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(27-Aug-09) For a $5.5 billion agricultural cooperative whose 42,000 farmers work cohesively across 19 countries to supply food and farming services, Lantmännen's IT infrastructure was surprisingly unwieldy.
"Because we've been around since the 19th century, our [IT] was decentralized," recalls Dennis Jansson, Lantmännen's chief security officer. "As long as we were decentralized, we had no control over backups, our fixed costs were high and we didn't know when one of our sites had a problem."