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to the insuler',completcwith g'aphics and dia- databases using
Lihe nrany of its Big Six consultingancl ac- gt'anrs.In this case, I(PNIGwon the account, Lotus Development
countingfilnr lllcthlen, Id)i\'l[iPeatN'latrvichis beating Electlouic Data SystcntsCorp.,IBIVI C o r p . ' su n i q u ep t ' o -
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svstetn ft'ont SoftAlc, Inc., tu ct'etrteti ttnificd "We u,antto delivel kr cvely indiviclualin the lies of valious docrt- Challenge:To createan(i
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that in trvo years, Oraclc and Bxcharlgett'ill
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the aleas itt l4tich they needeclinftlt'tttation.
In plepaling fol Iiros4edgeil'lanager'. liPtrl(i
found tliat its lalgest technologl'challcngc tt'as
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building tlie undellf irtg netl'ot'li supllolt.
conlpiurllt'uus both Apple'falli and IPX on all
LANs trnd TCP/lP on s'ide-at'eaconncctions.
Diagrrosingpt'oblemsovel the mixerl-plrttocol
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