OKDHS lowered their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) while delivering "seamlessly and transparently to users" a modernized system for child welfare. Their "KIDS" system now uses Information Builders' WebFOCUS product for enterprise BI.
Chris Little, the zLinux administrator, talks openly about OKDHS' decisions, challenges, and fears.
A big part of the project was achieving a comfort level. At the time we started our migration, Linux was still a dirty word in much of the IT industry. Linux was considered a ‘hobby’ or a ‘toy’ system then. We knew that the end result was to bring missioncritical applications to a new platform—and along the way, we had to feel comfortable by first performing the database migrations with databases that weren’t considered missioncritical. In this way, if an outage occurred and we had to move back to our original platform, we could do so without impacting a lot of people.
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