Systems cost to test market products/services per projects that exits or completes the test market products/services phase

This measure calculates systems cost to test market products/services—where prototypes are used to assess the market potential for new or revised product/service development—per project that exits or completes the test market products/services phase. The results of the test market phase help a company finalize product/service characteristics and technical requirements. Systems costs include a variety of specific costs related to computer hardware/software, network maintenance, data storage, etc., and all fees paid to full-time, part-time, or temporary employees or independent contractors hired to perform these services. This measure is part of a set of Cost Effectiveness measures that help companies understand all cost expenditures related to the process "test market for new or revised products and services."

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Measure Category:
Cost Effectiveness
Measure Id:
103372
Total Sample Size:
7 All Companies
Performers:
25th
Median
75th
Key Performance
Indicator:
Yes

Compute this Measure

Units for this measure are dollars.

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Systems cost for the phase 'test market for new or revised products and services' / Number of projects that exit or complete the test market products/services phase

Key Terms

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Systems Cost

Systems costs include all expenses, paid or incurred, in conjunction with:

Computer hardware or computer software acquired by the organization or provided to the organization through service contracts.

Any related costs to process, service and maintain computer hardware or computer software. The costs of providing and maintaining services for each applicable process (e.g., computer system(s) processing (CPU) time, network/system communication charges, maintenance costs for applications and data storage). This includes the costs related to LANs, WANs, etc. This does not include one-time costs for major new systems developments/replacements. Consultant fees should not be included in depreciation of new system implementations. Include only those costs that occur more than six (6) months after implementation, as normal system maintenance costs. Any systems cost (e.g., maintenance) which is outsourced to a third party supplier should be captured in the separate cost category labeled outsourced cost.

Systems cost should include all salaries, overtime, employee benefits, bonuses or fees paid to full-time, part-time or temporary employees or independent contractors who perform services relating to computer hardware, computer software, processing or systems support.

Cost Effectiveness

Cost effectiveness measures are those in which two related variables, one of which is the cost and one of which is the related outcome related to the expenditure are used to determine a particular metric value.

Median

The metric value which represents the 50th percentile of a peer group. This could also be communicated as the metric value where half of the peer group sample shows lower performance than the expressed metric value or half of the peer group sample shows higher performance than the expressed metric value.

Measure Scope

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Cross Industry (6.1.1)

  • 2.2.2.1 - Prepare detailed market study (10093) - Composing a detailed study of the market ecosystem in light of new products/services. Conduct a detailed analysis of the targeted market(s) in order to Introduce new products/services [10077]. Examine the competition, market size and growth rate, market trends, customer segments and their characteristics, market influencers, distribution channels, and profitability. Enlist in-house marketing and/or solutioning teams, or outsource to specialized professional services agencies.
  • 2.2.2.2 - Conduct customer tests and interviews (10094) - Conducting both qualitative and quantitative studies to determine the fit between the newly developed products/services and the customers. Conduct external tests of the new product/service, and then refine them to maximize the customer uptake. Gather feedback from prospective customers and targeted populations by conducting surveys, focus groups, interviews, and detailed studies. Enlist professional services such as public relations or market research organizations.
  • 2.2.2.3 - Finalize product/service characteristics and business cases (10095) - Finalizing the characteristics of new products/services by appropriately weighing feedback from prospective customers against a cost-benefit analysis in order to produce a profitable business proposition. Refine the attributes of the newly developed products/services, in light of the feedback and insights collected during Conduct customer tests and interviews [10094]. Revisit the high-level business case to justify the resources assigned to the product/service project against the anticipated benefits.
  • 2.2.2.4 - Finalize technical requirements (10096) - Reassessing the technical requirements in light of the final product/service attributes. Revisit the technical assessment to revalidate the organization's capacity for progressing with new product/service projects, in light of the revised product/service characteristics.
  • 2.2.2.5 - Identify requirements for changes to manufacturing/delivery processes (10097) - Identifying any changes that need to be effectuated in the organization's internal processes for manufacturing, and delivering the newly developed products/services. Determine if any changes need to be made to the production and distribution processes, in light of the new products/services. Begin production process planning. Prepare for factory layout planning. Generate shop-floor instructions and changes to the supply chain.