Application Resource Calculation Tool
Original Publication Date: 2008-Jan-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Jan-24
Michael Wilkins: INVENTOR [+3]
A solution to consistently and adequately identify resource needs is described herein that uses a resource calculation tool to correctly and explicitly identify future resource needs for a group based on current analysis of a program. This resource calculation tool serves as a source for a user to input information such as the desired number of mailboxes on a server or the hours needed for implementation of a particular program to calculate the overall resource needs of a deployed or future program.
As a business’s needs increase and complexity of projects increase, so does the need to obtain consistent predictions on future needed resources. For example, many companies allocate resources such as hiring additional employees, additional IT services, or purchasing servers based on an already implemented project at a current point in time. Resources may also be allocated based on a manager’s discretion or subjective point of view. Although this may seem reasonable, there is rarely solid and quantifiable data to back the activities of implementing the project. Resources are then assigned accordingly to areas or projects that are not efficient, i.e., not as busy with a project and thus money and time are wasted. Additionally, this also causes uneven distribution of resources among groups or departments within a business. For instance, one group might need additional resources at a particular time; however, resources may not be distributed until the group has already failed a project or overcome a dilemma in a project, thus providing the resources too late. Thus resource distribution is allocated after the time of need from the group when perhaps another group might need that particular resource creating uneven distribution of needed resources. Furthermore, since there is no time-tracking activity of a new resource the problem of inconsistency among distribution of resources increases. These current systems also do not account for any type of future issues; it deals with only current issues within a group. For example, there might be a future issue with a server not being large enough to accept all electronic mailbox storage. Thus, existing solutions to this resource issue are ineffective and inconsistent.
A calculation tool to determine future resource needs and quantifies these future needs in scalable units is disclosed herein. The resource needs may include information on operational tasks such as the number of users needed per server or the number of hours needed per customer for a specific task. This resource calculation tool uses input from a user or developer to further calculate and display the output needs based on possible issues or needs with implementation of a particular project or product. The resource calculation tool offers a business the ability to predict resource needs and graphically display the output information in appropriate scaling units. For instance, appropriate scaling units may include the number of users per server, the number of users for a given software program, or the number of hours required for an operation task. These are considered appropriate scaling units since they can be readily interpreted as quantifiable units.