BAA goes thin client

UK airports authority BAA is to spend £26m over the next three years to create a server-based IT platform, in an attempt to...

UK airports authority BAA is to spend £26m over the next three years to create a server-based IT platform, in an attempt to improve security, cut maintenance costs and reduce dependencies on certain software products.

The move, which will see BAA's 9,000 staff accessing all their software via web browsers on thin clients, will allow flexible working and cut costs by enabling software rationalisation and reducing upgrade costs, BAA said

Moving to portal-based document storage will improve information exchange and co-ordination, as search criteria will be tailored to individual needs, the company said.

BAA signed a five-year, £45m desktop outsourcing contract with Computacenter last March. Citrix software is being used as middleware.

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