Accounting 504 - Spring 2002

Professor Robert P. Crum

Self-Demonstration Exercise for Janet Jonson

February 19, 2002


Find the technical (engineering) specifications for the DIMM Socket on a computer motherboard.


Part 1:

Methods used.

Using Microsoft's Internet explorer, I did a search for "motherboard components" using Google Search Engine. This search provided me with websites that contained information on motherboard components. I started to review the websites to see if any of them supplied me engineering specifications on the DIMM socket (memory slots) located on the motherboard. The first website I went to, Introducing the Motherboard - a guided tour, contained information on memory but did not give me any engineering specs for the socket.

I went back to my search results and went to motherboard - This website provided definitions of the motherboard components but did not give specific technical information about any components on the motherboard.

The next website I selected from my initial search, SE440BX-2 Motherboard Connectors, was where I found the DIMM socket engineering specifications. At first I was not going to review this site because of the length of time it took for it to load on the screen. Once the screen loaded, I had to go to different pages on the website. I went to product documentation but this did not have specific information about the motherboard components. Next I did a search on the website for "DIMM Socket". This did not lead me to any DIMM socket engineering specifications. I also looked under support on this website but no success. These pages also took a long time to load.

I went back to the SE440BX website and selected Overview of the SE440BX-2 Motherboard. From this page I selected SDRAM specifications site. And from the SDRAM specifications site, under the PC SDRAM area I selected spec ifications site. This took me to the PC SDRAM Specifications page. From here I selected PC SDRAM Specification. Finally, I was on the page where I could download a pdf file that provided the DIMM Socket engineering specifications.

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Part 2:

Results for engineering specifications for DIMM Socket.

My results were a pdf file. You can download the pdf file by clicking here and selecting U.S. FTP Server. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you must download it to be able to view the pdf file. Download Acrobat Reader.

Here is a list of the websites used to locate the DIMM Socket Engineering Specifications:

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Part 3:

Commercial analogs and how the task would have been accomplished 5 to 10 years ago.

Savings and profit capabilities.

Advantages, competition, winners and losers.

Today, some people build computers instead of buying a computer that has been manufactured by a company like Dell or Gateway. The manufacturers of the individual components that are needed to build a computer can make some money by selling the components separately. Individuals can then buy the computer components and put them together to make a computer. Therefore, there is a need to know the engineering specifications for these components. Instead of sending out the complete set of engineering specifications, manufacturers will provide a website for them to download the engineering specifications.

Companies can save costs because they do not have to pay for printed materials. With technology changing so quickly, the components are changing and this could become very time consuming and expensive to maintain component documentation. By providing the documentation on the internet, companies need only update the electronic version which saves time and money.

Five to ten years ago, some people where building there own computers but it was mostly the people working with electronics. The internet was still growing and companies were scrambling to get websites established. Companies were still figuring out the use of the internet and consumers were still learning how to use it as well. More than likely, if engineering specifications were needed, you would have to contact the company and ask them to send a hard copy by mail. The company incurred printing costs, technical support costs and the consumer costs would have been time.

Manufacturers of computer components can sustain some advantage by providing product information over the internet mostly in reduced printing and technical support costs. Consumer satisfaction would also be an advantage for companies. The only disadvantage is that other competitors will have information about your motherboard design. This maybe an issue but not as much today as five to ten years ago.

Likely winners are both companies and consumers. Likely losers are those who do not supply technical information about their products on the internet.

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Part 4:

Longer-term effects of methods on commerce and information.

Planning-, execution-, and scoring- accounting changes.

The long term effects are product literature will not have to be provided in hardcopy to consumers. A website address will be provided by companies where consumers can go to to download the information. This is only good if the majority of the consumers have internet access. For my particular product, more than likely the customer will have the internet connections required.

Other products may not be as conducive to this kind of distribution of product literature. Companies will have to make a decision based on the costs that can be saved without losing customers. Companies can also make a decision based on how relevant the product literature is to the consumers proper use of the product. If a consumer uses the product in the wrong way and views the product as not being good, the company may have to spend more money to re-gain the customer's confidence in the product. There are many scenarios that must be studied before changing the transmission of information to consumers.

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Part 5:

Changes in cost and nature of doing business for provider of information.

In the past, companies would spend a lot of money to communicate with consumers about their products. They would use printed material, technical support personnel, mailing services and physical interaction with the consumer. The internet has reduced printed paper dramatically for most if not all companies who have websites. The technical support personnel can communicate with consumers via email from any location in the world. This has reduced the need to have 7x24 customer service, publications and mailings. Today when you purchase a product if you need to register the product you can do it on-line instead of feeling out a paper form and mailing it back to the company. This also would reduce the amount of data entry that is necessary on the companies end.

Overall, some of the traditional accounting procedures can be reduced but new types of costs will arise. Other costs would be the cost of the computer information system, network infrastructure and a means to track computer traffic now that there is not a paper trail. To supply the engineering specifications for a product, the internet is a great way to do it and reduction of some traditional costs will be decreased.

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