The depth and the breath of the technology providers; that is what was being evaluated.
From a depth stand point, the full migration project was Mission Critical. We could not afford any down time or the risk of any down time.
If you look at what’s involved in the migration; Nortrack which is a system that involves both HPE and UNIX technology. But it also involved multiple technology disciplines; Nortrack/HPE was just one. Active Directory Services is another one. Networking/Security services is another one. Microsoft environment/SQL are others. And then all the interfaces with all the other systems and the telecom migration that ties into the racks of the Norbord systems.
From the breadth standpoint we needed an organization that has someone who has significant deep knowledge of a Unix environment, as well as knowledge and resources across all the other technology disciplines. A company that understands the impact of inter-dependency and experience in migrating critical systems. Commerx has it all, which allowed the management of all four projects.
Last but not the least, the project management skill set which allows you to manage projects across multiple technology steps. We needed an organization that can actually manage the coordination and integration of the technological solutions throughout the migration project across all these functional steps and technologies. A critical component we used to evaluate all the potential partners and Commerx proved that they have that capability. They excel in managing technology migration projects and that’s why, coupled with all their other expertise, we chose Commerx.