Mini-Notebook Computer Selection

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Initial Cost
Brief: Using Value Methodology to determine the required functions and Choosing By
Advantages to evaluate four state of the art alternatives, we determined that this unit
offered the greatest total importance of advantages at an appropriate initial cost.
Detail:
a. Advantages of this unit were found in its operating system compatibility and weight.
b. There is a potential concern about keyboard size which is why we want to test 10 units in the field before proceeding further. The actual
difference is very small.
c. An alternative exists offering a greater total importance of advantages (Lenovo) however the cost was 3.5 times greater and could not be justified.
Author: Koga
Participants: Procurement, Project Manager Focus Group 1
Number: 0100-00001
Doc Date: 06/15/08
File: 612934412
Reviewed: Elsmann
Champion: Jim Miller, Procurement
Brief: Upon approval, 10 units will be purchased for trial usage by selected individuals
before rollout to larger group.
Detail:
a. Initial units will be distributed across various offices.
b. We will have the recipients report on their usage in 30 days.
c.
d.
e.
Approval Signatures and Date:
$2,000
$1,950
$1,900
$1,850
$1,800
$1,750
$1,700
$1,650
$1,600
$1,550
$1,500
$1,450
$1,400
$1,350
$1,300
$1,250
$1,200
$1,150
$1,100
$1,050
$950
$1,000
$900
$850
$800
$750
0
$700
151
$650
Detail:
a. The Asus weighs just over 2 lbs.
b.
c.
d.
e.
5 Action Plan
3 Benefits
Brief: This will reduce the bulk and weight carried by our traveling project managers
while retaining essential technical abilities. These units are significantly less expensive
than our standard issue unit.
500
$600
Detail:
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
Asus Eee PC900
4 Analysis
Comparing Total Importance of Advantages to Initial Cost
ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED
1. Asus Eee PC 900
2. HP Mini-Note 2133
3. Intel Classmate PC
4. Lenovo IdeaPad U110
$550
Brief: We recommend purchase of 10 Asus mini-notebook computers at an approximate
total cost of $6000.
The solution should have the characteristics below (some latitude can be tolerated):
w. Ability to read/write CD and/or DVD
x. Come in my favorite color
y. Extra long battery life
z. Very clear screen display
Other facts, assumptions and unknowns:
1. We verified the news article cites the latest technology available.
2. I assumed it will work with any projector. This will be checked.
3. The warranty is equal for all products.
4. I assumed the heat generated by each is acceptable. This will be tested.
$500
Detail:
a. We initially suspect this will affect at least 20 people.
b.
c.
d.
e.
The solution must have the characteristics below (no variance can be
tolerated):
a. Appropriately small size
b. Ergonomic features enabling quick typing and usage
c. Fast processing speed
d. High amount of storage
e. Ability to connect to my business network
f. Contain MS Office and my other software using correct OS
g. Many USB ports
$450
Brief: We are considering smaller notebook computers in our business for those
constantly traveling - if they want one.
Total Importance of Advantages
2 Proposal
1 Situation
Title: Mini-Notebook Computer Selection
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