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
"'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...'"