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IT-Director: Lawson latest to abandon the fat client

Mar 27, 2000, 15:05 (0 Talkback[s])
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"It is reported that Lawson Software is to discontinue selling its "fat client" client/server applications in favour of its "thin client" browser-based applications. ... There seem to be a number of contributory reasons behind this decision. The first is the growing unpopularity of the fat client model as there is now a much better understanding of the costs of implementing and maintaining the traditional client/server architecture."

"A second reason for the decision is to encourage the use of the simpler interface represented by the new applications. Lawson Software has for some time been promoting its Self-Evident Applications (SEA) initiative. This initiative is aimed at de-mystifying the complex transactions typically encountered in ERP suites."

"The third, and most topical, reason is that Lawson has joined the ranks of application vendors that are looking to the ASP industry for future growth potential. ... This adds to our belief that buying software services "across the wire" instead of in-house implementations will become the most common model within the space of 3 years or so."

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