Cope Plastics, Inc. – Alton, IL
• Provides administrative support for Customer Solutions Group as needed including but not limited to handling change/deviation orders, tracking… Cope Plastics, Inc.
Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookNo opinion of CEO
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Many nice people work there. There are some nice lunches periodically. They honor veterans, women with breast cancer, and others. They are thought very nicely by the people in the Alton and Godfrey communities.
They don't want to spend any money... For example, their SQL Server database runs on an active/passive cluster, and contains all production, all test, all development, and absolutely everything else. I showed management that Microsoft publishes that production should be placed on a different server than test, different server than development... Management didn't want to spend the money -- but they still wonder why the database runs so poorly, and why things couldn't be fixed. They run Dynamics AX 2009, but don't pay Microsoft for any support. Because of that, they don't get to receive any answers from Microsoft for any questions that need to be asked, and they don't get any updates to fix problems -- yet Management wonders why things don't work better -- and they place that on the folks who work in the IT department.
Advice to Management
PAY... Microsoft offers good updates and support to their applications periodically. You'll get that if you pay. Purchase good servers -- not cheap ones. While there, my suggestion was to have an active/active cluster to place Dynamics AX on one side, and all the other production on the other side. Then I suggested having two more SQL Servers -- one for development, and one for testing and training. Doing what was suggested would have significantly improved performance. At the same time, the System Administrator was also suggesting improving the servers for Dynamics AX and other applications. Improve all your servers and PCs. You will make everyone in the company more productive if they can get more done, and don't wonder why their PC, Dynamics AX, and SQL Server are so slow and don't work well. That will also allow your IT folks to make other improvements for workers and the business.