Information Technology FAQs

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Information Technology Billings Interpretation
One-Time Costs With Information Technology Options
Profitability of Demand Drivers

Information Technology Billings Interpretation

“Why are we being charged for Information Technology on the Corporate P&L Statement? We're not currently using any information technology options.”

As described in the LINKS participant's manual, Information Technology billings include the $1,000 per output-page charge for financial reports as well as the charges associated with any Information Technology options.

Page count is only known after the Word doc output file is generated, which occurs after the current-rount financials are calculated. So, Information Technology costs for the current round are reported on the following round's financial reports.

revised 10/23/2017
listed under "Financial and Operating Reports"
listed under "Information Technology"

One-Time Costs With Information Technology Options

“Some information technology options have initial one-time (setup) costs that occur when an option is first activated. If we activate such information technology options occasionally, turning them "off" in subsequent simulation rounds, and then turn them "on" in later simulation rounds, do we have to pay the one-time (setup) costs each time we turn "on" such an information technology option?”

Yes, you are correct. Such one-time (setup) costs are always charged when such an information technology option is activated for the "first time." "First time" means that the option is "on" in this simulation round but was "off" in the previous simulation round. Of course, if you continuously order such information technology options with one-time (setup) costs, only the on-going (per simulation round) costs accrue after the initial simulation round in which the information technology option is activated.

revised 04/18/2001

Profitability of Demand Drivers

“What can we do to assess the relative importance and potential profitability of all of the elements that drive our firm's demand?”
Please view the following video which provides advice for your LINKS team about assessing the profitability of the wide range of potential demand drivers that might affect your LINKS business.

revised 05/04/2018
listed under “Advice”
listed under “Financial and Operating Reports”
listed under “Generate Demand”
listed under “Information Technology”
listed under ”Marketing”
listed under "Service"

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