Magazine article American Banker

Citicorp Picks Microsoft's Windows NT as Standard for PC Networks

Magazine article American Banker

Citicorp Picks Microsoft's Windows NT as Standard for PC Networks

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Seeking to standardize its approach to client/server computing, Citicorp has selected Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT operating system to help manage traffic over many of its expanding personal computer networks, officials at the two companies said last week.

Citicorp officials said the selection of Windows NT as a "strategic systems platform" was part of the bank's ongoing technological standardization process, aimed at keeping a lid on costs as well as providing a more seamless operation throughout its global organization.

The endorsement by $250 billion-asset Citicorp also comes at a crucial time. U.S. banks are poised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 12 months on the installation of systems based on the emerging client/server processing scheme.

Client/server systems are tightly linked networks of personal computers that share information and applications, thus reducing or eliminating the reliance on mainframes.

With all the money at stake, it's not surprising that the competition between vendors of client/server operating systems has gotten fierce. The combatants, in addition to Microsoft, include International Business Machines Corp., with its OS/2 operating system, and Novell Inc., which licenses the Unix operating system to a number of hardware vendors.

"We determined that Windows NT provides the flexibility and ease of use, together with mission-critical capabilities, necessary to run in a transaction oriented environment," said Colin Crook, Citicorp's chief technology officer. …

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