Vendor Selection Tool: Doing the Heavy Lifting in Your Thin Client Provider Process

John Storts
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The phrase "thin client" (also known as a "slim" or "lean" client) refers to a computer or program that relies on another server computer for carrying out information processing and other tasks. The advantage of this approach, as opposed to full-featured "fat clients," is that computing services can be shared across several user interfaces, thereby allowing a reduced total cost of ownership.


If your company plans to evaluate a thin client vendor and would like to narrow the available choices down to the most appropriate solutions for your needs, download Info-Tech Research Group's Thin Client Vendor Shortlist Tool. Based on Info-Tech's market evaluation of eight leading thin client solutions, this Excel-based worksheet helps you profile your thin client needs and create a rank-ordered shortlist from a fixed list of providers.


The worksheet includes:

  • Variable prioritization factors for both product and vendor suitability
  • Weightings to adjust the contribution of various suitability factors to overall vendor ranking
  • A self-sorted ranking list of storage vendors based on user input


Institute a computer infrastructure "weight loss" program by putting Info-Tech's selection tool to work and shedding those unsightly, unnecessary "fat clients."

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