To the uninitiated, client-server technology's claims of "faster, better, cheaper" are as enticing as they are misleading. The benefits of switching to a client-server computing platform can be enormous. However, those who've been there, and have successfully navigated the waters of distributed processing, offer words of caution: Resist a "technocentric" view: Client-server computing is not a panacea to all problems. If anything, retailers say, it opens doors to entirely new challenges ...

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