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ZDNet: Acquisitions Bring OS Decisions

Aug 26, 2002, 11:00 (8 Talkback[s])
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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 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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