This is the third and final article In the series on microcomputer to mainframe links. The first article was "Linking Micros to Mainframes" (The Scientist, October 20, 1986, p. 14); the second was "How to Develop Link Networks" (The Scientist, December 15, 1986, p. 14).
How do you develop an implementation plan for connecting micro-computers to mainframes? What are the important considerations? How do you select appropriate products? If you have only six personal computers in your organization, you probably don't need a formal implementation plan, but if you end up with 60 personal computers in six months, you probably do. If you have 8,000 personal computers scattered throughout multiple company divisions, only a plan can avoid utter chaos.
Developing the Plan
To develop an implementation plan you need to know your objectives. How do you want the project to turn out? What are the stages along the...