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Published: 30 Oct 2012

Maybe it's because they make giant tractors and construction equipment that manufacturing companies like Caterpillar Inc. come across as large, ponderous operations. People imagine massive factories that house huge assembly lines, and assume the IT infrastructure needed to support the collaborative design and development of these monster machines will be equally massive and complex. It may have been this way once, but not today. "The IT infrastructure is not as big as you might think. There are a lot of parts used in the design of one of our products, but for the most part we have a few basic designs and a lot of different configurations. There's not a tremendous amount of data," says Kenneth Olson, technical specialist in the storage management group at Peoria, IL-based Caterpillar, which touts itself as the world's largest maker of construction and forestry equipment. The situation is similar at mailing product manufacturer Pitney Bowes Inc., Stamford, CT, which designs and manufactures mailing equipment ranging in size from desktop postage meters to ... Access >>>

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