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La Curacao takes the plunge into a Linux-based OS

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La Curacao is a Los Angeles-based chain of Hispanic-focused electronics stores. Its locations are decorated with symbols of ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations: the chain’s motto, “Un Poco De Su Pais,” translates to “a little bit of your country.”

While La Curacao enjoys strong levels of customer loyalty, its previous operating system sometimes left both customers and sales associates frustrated. Transactions could take a long time to complete, which prompted some sales associates to abort the process and start over.

The problems became more acute during the holidays or other busy periods, when sales volume could jump by several hundred percent. In addition, the system would occasionally crash and remain down for 15 or 20 minutes — usually during the company’s busiest sales periods.

To alleviate these problems and better position the firm for growth, software development manager Eryk Szachniewicz worked with Novacoast, an IT professional services firm headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif. Together, they transitioned La Curacao to a Linux-based operating system in late 2007.

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