Advantages and disadvantages depend on the situation. In the event there are many users generating thousands to...
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hundreds of thousands of transactions, taking into account concurrency issues, response times and scalability, one would generally suggest a client/server system. However, if there is a small application used by one user, a non-distributed system may best suit ones needs.
Another constraining factor is staff, hardware, licensing and/or budget. The availability of these resources will have an impact on what kind of system is delivered.
To best answer this question I would need more information:
- How many users are expected to utilize the system?
- What type of solution is desired? It could be as simple as a phone book application to as complicated as a financial application.
- Is there or will there be staff on hand to deliver the solution?
- Is there staff available that has the necessary skill set to administer and maintain the system?
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