Term of Award

Summer 2012

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Engineering (M.S.A.E.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Committee Chair

John R. O’Malley, Jr.

Committee Member 1

Cheryl L. Aasheim

Committee Member 2

Christopher A. Kadlec

Abstract

This thesis describes the information technology system acquisition life cycle and examines two enterprise class information technology system acquisitions, Georgia Southern University’s acquisition of a new learning management system and a discovery system at the Zach S. Henderson Library at Georgia Southern University. There are many activities that need to be addressed during the IT system acquisition life cycle to determine the appropriate IT system for an organization, such as planning, information search, evaluation of prospective systems, and vendor negotiations.

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