Re: TWs and Dedicated terminals?

Subject: Re: TWs and Dedicated terminals?
From: Jay Maechtlen <techwriter -at- laserpubs -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, TechWrl list <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:43:00 -0700

I think these 'dedicated terminals' are a bit more capable than you're thinking.
I've seen a few serving up a Citrix desktop, which can be an instance of the corporate desktop software deployment.
If using away from home office, it may or may not give the user access to their home desktop.
It guarantees that the user won't mess up their temporary machine.

In situations where you really don't want the user to change the machine, it's a reasonable option.

cheers
Jay


On 10/16/2012 9:15 AM, McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:

All,

Is there ANYBODY on this list working for a company (or other organization) that has:


- started up with an IT model of dedicated desktop terminals connecting to cloud-based (SaaS) apps and data

- switched over to dedicated desktop terminal workstations (as in the above point) from the previous model of individual PCs and locally installed software?

Or, if nobody has first-hand experience, does your employer deal with such an entity?

This is kind of a settle-an-argument request that comes out of a discussion among developers, architects, PLM ... and me... where someone noted that DELL had recently seen fit to buy WYSE (maker of terminals, since back-in-the-day).

SOMEthing has kept Wyse alive all these years, and now SOMEthing has made them attractive to a player the size of DELL (when for the past 20 years, that was not the case).

On the surface, it looks like the return of the IT-Dept. glory days, with a locked-down, un-(user-)modifiable terminal on every desk, connecting to rigidly managed and centrally controlled software instances - i.e., the mainframe and satellites model , but more scalable. Or, if you will, the kiosk model.

But of course, we _talk_ about that every few months, but most of us still run SW locally or use a general-purpose PC (laptop?) to connect to SaaS (if we do), and not a company-issued one-note terminal. . . or. . . is that changing?

I don't see that such a sea-change would mean a massive change in documentation, except that install guides would go away.

Discussion? Is your company doing the terminal thing, now? Are they going to? Does your employer have any suppliers or customers that use terminals?

Or even... is somebody on the list working for DELL-Wyse and wouldn't mind saying a few words on the topic?

-k





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