Recommended Procedure for Computer Selection

by J. Crozier Brown, (M.ASCE), Geological Systems Programmer; Geological Science Research Group, Atlantic Richfield Company, Dallas, Tex.; formerly, Mgr. of Computer Applications, URS/Forrest and Cotton, Inc., Dallas, Tex.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 2, Pg. 319-326


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Selection of a computer for an engineeriing environment can be a terrifying and frustrating experience for the individual who is unfamiliar with the computer and just exactly what it can do. The situation is complicated by the vast number of alternatives available to the prospective buyer of computer equipment. The frustration and fear can be alleviated and dealt with by designing a procedure that is sound and that will prevent the neophyte from making any serious mistakes if that procedure is adhered to carefully. This paper deals with the problems that will be encountered once the decision to obtain some type of computing machinery has been made. From the starting point of deciding to obtain some type of computer equipment a general procedure will be outlined for the selection process which includes all important factors to be considered through the point in time at which the prospective buyer says to vendor X, I have decided in favor of your equipment. This paper should provide a roadmap through the selection process for the inexperienced computer user.

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