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Java decision factors
Listed below are some typical decision criteria for evaluating the business value of using Java for strategic, Web-enabled applications.
By Jack Keen

May 1998

This list is not intended to be comprehensive, nor exhaustive. Rather its purpose is to provide ideas for further exploration. Actual decision criteria are highly dependent upon the goals, management vision, and culture of the organization considering the use of Java.

Examples of direct cost reduction factors:
Reduce software development costs
Reduce application maintenance costs
Reduce software portability costs
Examples of benefits by interest area:
Senior management interests
Increase market share
Improve earnings per share
Reduce costs
Operations interests:
Reduce time to market
Increase number of innovative new products
Increase number of market segments served
Improve customer support via expanded
network-based customer services
Information systems interests:
Reduce development time
Shorten development cycle
Easier software customization for different platforms
Ease of software modification over time
Scope and ease of portability
Opportunity for software reuse
Availability of third party add-ons
Improve programmer morale
Examples of risk factors:
Limits on scalability
Immaturity of development tools
Degradation of application performance
Scarcity of people trained in Java
Fragmented evolution among
different vendors

Source: The Deciding Factor

For further information about evaluating the business value of Java, please contact Jack Keen, founder and president of the The Deciding Factor, a Basking Ridge, N.J.-based international consulting firm specializing in tools, best practices, and workshops for building better business cases faster.

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This article was originally published on May 1, 1998

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