Even Small Companies benefit from Thin Clients

British University study finds firms with as few as six employees should consider a switch

I ran across an article posted on a website “PC Advisor” (www.pcadvisor.co.uk) that made this claim based on a study done by the British management school Lancaster University.  They found that businesses with as few as six employees could experience savings of up to 50 percent simply by switching to Thin Client technology.

The study focused in office environments where they saw savings of up to 71 percent in maintenance costs.  With manufacturing customers downtime is much more costly – and industrial users can expect to easily match those savings, reaching payback on their initial investment usually in a matter of months.

The reason this study is significant for commercial deployments is that Thin Clients have traditionally been considered only for companies that will be rolling out 50 or more terminals.  Industrial users have long realized the benefits of replacing PCs on the plant floor with Thin Clients even on a small scale.  A large number of ACP’s customers who are using ThinManager with industrial Thin Clients are actually running five or fewer terminals.

Energy prices, maintenance costs and a focus on sustainability are some of the reasons that there’s a growing interest in thin client computing. IDC has recently stated that more than 1.2 million thin clients will ship in 2010, an increase of 20 percent over 2009.

Tom Jordan

Marketing Lead for ThinManager - A Rockwell Automation Technology