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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Linux Rescues Oracle Implementation for Lighting Manufacturer

Sep 05, 2003, 18:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Lithonia Lighting promotes itself as North America's largest manufacturer of commercial lighting equipment. With $1.3 billion in revenue, growth is inevitable, and information technology is expected to scale accordingly.

"Primarily a Windows shop, the Conyers, Ga.-based enterprise runs 15 plants and six distribution centers in North America. Windows 2000 ran smoothly on Lithonia's Dell hardware until February 2002, when administrators attempted to expand Lithonia's use of the Oracle application suite and install its enterprise resource planning and manufacturing software in one of its smaller plants.

"'We started experiencing stability problems with the memory mapping of Windows,' said director of technical services Phil Kilgore. 'It didn't work well. We were at a scalability impasse. It was not an option not to deploy the Oracle software. We had to figure out what to do next...'"

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