Downsizing at American Sterilizer

Downsizing at American Sterilizer

Mark W. Doll (University of Toledo, USA) and William J. Doll (University of Toledo, USA)
Copyright: © 1990 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/joeuc.1990100102
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Abstract

A recent trend in microcomputer applications is the increased use of microcomputer networks for critical business applications. This exploratory case study focuses on American Sterilizer, one of the leading firms in the use of microcomputer networks. By migrating critical business applications from a mainframe to an enterprise-wide microcomputer network, American Sterilizer cut hardware and software costs by 70%. Productivity increased in user departments due to enhanced system response time and reliability. Users became more knowledgeable about their applications and developed an increased sense of ownership. Through an innovative approach to the management of microcomputers, these benefits were achieved without many of the risks normally associated with microcomputers.

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