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Downsizing: An excuse to get rid of your highly paid senior employees and put in a workforce of "temps."

-Upside Magazine, Foster City, CA

Chainsaw Consultant: An outside expert brought in to reduce the employee headcount, leaving the top brass with clean hands.

-Source unknown

In the computer environment, downsizing has been associated with the process of replacing minicomputers and mainframes with LAN-based servers and workstations, typically associated with a move to UNIX boxes or powerful superservers, and a shift to client/server computing.

Many organizations have too much of an investment to completely move away from mainframe and minicomputer systems, or have special engineering and scientific applications that require their use, or find it is cost prohibitive to redesign for network systems.

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