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Jul 13, 2004, 20:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"It's a difficult and ultimately futile effort to try to categorize a typical Linux-using enterprise today. Consider, for example, Eu Yan Sang (EYS), a 120-year-old company headquartered in Singapore that specializes in traditional Chinese medicine—including some 3,000-year-old herbal remedies. The company recently deployed a real-time point-of-sale application on Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server 3.0 and Oracle Application Server 10g to solve its supply chain problem. Although EYS has 72 retail stores across Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, the lack of connectivity between its stores and production facilities resulted in continual overstock and understock situations, as well as a lack of visibility into the order-fulfillment process and current sales trends. With its Linux-based solution, EYS has cut inventory levels while increasing its sales-cycle visibility..."

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