Music Publisher Sings Praises of System Optimization from Vision Solutions
January 18, 2010 Dan Burger
Carlin Music is no one-hit wonder. It’s one of the world’s largest independent music publishers, with 100 years of popular music history in its catalog. Carlin’s music and royalty management systems are highly automated, as you might expect.
In terms of IT, Carlin gets by on more than just a song. It turns out that this company–with operations in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom–relies on Vision Solutions’ Vision Director software to maintain tempo.
Vision Director is a set of utilities for proactively monitoring, managing, and optimizing IBM Power Systems i servers (including System i, iSeries, and AS/400), databases, and application environments. The goal is to maintain peak efficiency.
“Carlin Music has used Vision Director for nearly a decade and it’s saved us significant time compared to manual archiving and systems management,” says Carlin Music’s IT director, Steve Phillips. “It’s wonderful not having to worry about the history of our data because Vision Solutions helps us keep all the journals tidied, and system optimization is spot on.”
Carlin counts on its database to be up-to-date and its applications running at optimum capacity. A system weighed down with years of inactive records and historical reports can cause processing to drag and potentially cause reporting errors and application problems.
“Before Vision Director, our IT team worked overtime,” Phillips said in a statement, “but now we can manage the entire process during normal business hours.” He also credits the software with extending the life of Carlin’s IBM System i525 by saving disk space and optimizing DASD.
When servers, databases, and applications aren’t fully optimized, they devour more memory, disk, and processing capabilities to handle the workload. Eventually that becomes a performance drag that slows the system and reduces user productivity. More importantly, it can cause deadlines to be missed and maybe even overtime to be paid.
To shed light on specific performance issues that are haunting your system, the Vision Solutions Web site has a downloadable utility called iScore, which provides a no-cost system analysis that reveals performance and disk utilization issues on your system.
Vision Director V8.0, by the way, is available in two versions: one for the automation requirements of most mid-market customers, the other with additional utilities that are suited to the more complex, enterprise-level IT environments.