Cost per transaction

The cost per transaction is a financial measure that is typically used to compare overall operating costs among applications, database servers, or hardware platforms. You can measure the cost per transaction.

To measure the cost per transaction:

  1. Calculate all the costs associated with operating an application. These costs can include the installed price of the hardware and software; operating costs, including salaries; and other expenses. These costs can include the installed price of the hardware and software; operating costs, including salaries; and other expenses.
  2. Project the total number of transactions and queries for the effective life of an application.
  3. Divide the total cost over the total number of transactions.

Although this measure is useful for planning and evaluation, it is seldom relevant to the daily issues of achieving optimum performance.


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