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Thick and Thin Of I. T.

By Joe Mullich
Sept. 1, 1996

"The saying that you can never be too thin wasn't created as a corporate maxim, but increasingly that philosophy has been adopted by IS departments. Companies are embracing "thin clients"-stripping application logic off desktop computers and placing it on other servers in the enterprise to enhance performance, reduce costs and improve the ability of an application to scale. But some companies are realizing that thin clients aren't a no-brainer panacea. Thin and fat is a delicate trade-off requiring companies to balance a host of sometimes conflicting technology concerns. The decision between thin and fat clients can also raise touchy people issues. The placement of application logic can have surprising influence on how end users interact with their computers and do their work."
Contributor: Fernando Alvares
See Also: Just Another GUI, Beyond The Browser, Rich And Poor
Category Article Reviews
( Topic last updated: 2004.06.01 10:11:44 AM )