ERIC Number: ED086208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Feb-20
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Methods Used in a Recent Computer Selection Study.
Botten, LeRoy H.
A study was conducted at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan to determine selection of a computer for both academic and administrative purposes. The university has a total enrollment of 2,100 students and includes a college, graduate school and seminary. An initial feasibility study delineated criteria and desirable components of the system as well as an economic analysis and software requirements. Proposal requests were submitted to vendors and a quantitative proposal rating method was designed and applied to each request. The top rated systems were given detailed analysis involving software applications, contracts and conditions, and economic stability analysis of the company and proposed product. Various methods of procurement were also analyzed. Helpful suggestions are given to those planning a selection study and weaknesses of the Andrews study are pointed out. Guidelines for user-vendor relations and contract negotiations are presented. Appendixes contain a list of needs and desires, a cost effectiveness study, criteria and specifications, the weighted rating scheme, a copy of the request for benchmark sent to the vendors, non-standard contractual arrangements and an analysis of different financing methods. (JG)
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Authoring Institution: Andrews Univ., Berrien Springs, MI. Computing Center.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan