Software Configuration Management Tools: Comparative TCO Calculator

Author(s): Fen Yik

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Open-source software configuration management (SCM) solutions are becoming increasingly robust, to the point where they are often comparable to commercial SCM tools. This Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) comparison tool will help decision makers pinpoint key cost differences between the two licensing options.

The tool includes the following components:

  • Cost categories overview. An explanation of the major cost categories that should be included in the TCO analysis.
  • Sample TCO information. A TCO chart describing a hypothetical SCM implementation, based on case studies and industry estimates.
  • TCO calculator. A spreadsheet that dynamically calculates total cost per category, total cost per year, and overall TCO for open-source and commercial off-the-shelf SCM solutions.
  • TCO comparison graph. A chart comparing the two TCOs over a five-year period.

Employ this TCO tool to find the real cost differential between open-source and commercial options.

This tool is part of Info-Tech's software configuration management series, which also includes the following notes:

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