The power of the Internet, and the computing power required to do business on it, is spurring Prudential Securities to upgrade 11,000 computers to 266 Mhz Pentiums, adopt NT servers and rewrite its BOSS 2000 branch office support system for the Internet.

"We're trying to get a common base so that the financial advisor, whether he's working at home or working on his laptop or working in the branch, will have a common browser interface to all of the applications that we provide him," says William H. Anderson, CIO of Prudential Securities.

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