Information Technology homework

The assignment for SLP 2 incorporates Initial Purchase Costs (A part of Life Cycle Costs) decision making and hardware selection. The SLP requires that you prepare a comparison report with three hardware vendors to determine which option is more economical. Your task is to obtain pricing information for purchasing 10 desktops for a brand new unit in your division. You will get prices for these units from at least three reputable PC suppliers on the Internet. Note that the PC, Monitor, and Printer Vendors do not have to be from the same companies as some computer manufacturers do not make printers.

The specifications for the basic desktop configuration are listed below.  You need to investigate the basic unit price for each and recommend an upgrade for each feature, calculating the new price.  Your division will also need to install MS Office software and gmail accounts for email.  This is in addition to free software such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Adobe Reader. Prepare the cost table identifying the three vendor options and providing the unit cost from each supplier.  Use the following table to evaluate hardware options.  Write an additional 1-page report explaining your choice and decision justification for the selection. 

Desktop and Printer Specifications

Each desktop system must satisfy the minimum specifications shown in the following table, although the actual specifications may be greater. MS office will require individual licenses.  

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Minimum Desktop Specifications

Processor speed 3 GHz

Hard drive 500 GB



Monitor (diagonal measurement) 18 inches

Each desktop printer must satisfy the minimum specifications shown in the following.

Minimum Monochrome Printer Specifications

Print speed (black and white) 20 pages per minute

Print resolution 600 × 600

Network ready? Yes

Maximum price/unit $700

Hardware List

Vendor 1/Unit cost

Vendor 2/Unit cost

Vendor 3/Unit cost













MS Office Suite


Total cost


SLP Assignment Expectations

Your paper will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Complete the decision analysis in a Word table. The accompanying explanation must be written in 2-3pages and be double spaced. Include a cover page with the assignment and two outside references.

The essay will be graded on these requirements

  • Precision: the question asked is answered.
  • Clarity: Your answer is clear and shows your good understanding of the topic.
  • Breadth and Depth: The scope covered in your answer is directly related to the questions of the assignment and the learning objectives of the module.
  • Critical thinking: Incorporate your reactions, examples, and applications of the material to business that illustrate your reflective judgment and good understanding of the concepts.
  • Your short essay is well written and the references are properly cited and listed.