In a move to refresh its ageing information systems infrastructure, the Sydney office of accounting and consulting specialists KPMG Peat Marwick LLP is booting out most of its 800 Apple Macintosh computers.
800 to 900 laptop and desktop PC machines will be installed in the next few months across most divisions of the company's Sydney office except marketing.
According to officials who declined to be named, no more than 60 Macs will be retained in the office.
Officials said, at this stage, the company plans to replace the Macs with IBM Thinkpad 600 laptops and Dell GXZ desktops running Microsoft Windows 95. However, the officials said, orders had not been finalised and were subject to change.
Several factors, including a national company initiative to standardize computer systems enterprise-wide could alter the decision, officials said. However, the exact impact of this initiative on the proposal was not yet known.
Officials said the move to PCs follows industry trends and allows "KPMG not just to be seen as a (leading edge) consultant but as leading edge in technology as well."
According to the officials, most KPMG offices around the country have already migrated to PCs, but delays at the Sydney office are due to the large size of the migration and other IT implementations at the office.
In a related project, KPMG is also installing Microsoft Exchange NT server in its Melbourne, Perth and Sydney offices to replace QuickMail which is running under DOS.
According to officials, the desktop migration will not occur until the rollout of Microsoft Exchange is complete.