Purchasing a Small Computer System with the Aid of a Specification Document

by George W. Lackowitz, Lackowitz Engineering, Yorktown, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


Organizations can purchase equipment that meets their needs through the use of a performance specification document. Rather than specifying the 'nuts and bolts' of a computer system, a performance document identifies: the tasks the system will be required to perform; how the system will 'interface' with the user; the response time of the computer for standard tasks under a variety of conditions; the support, training and equipment maintenance to be supplied by the vendor. This paper discusses the attributes of a specification document and presents case histories of the purchase of computer equipment with and without the use of such a document.

Subject Headings: Equipment and machinery | Computer aided operations | Case studies | Computer software | Business organizations | Bolts | Training | Maintenance

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