Advances in Web technology may mean banks can stave off desktop upgrades and still give firmwide access to data mining tools.

Direct marketer Harte-Hanks recently unveiled a Web-enabled version of its widely used personal computer information system (P/CIS) which allows institutions to use older PCs for database access applications. "The major advantage is really to protect the client's desktop investments," says Dick Wai-Cheong Man, evp of Harte-Hanks technology strategy and development.

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