Shows systems professionals how to make the most of this rapidly expanding information systems technology. Discusses the potentials and limits of client/server technology. Employs real-life examples to demonstrate how client/server technology can be used to dramatically increase user productivity. Examines the transition issues, barriers and risks in implementing large scale client/server systems as well as the complex operational aspects that can make or break'' such systems. Offers guidance on the design of large-scale client/server systems regardless of the software system being used.