The three key takeaways within the report are as follows [ROI/NVP based over a three year period]:
The report detailed that the interviewed businesses reported a reduction in the number of times they experienced downtime compared to other systems used in the past. Technical support costs were therefore reduced while productivity was up which impacted their return on investment.
The ROI was calculated as a project’s expected return in percentage terms by dividing net benefits (benefits less costs) by costs.
The positive effect of the reductions in costs and downtime had ramifications over the three year period with calculated net present value.
The present or current value of (discounted) future net cash flows given an interest rate (the discount rate). A positive project NPV normally indicates that the investment should be made, unless other projects have higher NPVs.
In summary, the Total Economic Impact [a methodology developed by Forrester Research] of adopting the IBM i platform as the primary enterprise solution for business was sound. Indeed, the three year figures suggested that (against the previous enterprise incumbents) IBM i provided the perfect blend of technology, security, uptime and productivity.
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