This is the second of three articles on micro-mainframe links that will appear in THE SCIENTIST over the next few issues. The first appeared on October 20, 1986.

Date: December 15, 1986

You must give some thought to planning how you want to link personal computers. This does not have to be a lengthy process. In fact, the quicker you assimilate what you need to do, the better. But before you can begin to formulate ideas about how you will link, you need to have a clear understanding of the data needs and activities of your users and the applications and projected growth of your system.

An Initial Network

You can develop an initial network from the bottom up or from the top down. In the first approach, you identify specific user needs that you must address immediately, with today's linking technology. In the second, you...

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