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Accounting Information Systems

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Ulric J. Gelinas + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337552127

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Accounting Information Systems

11th Edition
Ulric J. Gelinas + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337552127
Textbook Problem

Compare and contrast the efficiency and effectiveness of an in-house data center, an arrangement with an outsourcing vendor to own and operate a data center for you, a service bureau, an application service provider (ASP), business process outsourcing (BPO), and software as a service (SaaS).

Summary Introduction

To compare and contrast: The efficiency and effectiveness of in-house data and an outsourced data center for the given activities.

Introduction:

Acquiring and implementing accounting information systems:

It describes the acquisition of a system and its phases of development and the steps involved in it. It explains the difference between purchased and in-built systems. It explains the importance of the presence of an accountant in these systems.

Explanation

Efficiency and effectiveness of in-house data and an outsourced data center for the given activities:

A data center on which an organization will have relatively more control will be effective to meet the different needs of the organization. For instance, a decentralized data center can only meet the needs of the higher officials whereas a centralized data center would meet the needs of all employees in an organization.

A service bureau will be efficient for a centralized data center because of its ability to dispense the costs required for specific hardware and software.

An outsourced data center will have some benefits in the form of economies of scale like the service bureau. The presence of skilled individuals to handle the database will incur high prices. These prices are factored into the prices acquired from the clients...

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