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Case Study Highlights

  • Company: BWI companies
  • Industry: Wholesale
    distributor
  • Challenge: The IBM i team at BWI was nearing retirement age, and it became increasingly urgent to upgrade and modernize IBM i development and source control techniques in order to attract and onboard new developers. Much of the application source code
    was not documented and developers relied on long-established knowledge and comments to guide their changes.
  • Solutions: ARCAD for DevOps
ARCAD is the only integrated all-in-one DevOps solution for IBM i with the deep Git and Jira integration that was so strategic for us. We needed to standardize our processes across our IBM i and Web teams and keep them in sync. Only ARCAD was able to cover a complete end-to-end standardized DevOps process on
IBM i”.
Simone Culp, Snr. Software Engineer and Data Analyst at BWI Companies