Headquartered in Milpitas, California, Solectron Corporation is a leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company. It provides global manufacturing and integrated supply chain services so that its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers in the electronics industries can focus on their core competencies and gain a competitive edge by turning to Solectron for important, but non-core activities. Solectron's services include collaborative design, lean manufacturing and fulfillment, and post-manufacturing services. With operations on five continents and locations in more than 15 countries, Solectron incorporates the principles of lean manufacturing and Six Sigma throughout its operations.

RUNNING SUCH A VAST MANUFACTURING NETWORK and global supply chain brings a formidable data management challenge. When Solectron found itself struggling to retrieve and coordinate business-critical information, it turned to Sun Microsystems Inc. and Sun iForce Partner Eakins Open Systems for guidance in developing an improved global data warehouse solution and infrastructure robust and scalable enough to cope with its enormous data inputs.

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