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ARS Altmann leaves Microsoft for SUSE Linux Openexchange Server and Saves Big

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Posted: 24 Sep 2004

Almost everyone in Germany who owns a car has unknowingly benefited from the car logistics services of ARS Altman. The company services 12,000 cars a day across 16 logistics centers in Germany, Eastern Europe and Southern Europe, coming in contact in some way with a substantial number of all cars registered in Germany. Maintaining such a gigantic logistical capacity requires a powerful IT infrastructure, particularly for a rapidly growing company.

With diverse and outdated systems, ARS began searching for a standardized platform that would reduce both its administration and licensing costs. The company set a goal to introduce open standards and interfaces that would lay a foundation for future development.

ARS completed an online evaluation of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Openexchange Server. The company discovered that it could solve its problems without a large CRM system by simply integrating its customer databases and other applications into a portal interface with SUSE Linux Openexchange Server.

"We wanted centralized access to our diverse applications, as well as a shared interface and database," said Peter Laubsch, IT manager at ARS Altmann AG. "We looked for a comfortable and efficient portal for our entire enterprise and found it in SUSE Linux Openexchange Server."

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