Intel revealed today that is has totally re-engineered its worldwide business and standardised on a single PC platform.
The company would not say whether it was buying the machines from outside or whether it was using kit it built itself.
Louis Burns, VP and information director at Intel in the US, told delegates at a Computacenter conference in Wembley, England, that his company will move everything, including hardware, network operating systems and other OSs to a single platform by the end of this year.
Burns said his corporation, which now has 60,000 employees worldwide, ranging from its Santa Clara HQ to Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam, processed 1.5 million emails per day.
Intel had surveyed its systems in 1995 and found that some of them were lacking, said Burns.
?Our total cost of ownership in 1995 was $9,324,? he said. ?That compared to the best of class at the time which was $4,908.?
Said Burns: ?We put two initiatives under way. Lack of standardisation was killing us. We?ve now got one standard worldwide.?
Burns said that Intel, before the survey, had a policy, established by CEO Andy Grove, which gave departmental rights to buy whatever PCs they wanted. That, he said, was not a god-given right but an Andy-given right.
He said that Intel has now migrated 50,000 plus clients to Windows NT in ?about five months? across the globe.
By the end of the year, he said, there will be a single platform in place for all of its employees, wherever they may be in the world.
Intel now has 4,500 servers which make the whole employee base of 60,000 people tick, said Burns.
?Now our total cost of ownership is $6,189 compared to $9,324,? he boasted. ?My hardware cost has gone up but it?s gone up consciously.?
Burns and his representatives refused to confirm whether Compaq was the Intel standard and also declined to say whether the corporation was installing Net PCs worldwide.
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