ZDNet: Acquisitions Bring OS Decisions

“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

“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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