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By Michael Krieger  |  Posted 2004-06-08 Print this article Print


Rechenzentrum der Finanzverwaltung NRW
The computing center of the finance administration of Nordrhine-Westphalia, NRW, supports the German Treasury Ministry in the execution of its tasks. The Rechenzentrum der Finanzverwaltung (RZF) offers IT services for the tax offices including the calculation of taxes, tax compensation, tax reimbursements and tax mailings.

The RZF found that thin clients could easily provide the technical capabilities needed to access business applications. Moreover, users were very happy with the speed of the new system-the thin clients access times were superior to the PCs they replaced. The pilot proved that thin clients would be viable for almost all users connected to the tax office throughout the organization.

Bernhard Hadaschik, IT Manager at Rechenzentrum der Finanzverwaltung, stated, "With the thin clients and the terminal servers we can easily administer and manage our terminal infrastructure from the center. All of the applications used are managed centrally, enabling us to avoid the need to deploy administrators to each office location." Mr. Hadaschik continued, "We would certainly make the same decisions again. We discussed all possible scenarios and concepts and implemented the best."

In addition to the 14,000 thin clients deployed, the organization has connected an additional 3,000 aging PCs to the terminal server system. In the future, if an application is capable of running in the thin client architecture, it will be offered to users in this fashion. The existing PCs will be used until they die and then will be replaced with thin clients.

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Michael has been involved in various disciplines in the information technology field for more than 25 years. His background and experience in product development, marketing and sales give him a unique perspective on how and why companies succeed in the technology marketplace. Before joining Ziff Davis Market Experts, he was a senior VP for marketing at FutureLink, a large ASP based in Southern California. He previously was VP of marketing for Hitachi Data SystemsÔÇÖ server product line, and also was a senior product manager for AST Research's server and data communications product lines.

His entrepreneurial experience includes founding Solution Business Systems, a developer of manufacturing software for IBM midrange systems. He was also VP of product development at Techland Systems, one of the industry's first creators of micro-to-mainframe emulators.

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