"Pat Quinn, the vice president of IT at lighting manufacturer
Acuity Brands Inc., is quick to admit the irony. Nine years ago, he
opted to go with an enterprise resource planning system from Oracle
Corp. primarily because of Windows. 'At that time, Oracle was one
of the few vendors that could run on Windows, and we had a real
Windows bias,' Quinn said. Today, although Acuity Brands still
considers itself a Windows shop--many of the company's applications
are developed in .NET and run on Windows--its Oracle enterprise
systems run on Linux.
"So why did a self-described Windows zealot migrate the
enterprise applications of a $2 billion manufacturing company to
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