Retail giant Safeway is to replace 800 PCs with network computers this year, in a radical strategy to move critical applications from client/server to an NC architecture.
In the biggest commitment yet made by a UK corporation to the emerging NC or thin client computing model, Safeway has already started to move decision support and office applications from PCs to thin clients and plans to migrate some online transaction processing functions by the end of the year.
IT director Mike Winch is responsible for the strategy, which the company believes will cut costs and enhance its claims to be the most innovative UK retailer in the use of IT.
Also part of the IT overhaul is a plan to put business intelligence tools on all desks, including field salesforce laptops. Safeway has purchased a corporate licence for the Brio decision support suite, partly because it offers full functionality - including creation of complex reports - access the Web and on client/server, thus supporting the transition to NC.
Safeway will source the NC hardware from a variety of manufacturers. It claims the training requirements for existing PC users will be ?minimal? because of the ease of use of the browser interface on the NC.
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