Multiprocessors: The Hunt For Multiple Markets

Determined to find new applications for its large-scale computers, Tandem Computers Inc. is pushing into the so-called decision-support market. The Cupertino (Calif.) company has traditionally sold systems for high-speed, nonstop processing of financial, stock-trading, and similar transactions. Now, it's looking for customers in retail, banking, telecommunications, and transportation who need to analyze buying patterns by plowing through reams of historical sales data. Analyzing such patterns can help with the design of new products and direct-marketing campaigns.

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