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technology component computer hardware

Technology Component: Computer Hardware

Dr. V.T. Raja

Oregon State University

hardware part 1 outline
Hardware – Part 1 Outline
  • Why learn about hardware?
technology component computer hardware why learn about hardware
Technology Component: Computer HardwareWhy learn about hardware?
  • To make informed h/w purchase decisions for personal use
  • To support IS (e.g. software/data processing) needs of employees within/across functional units
  • To provide appropriate h/w related productivity tools; empower yourself and your employees
  • Head of functional unit held accountable even though their specialization may not be IT
  • To avoid having disparate systems that make communication (information flow) difficult among different functional units in organization
why learn about hardware
Why learn about hardware?
  • To facilitate information/communication needs of business partners/customers
  • To enable effective communication with IT/CS folks in your unit/firm
  • To perform hardware upgrades and basic IT troubleshooting without having to wait for IT/CS folks
  • To have the basic IT fundamentals to facilitate personal and professional success for information workers in an information era
why learn about hardware1
Why learn about hardware?
  • To gain/sustain competitive advantage
    • Shape/enhance/change strategy; Facilitate achieving strategic goals
    • Combat competitive forces
    • To use IS/IT effectively
  • Firms frequently must assess their competitive advantage in terms of their computing capability. This may be true even when your firm’s core competency is not IS/IT.
example 1
Example – 1
  • California Department of Justice (CDJ)
    • Runs several IS for law enforcement including the State’s Consolidated Firearms IS, which gun dealers use to screen and approve customers wishing to purchase guns
    • H/w Selection/Purchase Decision: (IBM)
      • Symmetric Multi Processing (SMP) versus Clustered Computing Systems
        • Clustered 16 Quad IBM NUMA-Q 2000 Systems
example 2
Example - 2
  • Mount Everest Expedition
    • To gain better understanding of climate and geology
    • H/w Selection/Purchase Decision:
      • Adaptability to varying temperatures (sub-zero to uncomfortably hot temperatures)
      • Processing and storage power to hold a week’s worth of data
      • Beam data (wireless) every week
      • Real-time remote monitoring of systems
      • Battery powered systems
      • Custom-built by MIT Researchers
example 3
Example - 3
  • Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas
    • 3000+ rooms; 9000+ employees
    • Computer systems that would serve their business/customer IS needs, at the time of their grand opening (October 1998) and beyond
    • H/w Selection/Purchase Decision: DELL
      • Xeon Processors; Thin Clients; RAID; Fiber-Channel Technology
hardware part 1 outline1
Hardware – Part 1 Outline
  • Factors that influence hardware selection
factors that influence hardware selection
Factors that influence hardware selection

Most organizations decide based on some or all criteria given below:

  • Speed
  • Capability
  • Appropriateness for current business needs
  • Scalability
  • Cost (Total Cost of Ownership)
  • Vendor Support
  • System Reliability
  • Compatibility with existing h/w, s/w