Modern Middle Manager
Primarily my musings on the practical application of technology and management principles at a financial services company.
Putting Desktop Clients on a Diet

Friday, December 13, 2002  

Thin clients -- the concept is grand. No moving parts, no modifiable OS, nothing to crash, centralized profiles, apps & services and end-user computing Nirvana is reached. The grass is greener, the skies are bluer and I think I hear angels singing softly in my ear...

There is a very good chance that our annual revenue projections this year are bogus. And that means sometime in the next 3-6 months, depending on how poorly our salesforce does, that the support services (uh, that would be us) will once again be asked to sacrifice. So why not get in front of that train and stay in front instead of the pain, suffering and inevitable loss of consciousness that a collision inevitably generates?

Today I had a meeting with my staff and we're going to attempt to get ahead of that train wreck by rolling out a thin client research project -- to lock down an existing desktop running Linux, set it to autoload Citrix's ICA client in full screen mode and make certain the apps loaded on our Citrix Metaframe XPs 1.0 server don't cause crashes (and we've only got about, oh, a dozen apps that need to be loaded). The guinea pigs, er, end-users in this experiment will win a 17" LCD display for participating. Our branch offices have the least-customized desktop environment so they'll be easy to test (and probably convert). We have 90 days to get the results of real-world tests done before we have to make a go/no-go decision.

posted by Henry Jenkins | 12/13/2002 02:36:00 PM

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