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Sample analyses

To help you use these models, we present two sample analyses using the tools described above. Although these cases are based on our experiences in the Internet Services Testbed Project and other agencies, they are entirely fictional. In our experience, there is no such thing as a "typical" situation -- each agency has its own set of unique characteristics such as opportunities for cost- sharing or shortages of personnel that make general conclusions difficult. The cost figures used in these examples are based on assumptions that may not be stated in the analysis; for example, all staff at the first agency have network-ready PC's on their desks, so little additional equipment is necessary. Depending on your situation, you may be able to share the costs of the Web service with other projects and agencies, so that your costs may vary tremendously from those described here. The analysis has been simplified; for example only first-year costs are considered. The examples are provided solely to show how the analysis might proceed using these tools. Your situation will likely be different.