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HillRom Case Study


Hill-Rom Company, a subsidiary of Hillenbrand Industries, is the leading manufacturer of patient care products, and a leading provider of specialized therapy rental products and related services. Hill-Rom products are designed to improve patient outcomes and reduce total delivery costs. Hill-Rom serves acute, ambulatory and long-term healthcare facilities and homecare patients worldwide.

Hill-Rom along with Batesville Casket Company and Forethought Financial Services comprise the three subsidiaries of Hillenbrand Industries, a 2+ billion dollar industry leader.

The Challenge

Hill-Rom and Hillenbrand corporate have massive IT projects currently in progress that encompass PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and a number of other large and small software solution packages along with over a terabyte of database usage supported with Oracle and SQL Server. They determined that a proactive approach to data management and database project work was needed due to the substantial amount of projects, production support, and technical expertise required to meet corporate goals.

The Solution

Hill-Rom called upon Ross Group Inc to provide sole consulting and staffing support for both Oracle and SQL Server environments. Ross Group has provided premium services to Hill-Rom for over seven years and has developed model processes for ongoing database project and production support, working in tandem with key personnel and core teams.

Ross Group provides several DBAs on location at Hill-Rom full-time (DBAOnSite®) to work with core teams, along with monitoring databases remotely (DBARemote™) - ensuring that they are always running with optimal performance and minimal downtime, and additionally for on-call (DBAOnCall®) questions and response to problems on a 24x7 basis.

The Result

The superior processes and database support implemented by Ross Group at Hill-Rom has resulted in less downtime, improved efficiencies, and increased internal user satisfaction.

“We've been working with Ross Group since 1996 because of their consistently high skill set,” said Larry Keller, Director of Information Systems Warehouse for Hill-Rom. “They always perform at a superior level. They know what they're doing without any coaching.”

Ross Group has been engaged in a number of database projects since the early days of the relationship. Hill-Rom trusts Ross Group to carefully evaluate its needs, make the proper recommendations, and then flawlessly execute against the scope of work.

Hill-Rom also utilizes Ross Group to fill in gaps when resources at the company are not available to fulfill demand. Mitch Aylor, Lead Database Administrator for the Hillenbrand DBA team says, “No other consulting group has been able to provide their level of service and expertise—including the big boys. They’ve bailed us out more times than I can count.”

In addition, Todd Brabender, the Director of Global Systems Services at Hillenbrand added, “ For the last seven years, we have used no other consulting source than Ross Group services for our extensive Oracle and SQL Server support needs. We consider Ross Group as having the premium DBA services available in the Tri-State area.”

Ross Group has consistently delivered the people, the process and the principles required to bring Hill-Rom and their subsidiaries the solutions and services necessary in this data intensive world.

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