Choosing a DSS SystemThe three key elements in choosing a DSS system are: Space, Cost, and Ease of Maintenance. A data system should optimize efficiency in all three categories while providing above par performances. Space: Space to host servers is often scarce for many businesses. How much space would the servers need becomes an important question when introducing new servers. Cost: There are 2 types of cost that are associated with setting up new servers.
- The initial CAPEX (capital expenditure) cost, like purchasing a car outright, you pay for it up front, but the asset has a useful life beyond the first year.
- OPEX (operating expenditure) costs are often underestimated, ongoing costs involved in running a business. These are like buying gas for the car.