1. Standardize the WorkstationsAn overly diverse IT infrastructure limits the possibilities of it functioning as a network, multiplies the amount of equipment, and generates much more work for the IT expert who has to manage the fleet of machines. All these reasons justify the standardization of the management and the fleet itself. Wherever possible, a dealership should:
- Opt for uniform equipment when it outfits itself with a full fleet, invests in additional equipment, or replaces an obsolete or out-of-service machine
- Install the same operating system and the same software on all machines.
2. Implement client/server architectureIt’s possible for a dealership with overly diverse equipment to streamline the management of its fleet without having to replace their hardware. It can do this by adopting client/server architecture: when their dealership operates as a network, all the machines just need to be connected to the network. This eliminates:
- Compatibility issues
- The need to apply operating system and software updates on each workstation, since these are carried out directly on the server