Sears Eschews IBM/Oracle For Open Source And Self Build

Dennis Howlett | ZDNet | October 9, 2012

Summary: As Sears refactors its IT landscape, legacy vendors are finding themselves out in the cold in favor of open source alternatives.

In a comprehensive research note from Cowen & Co, analysts Peter Goldmacher and Joe del Callar note that IBM and Oracle are being edged out of Sears in favor of open sources alternatives:

The primary issue facing Sears was the reality that the current line up of technology it had been using from its existing vendors wasn't able to keep up with the demands of the business. The benefit of its transition to a custom environment [that includes significant open source adoption] is a more nimble IT infrastructure that can better support the business at a materially lower cost.