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ComputerWorld Philippines: How RFM saved P27.7M

Jul 16, 1999, 04:56 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alma J. Buelva)

"RFM Corporation, the food company, had an epiphany: it could junk the P28 million [approx. US$730,000 - lt ed] proposal from Microsoft Corp. to install a whole gamut of MS Exchange-based solutions, and instead spend only P300,000 [approx. US$7800 - lt ed] for a compatible server and consulting service to run Linux."

"Before this, RFM was having a problem with its messaging and communications system. It has over 1,300 users who demand immediate access to the Internet. The IT department scouted for solutions and Microsoft stepped in with its offer of P28 million, which primarily covers the installation of MS Exchange and a Windows NT server from Compaq."

"But RFM wasn't impressed with the way MS Exchange performed when its IT group tested it. Then the company thought of trying out Linux, which was already running the company's intranet since 1996. After tweaking Linux on a low-cost compatible server and without changing a lot on their current set-up, RFM was convinced, and gladly spent P300,000 to run it."

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