Accession Number : ADA183938

Title :   Cost/Benefit Analysis of Prototype Information Center.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Mar 86-Feb 87,

Corporate Author : ARMY INFORMATION SYSTEMS COMMAND FORT HUACHUCA AZ

Personal Author(s) : Dahms,Henry B

PDF Url : ADA183938

Report Date : 17 Feb 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : The Army adopted the information center (IC) concept as the channel for providing expert technical support for end-users of microcomputers. To provide recommended strategies for implementing these ICs, six prototype existing ICs were evaluated in the period March through October 1986. Each IC provided essential services for its installation although the scope of and approach to these functions varied significantly from station to station. Also, the user populations differed widely with respect to number and maturity with representative ICs from TRADOC, FORSCOM, TECOM, and AMC. This study organizes the findings from this cross section of ICs into three technical support areas: hardware/software acquisition and maintenance support, training, and operational support to the end-users. The analysis of the data obtained provides useful measurement parameters for estimating purposes and a range of implementation approaches that enable a benefits comparison.

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION CENTERS, *PROTOTYPES, ARMY PLANNING, MICROCOMPUTERS, ACQUISITION, BENEFITS, COMPARISON, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, COST ANALYSIS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, MAINTENANCE, MEASUREMENT, POPULATION, STATIONS, USER NEEDS

Subject Categories : Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE