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Tony’s Fine Foods serves up the newest mission-critical data with BI tools

Tony’s Fine Foods serves up the newest mission-critical data with BI tools
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Many IT departments augment their ERP reporting with specialized tools that allow for easier user-initiated reporting. Not only does this take some of the burden off of IT personnel, who would rather be doing other things (like creating new applications that further enhance the business), but it also enables flexible reporting, resulting in current, accurate and actionable data.

That’s in part why Tony’s Fine Foods decided to deploy Help/Systems’ business-intelligence tool SEQUEL. Tightly integrated with its ERP package, this solution lets the company offer users direct access to the mission-critical data they need, whenever they need it, without requiring the IT department to write custom queries to get the same results.

Chilled or Frozen

West Sacramento, Calif.-based Tony’s Fine Foods’ humble origins trace to 1934, when Italian immigrant Anthony Ingoglia started delivering meats and cheeses out of a truck in the Sacramento area while his wife took orders over the phone. Now third-generation owned, the organization, once known as Tony’s Salami Company, has grown tremendously, serving major grocery chains, delis, bakeries, restaurants and pizza parlors throughout California, as well as Oregon, Nevada, and parts of Washington and Arizona.

Tony’s original husband-and-wife team is now represented by more than 500 employees, and its original truck has been supplanted by a fleet of more than 100 tractor-trailers. Additionally, the company distributes more than just meats and cheeses—although those are still cornerstone company staples—to now include more than 12,000 products, including deli and bakery goods, prepared salads, pizza ingredients, pastas, condiments, oils, tomato products, finger foods and specialty beverages. Tony’s also has a large warehouse in West Sacramento and several smaller ones strategically situated within its marketing territory.

Jim Utsler, IBM Systems Magazine senior writer, has been covering the technology field for more than a decade. Jim can be reached at



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