1. Introduction

Every organisation and business needs information in order to operate. Even if they collect, collate and produce the information themselves, there is always going to be a cost - information is never free.

The four main costs involved in producing any information are:

  • hardware
  • software
  • consumables
  • manpower

We will look at each of these factors in a little more detail over the next few pages.

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