Cost-Benifit Analysis Virtual DBAVirtual DBA

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Cost-Benefit Analysis

The table below shows some sample costs for a mid-sized college. The exact numbers will depend upon the size of the institution, special requirements and amount of effort supplied locally versus purchased.

  Internet Student System Existing Legacy System Other Vendors Your System
Software $50,000-$100,000 Paid For $500,000-$2,000,000  
Database Licenses $50,000-$100,000 Paid For $50,000-$200,000  
Hardware $50,000-$100,000 Paid For $50,000-$1,000,000  
Staff Support 2 persons @ $50,000 5-10 persons @$50,000 2-10 persons @$50,000  
Transition Costs $25,000-$100,000 NA $100,000-$1,000,000  
Yearly Support $10,000-$20,000 $200,000-$500,000 $100,000-$500,000  
Two Year Totals Low Range $395,000 $700,000 $1,000,000  
Two Year Totals High Range $620,000 $1,000,000 $6,200,000  
Amortization Time One Year NA Never  
Future Annual Savings $200,000-$500,000 -0- -0-  

Because of the dramatic decrease in the cost of software and hardware it is possible to recover the expenses of a new system in one year! Savings will continue to mount up in subsequent years. The money saved can be reallocated to other areas rather than being absorbed in maintaining an expensive, inefficient legacy system.

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