System U is the fourth largest retail group in France employing 63,000 staff. It operates five supply centers and 1600 points of sale. In 2011, the U GIE-IRIS entity was formed to manage all aspects of IT for the System U group.
System U rely on several core IBM i applications written in-house in RPG, plus multiple Web and client/server applications written in Java on Linux and ORACLE. The IBM i applications are voluminous and constitute 65% of the deployment workload at the group.
A shift to a more collaborative “DevOps” organization was necessary for System U, in order to achieve a continuous and end-to-end delivery pipeline across each of their development platforms. That is why they selected DROPS from ARCAD Software : "We preferred DROPS because it was clearly way ahead in terms of support for IBM i which is our core system. Also with DROPS we could standardize on one single tool for deploying all of our technologies, Java, ORACLE, DB2, and RPG. DROPS made deployment simple by masking all the complexity and technical detail, so that operators no longer needed to know which technology was behind" says Vincent Le Guern, Software Architecture Manager at System U.