I’d like to solicit everyone’s opinion on a situation I am in here at work. We’re moving to a new ERP system and one of the key points is what operating system it will run on.
I share the computer room with 3 programmers (I’m the network admin) and we all feel pretty good about Unix, specifically IBM’s version, AIX. It’s served us well for years, has always been stable, and has not had one moment of down time (save power outages) in the 4 years I’ve been here. Our file, print, and email stuff runs on MS Server 2003 which has been great for the past year, no major issues.
Our main business is distribution. We receive our product from overseas and make sure it gets to our dealers here across the US.
All that said, we have a gentleman from the Gartner group here who is pushing all MS solutions…great plains and server 2003. Gartner has an excellent reputation and I trust what he is saying but I want to be inclusive.
I’m pretty ambivilent about which OS we choose. Running on unix means less work for me (I’m strictly a windows admin) but running in windows means I get to learn more and have more responsibility.
In your opinion what advantages does a unix based system have over MS?
Does anyone know of a good website with properly written studies that I can review so I have my facts straight at the next meeting? Any input is greatly appreciated, thanks!