Having been in operation for a year, Munyiri told the Business Daily that the stockbroking firm has been able to cut down on expenditure by 60 per cent by having a shared PCs.
However, a major setback to the users is work interruption. Since several employees share the resource, if the machine goes down, all the users are affected. It may not be as dynamic for the users as they are not able to manage their own machine.
Some users also complain that there is infringement on their privacy as other people are able to view their documents. However, this should not be case, according to George Njoroge, managing director East Africa Data Handlers, which supplies Windows PC Station, networking devices that use Windows over Internet Protocol to connect a host PC to serve 10 station users independently.
"If every user has their own configured and independent profile, privacy is assured since the user can only access the network through their password," he said.
The local supplier added that many users share the resources of the host computer, such as CPU, memory, hard disk, driver and each user can simultaneously share the resources of the host independently and securely.
The operation is the same with that of host. The PC sharing concept can widely apply in an office with a large workforce, hospitals, call centres, training centre, as well as libraries. The Windows PC Station can incorporate as many as 32 users.
"Think of the cost of 32 computers? If you were to buy each of the 32 computers at price x, think of the number of installations you have to install to have to configure the 32 computers, not counting antivirus protection and other technical support issues. Now that is the cost that you cut down," explained Njoroge.
Another company that has recently implemented the concept is Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers. Explaining how the concept works, Ronald Simiyu, the IT manager said that one PC with 10 terminals attached on the network is used to serve 10 employees.
The company has saved on cost of hardware by up to 40 per cent, instead of purchasing the 10 PCs, one machine can do. The PC multi user also shares the terminal with USB port and Touch screen port. Also the companies using this central PC system save on licensing costs as only one licence is required.
"We have been able to save up to 80 per cent on the software since we do not need 10 licences for the 10 machines we used before switching to the sharing concept," said Simiyu.