The EPO has a production environment with two large mainframes, several platforms, and a server farm in a new data center. It uses SAP for its financial and personnel system, known internally as FIPS. Due to the numerous different applications and platforms used for FIPS processing, the system was not fully integrated with other core applications. Multiple schedulers (crontabs) and custom FTP solutions used by various departments had led to a very amorphous production environment. More importantly, there was no centralized support within the enterprise for distributed workloads.