Solution for Experiencing MIS 2nd Canadian Edition Chapter 4, Problem 1

by David Kroenke, Andrew Gemino, Peter Tingling
274 Solutions 12 Chapters 32073 Studied ISBN: 9780132739870 Management Information Systems 5 (1)

Chapter 4, Problem 1 : 1. Assume that you have been asked to...

1. Assume that you have been asked to prepare a computer hardware budget. Your company has identified three classes of computer user. Class A employees use the computer for e-mail, Web browsing, Internet connectivity, and limited document writing. Class B employees use the computer for all of the activities of Class A, and they need to be able to read and create complicated documents. They also need to be able to create and process large spreadsheets and process small graphics files. Class C employees are data analysts who perform all of the tasks that Class A and Class B employees do; they also analyze data using programs that make extensive computations and produce large and complicated graphics.

a. Using the Internet, determine two appropriate alternatives for each class of employee. Search dell.com, lenovo.com, hewlett-packard.com, and any other sites you think appropriate.


Step-By-Step Solution

1.a.Since answers to this question will vary based on when the students do the search, I have provided an example configuration for class-A, class-B, and class-C users, who might be also be termed basic, average, and power users. I assume we are focusing on desktop systems and that our users have space limitations requiring flat panel displays for their work areas. Also, since each of these systems will be implemented in a business environment, all systems have built-in Ethernet cards.



Class-A Users

Class-B Users

Class-C Users


Dell Inspiron 530s

Dell Dimension 9200c

Dell XPS 720


Intel®Pentium® dual-core processor E2180 (1MB L2 Cache, 2.00GHz,)

Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6600 (4MB L2 Cache,2.4GHz)

Intel® Core™2 Q6600 Quad-Core (8MB L2 cache, 2.4GHz),


1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 2DIMMs

3GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz

3GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz

Hard drive

160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)

320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM)

320GB - Seagate 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s,

Optical disk

16X DVD+/-RW Drive

8X DVD+/-RW Drive

16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability


19 inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor

20 inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor

22 inch Widescreen Digital Flat Panel w/ Webcam






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