Building a thin-client strategy

Think ahead

If you are planning a wholesale move to thin clients, make sure you have enough server capacity and memory to handle the load. Also, make sure applications are loaded ahead of time, and try to get some of the new systems into users' hands before the transition so you can solicit feedback on issues such as the design of the user interface.

Keep it lean

One of the main draws of thin-client computing is the minimal initial outlay and reduced support costs. If you do decide to add Web browsers to each desktop PC, along with tools such as plug-ins and other software, expect to pay more for the increased memory and processing power each PC will need. The same applies if you add peripherals because each PC with those additions will need extra support.

Consider phasing it in

If you are not sure thin-client computing is for you, consider testing it on some of your PCs. Vendors such as Neoware Systems Inc. provide software that turns PCs into centrally managed thin clients, allowing users to try thin clients' look and feel while still having access to the PC's full functionality.

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