Staples has purchased an IBM supercomputer to tie together information from its retail, Web and catalog operations, Big Blue said Wednesday. Staples, the office products giant, made the change so it can run sophisticated analyses of its sales data, such as uncovering buying patterns and forecasting sales.
Staples has spent $3 million so far on the new system and expects to pay several million dollars more for upgrades in coming years, an IBM representative said. The system uses the IBM SSA storage system. However, IBM is trying hard to increase sales of its newer Shark storage product. IBM became the top supercomputer maker in November, according to one independent research group.