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A Framework for the Lifetime Total Cost of Ownership of an Application

Published: 30 March 2010

ID: G00174275

Analyst(s): Andy Kyte


Business applications are highly persistent assets, frequently being used for 15 years or more. The cost to "go live" is only a small percentage of the lifetime total cost of ownership. Early design decisions can have a dramatic impact on the full lifetime cost.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • How to Determine Total Cost
  • Principal Components of the Lifetime TCO for Applications
    • Cost to Create
    • Cost to Operate
    • Cost to Change
  • Lifetime TCO Is a Design Decision
  • How to Use This Framework
  • Restrictions of the Framework

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