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ZDNet: Acquisitions Bring OS Decisions

Aug 26, 2002, 11:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Southgate)

"That's exactly the scenario that MIS Director Lisa Gibson at PalletOne, the nation's largest manufacturer of shipping pallets, found herself grappling with when her company bought 12 manufacturing plants from Houston-based IFCO Systems last fall. Gibson needed to act fast to support 125 employees, at 12 different locations, who no longer had a centralized Web server, e-mail, file and print services, or Internet access.

"While she had the opportunity to rent IS services from IFCO, there was a high cost involved. Instead, Gibson opted to use IFCO's IS systems for a limited time while searching for a cheaper alternative.

"With the aid of Orlando, FL-based MASC Data Systems, a training and consulting company specializing in Unix/Linux and Windows interoperable solutions, Gibson choose to use open source systems to solve PalletOne's IS needs..."

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