Decision evaluation support system for microcomputers

This thesis includes an interactive system for defining and evaluating microcomputer hardware and software specifications against a set of alternative candidates. The Decision Evaluation Support System (DESS) provides a facility for users to automate part of the decision making process for acquiring hardware and software. DESS includes a sample database of specifications and attributes to aid in the evaluation of hardware and software used for local area networks. This provides a ready example to guide new users of the system. The system has been designed as a decision support tool for acquiring microcomputer hardware and software but is applicable to a wide range of generic issues. The system serves as a model or prototype for a more ambitious system. The thesis includes appropriate research, a working system implemented on an IBM Personal Computer and related documentation.