ZDNet: Acquisitions Bring OS Decisions
Aug 26, 2002, 11:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Southgate)
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"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..."