Explain what it is (definition) and its’ benefits or advantages over another type of technology


Determine the subject area for your research. You are able to choose from a wide variety of different types of technology.  Once you decide, you must present your recommendation to the instructor for approval.  You should consider an area of technology that can be compared and contrasted. 

First, do some broad research on the subject. Explain what it is (definition) and its’ benefits or advantages over another type of technology.  Or, list how within its particular class it has strengths and weaknesses over another product or service.

Second, develop a list of factors that you will use to evaluate the technology. These factors should be technical and non-technical. 

Cite sources – URLs are sufficient


First , based on the criteria or rating factors you used in Phase 1 of your Research Project, decide what weight or importance each criterion should have, given your particular needs and purposes. Enter the criteria and their weights into an  Excel workbook . The only requirement is that all the criteria weights must add up to 100%, and the weights should reflect the importance or ranking criteria you are assigning to each specific criterion.

Report Produced by: put your name here 
Criteria 1 
Criteria 2 
Criteria 3 
Criteria 4 
Criteria 5 
Criteria 6 
Criteria 7 
Criteria 8 
Overall Ratings100%


First , using the criteria or rating factors you used in Phases 1 and 2 of your Research Project, collect specific information on related technologies.  Visit several different web sites where you can gather specific information about each of your choices. 

For example, if you were researching digital cameras, and deciding on the criteria listed in column 1 then your data might resemble –

CriteriaWeight Canon EOS Rebel T3i Canon EOS 5D Mark iii Nikon D3S 
Sensor15% 18.0mp CMOS 22.3 megapizel CMOS 12.1mp FX-format CMOS 
Cost10% $599.00  $  3,399.00  $  6,499.99 
LCD Monitor9% 3.2 inch 3.0 inch 3.0 inch 
Pixel15% 18 megapixels22.3 megapixels12.1 megapixels
User Interface11% User friendly Slightly difficult User friendly 
ISO Range15% 100- 6400 200-12800 100-25600 
Weight10% 1.1 pounds1.9 pounds 2.7 pounds 
Video Capability15% 25 fps 30 fps 24 fps 

 Cite sources – URLs are sufficient


In an Excel Worksheet, evaluate the technologies based upon the specifications used in the criteria.  You will create a weighted total matrix.  A sample is provided here if you were researching digital cameras:

   Canon EOS Rebel T3i Canon EOS 5D Mark iii Nikon D3S
CriteriaWeight RateWeighed total  RateWeighed total  RateWeighed total
Sensor15% 81.2  101.5  71.05
Cost10% 90.9  70.7  30.3
LCD Monitor9% 100.9  60.54  60.54
Pixel15% 81.2  101.5  60.9
User Interface11% 50.55  90.99  50.55
ISO Range15% 71.05  81.2  101.5
Weight10% 80.8  60.6  30.3
Video Capability15% 71.05  101.5  60.9
Total100%  7.65   8.53   6.04

 In a Word document (minimum 1500 words), present detailed explanations for technology(ies) you chose to research and a detailed evaluation of which product/service was best and why. The ratings you assigned each technology should reflect your final decision. For example, I would not expect you to choose the technology with the lowest rating!  In the “Final Phase” you should discuss the choice you selected, the rating criteria selected and the rational for the ranking of the selected technology. Much of the material should already be in your document. You are presenting your final decision here and explaining all of the background for arriving at that decision. At the end of your project, include a Bibliography.

Phase 4 requires to submit a Word Document with Bibliography and an Excel Worksheet

Cite sources

Grading Rubric: – You only have to submit phase IV.

– Paper (phase 4) – 70%

APA format – 10%

Content – 60%

– Excel Matrix – 20%

– Presentation – 10%

Ideas for Research Paper:

       Comparison of state of the art processors

       Comparison of cloud computing technologies

       Comparison on content management systems

       Comparison on learning management systems

       Comparison of operating systems

       Comparison of network operating systems

       Comparison of virtual machines       

       Comparison of open source to commercial software