In 2012, the Uptime Institute surveyed global data center owners, and learned that 85% utilized colocation or hosting, yet 54% had no confidence in their ability to compare outsourcing alternatives. This lack of confidence is detrimental to both the enterprise IT users and the providers of outsourcing alternatives, as it calls into question the basis and viability of the commitments between the two parties. To address this issue, the Institute presents an original system to capture, compare, and prioritize the various impacts to the many IT deployment alternatives. FORCSS creates a language for effective communication; provides a basis for describing, comparing, and selecting alternatives; overcomes blind spots; and yields necessary and sufficient analysis to support executive decisions.  

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