Research Methodology

Quark + Lepton research methodology is grounded in a recognition that in a world of highly diverse and rapidly evolving technology, one size does not fit all. Quark + Lepton utilizes a variety of proven techniques that allow us to apply the appropriate analysis tools for each unique project

Total Cost of Ownership

Total Cost of Ownership provides a cost basis for determining the economic value of an IT investment. Quark + Lepton methodology utilizes a highly granular, business-driven approach to project life-cycle costs of planned investments. Customizable models address acquisition, maintenance and support, personnel, professional services, facilities and other costs as required.

Costs of Downtime

Costs of Downtime vary greatly from one organization to the next. Quark + Lepton approach draws upon actual user experiences to determine probable downtime for use of specific solutions. A variety of industry and organization-specific business metrics may then be customized to project costs of downtime, including the effects of planned as well as unplanned outages over time.

Comparative Development Productivity

Comparative Development Productivity methodology allows comparisons of time and cost for use of different tools and techniques for major development projects. Clients gain significant insight into probable project outcomes based on multiple scenarios, along with recommendations for which tools and techniques should be employed.

Time to Value

Time to Value projects quantify the bottom-line impact of time to deploy key systems. Times are compared for use of different solutions techniques based on user experiences, and industry and organization-specific metrics are employed to quantify lost opportunity costs. Quark + Lepton methodology is appropriate for analytical, e-commerce and other time-sensitive applications.

Research Coverage

Market-insights and practical guidance help our clients determine the most effective ways to respond to market changes that may impact complex IT decisions and deployments.


  • Agile Development
  • Application modernization
  • Cloud computing
  • Core banking systems
  • Enterprise cloud infrastructure
  • ERP & CRM systems
  • HA & disaster recovery
  • VMware integration


  • Blade servers
  • Integrated servers & storage
  • Mainframe economics
  • Server consolidation
  • Server virtualization solutions
  • Transactional appliances
  • UNIX & x86 servers
  • TBD


  • Analytical appliances
  • Data integration software
  • Data warehouse software
  • Distributed database architecture
  • Hadoop applications
  • Hadoop distributions
  • Operational BI
  • Real-time applications


  • Distributed file systems
  • Enterprise disk storage
  • Flash storage arrays
  • Midrange disk storage
  • Storage management software
  • Storage virtualization solutions
  • Software defined storage
  • TBD
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