Re: measuring the value of a network

Subject: Re: measuring the value of a network
From: Dan BRINEGAR <vr2link -at- VR2LINK -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 22:59:45 -0700

>Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 15:10:31 -0400
>Our VP recently asked us if we knew of any ways to measure (hard numbers)
>the value of our new, company-wide network.
>Before we got our network (a few months ago), we moved files around on
>tapes and floppies. We don't buy many of those anymore. I also think I
>spend less on long distance phone calls now that I have e-mail addresses
>for my customer contacts. Same with postage and FedEx charges now that I
>can attack files to e-mail messages.

What is the shop-hour cost burden of having developers wandering the halls
trying to deliver forms, memos, tapes, floppies, punched cards to other
developers who are wandering completely different halls trying to do the
same thing?

Say developers have better things to do with their time? Okay, what is the
direct cost of teenagers pushing little carts full of floppies, etc.,
around the plant?

If such costs are not accounted for in normal record-keeping at the
company, it's called a hidden burden... I don't have the formula
close-at-hand, but I understand that in such paperbound/sneakernetted
outfits, the time spent getting actual work done can be as low as %20....


Performance S u p p o r t Svcs.
Phoenix, Arizona
<mailto:vr2link -at- vr2link -dot- com>

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