What is the role of IT infrastructure in businesses and how to have this resources oriented so its availability, performance and security is as high as possible.

Goal of the course

Students have to evaluate several IT infrastructure solutions for a small firm and calculate a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). They have to evaluate availability, performance and security of the suggested IT infrastructure.

The students

Master of Science in Business Administration (Management and IT)

Input at the start

A description of the IT needed. (IT, not IT infrastructure)

End result

A detailed description of the suggested IT infrastructure and a TCO (do not expect students to program, of set up the solution)

Example projects

Every year more than 20 firms are consulted by students. Every year approximately 1 out of 5 of them actually implement the solution given by the students.


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Worktime for students

project start in week 4 en ends at the end of the semester. (actual time spend is max 15 hours)


1st semester