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Enterprise Linux Today: Toyota to Save 3 Million A Year with the Help of Linux

Oct 24, 2000, 08:57 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Brauer)

"According to customer surveys, Toyota perennially produces some of the world's most reliable cars. When the auto giant decided to create a comprehensive network to communicate with its 1,200 American car dealers, it wanted the same reliability in its operating system -- and chose Linux."

"This summer, Toyota Motor Sales USA unveiled a plan this summer to provide Toyota and Lexis dealers with what the company calls a first-in-the-industry "ground-up web-based dealer/factory communication system" running Red Hat Linux 6.2 on Dell PowerApp.Web 100 appliance servers. The system, called Dealer Daily, "will be the means for Toyota to communicate with dealers on a wide range of areas, such as sales reporting, inventory management, parts ordering, and technical info," says Mike Michels, a Toyota Motor spokesperson...."

"Dealer Daily will quickly become Toyota's vital electronic link, he adds, allowing dealers to use a browser-like system. "It is a true business-to-business exchange portal," says Inaba. "It will allow us to be securely connected with our dealers twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and will increase dealer productivity in over 30 different data-sharing interfaces, such as parts ordering, warranties, sales transactions and even vehicle repairs."

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