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Transpower is moving towards having all applications supplied to staff via the Citrix thin client model, IT&T technical architect Jonathan Shennan says.

Transpower is moving towards having all applications supplied to staff via the Citrix thin client model, IT&T technical architect Jonathan Shennan says.

"We're a very strong Citrix user; all applications except Microsoft Office and Word are now off the desktop and moving those two is the next stage."

Working through the approval process means the next stage of Citrix implementation will start "some time this month or May".

Transpower's selection of an IT security provider -- near short list stage -- is complicating the Citrix programme, he says.

"If you have more remote access, there are some implications."

Transpower is a Citrix user because thin client computing "reduces total cost of ownership".

A non-thin client PC has management costs of around $8000 a year, he says, "and with a standardised, but not completely thin client one you can halve that.

"Thin it down completely and you reduce it even further."

He describes the amounts quoted as "nominal industry figures".

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