The evolution of a distributed processing network Academic Article uri icon


  • Current trends in information systems technology increase the advantages of developing an increasingly complex distributed processing capacity. Distributed processing networks (DPNs) are expected to evolve gradually from centralized systems into more complex configurations. The introduction of major changes in organizational Structure, such as those precipitated by mergers or acquisitions, also require rapid changes to the DPN. This paper describes four distributed processing configurations. It then presents a case: the evolution of the DPN in a large corporate bank and holding company. This case illustrates configuration changes over the life cycle of the DPN of the bank and provides insight into the process of planning for DPN change. A tendency to return toward centralization is noted in this case; this may cause practitioners to rethink their own DPN growth plans. 1984.

published proceedings

  • Information & Management

author list (cited authors)

  • Franz, L., Sen, A., & Rakes, T.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Franz, Lori||Sen, Arun||Rakes, Terry

publication date

  • October 1984