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Only option B considers the cost factor.
Hence Answer should be B
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(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.
- It's already stated in the question that they last more

(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors.
- If they have low energy efficiency it would counter the maintenance cost. -- Correct

(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well.
- Irrelevant

(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities.
- Irrelevant

(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems.
- irrelevant
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United Investments’ management has decided to upgrade its mainframe computer servers to the newly developed flash-memory processors (FMPs) instead of purchasing new models of its existing technology, in order to significantly reduce its maintenance costs. FMP computers have simpler, more reliable processors, and their average operational span is substantially longer.

Which of the following would be most useful in assessing whether the bank management’s decision will reduce the company’s maintenance costs?

(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology. --> Already given that FMP computers has longer average operational span
(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors. -->correct: more energy efficiency --> less maintenance cost & vice versa
(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well. --> irrelevant: doest matter whether the manufacturer still produce computer based on old tech
(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities. --> we are talking about current discussion, so talking about future expansion is irrelevant
(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems. --> irrelevant: other banks upgradation is irrelevant

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United Investments’ management has decided to upgrade its mainframe computer servers to the newly developed flash-memory processors (FMPs) instead of purchasing new models of its existing technology, in order to significantly reduce its maintenance costs. FMP computers have simpler, more reliable processors, and their average operational span is substantially longer.

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if we break it down : ___ -> UIM decided to upgrade by FMP but not existing technology to reduce maintenance costs.
missing information : is by all means fmp maintenance cost is < existing technology.
Goal: to find any information which might increase maintenence cost of fmp
Analysis: so there might be lot of reasons for the increase in maintenance cost , so here we can go to options


(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology. ( definitely here is operation span is more then maintence cost is less, if less then maintenance cost is more than existing technology. so their purpose of saving in the maintenance cost will be lost. Evaluate question answer is both yes and no. Hence definietely a candidate, lets come back later)

(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors.
( if enegy efficiency is higher then power consumption is less or else it is more it increases the running cost, maintenance cost is nowhere in the picture. plus this cost wud be considered in the maintenance cost already before purchasing. so this is wrong)

(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well.
this option is irrelevant, no way this is related to maintenance cost

(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe serveit rs next year, in order to expand its capabilities.
( whether they buy more or not, existing problems will still exist it wont affect the existing maintenance cost)

(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems.
( this is also not relevant, maintainence cost is not related)

so coming back to A,

this option states, if operational efficiency is less, then the savings in the current maintenance cost will be overshadowed by the increase in maintenance cost later. so this is the ans
so ANS A is right answer.
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United Investments’ management has decided to upgrade its mainframe computer servers to the newly developed flash-memory processors (FMPs) instead of purchasing new models of its existing technology, in order to significantly reduce its maintenance costs. FMP computers have simpler, more reliable processors, and their average operational span is substantially longer.

Which of the following would be most useful in assessing whether the bank management’s decision will reduce the company’s maintenance costs?

(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.-Correct, as it ensures that longer operational span will reduce maintenance cost.
(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors.-out, higher energy efficiency may reduce energy cost but it's not confirm whether maintenance cost will be reduced or not.
(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well.-out, it doesn't provide information regarding maintenance cost.
(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities.-out, out of scope, no information regarding maintenance cost.
(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems.-out, other banks activity doesn't provide anything about maintenance decision.

So, the correct answer choice is (A)
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United Investments’ management has decided to upgrade its mainframe computer servers to the newly developed flash-memory processors (FMPs) instead of purchasing new models of its existing technology, in order to significantly reduce its maintenance costs. FMP computers have simpler, more reliable processors, and their average operational span is substantially longer.

Which of the following would be most useful in assessing whether the bank management’s decision will reduce the company’s maintenance costs?

(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.
(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors.
(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well.
(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities.
(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems.


Prethinking:
here United Investments management has decided to upgrade to FMP servers instead of purchasing new models of existing technology in order to save maintenance costs as the FMP are simpler, reliable and have longer operational span.
We need to evaluate whether the shift to FMP will help in saving costs.

POE:
(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.
As operational span is one of the benefits of switching to FMP as stated in the argument, if the evaluation is YES, it strengthens the argumennt and if NO then it weakens it. So it correctly evaluates the switch in terms of cost by correctly comparing with the new models of existing technology. --> Corrrect
(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors. energy efficiency has no where been stated in the argument, hence irrelevant
(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well. The passage doesnt talk about manufacturers as even if this was true, it doesnt justify moving to FMP over new models of existing technology
(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities.Irrelevant: this has no impact on argument
(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems. Irrelevant
Option A is the answer
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United Investments’ management has decided to upgrade its mainframe computer servers to the newly developed flash-memory processors (FMPs) instead of purchasing new models of its existing technology, in order to significantly reduce its maintenance costs. FMP computers have simpler, more reliable processors, and their average operational span is substantially longer.

Which of the following would be most useful in assessing whether the bank management’s decision will reduce the company’s maintenance costs?

First lets see option C, D & E

(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well.
we are not looking for old technology. Irrelevant.

(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities.
Next year? That doesnt say anything about maintenance cost. Incorrect.

(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems.
other banks? not related to maintenance cost. Incorrect.

A & B are a bit confusing. We have to answer yes and no the qs and it should weaken or strengthen the conclusion. If it has no effect then its incorrect option.

(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.
Yes: Low maintenance cost. strengthening
No: Same operational span. Given in the passage, one of the reason why new technology has low maintenance cost. So it will weaken the conclusion.

(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors.
Yes: Energy efficient. Less expense on electricity.
No: Same energy utilization. Same maintenance. Not weakening.

Answer: A

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United Investments’ management has decided to upgrade its mainframe computer servers to the newly developed flash-memory processors (FMPs) instead of purchasing new models of its existing technology, in order to significantly reduce its maintenance costs. FMP computers have simpler, more reliable processors, and their average operational span is substantially longer.

Analysis of the argument:

The stimulus talks about replacing the processors in the mainframe computer servers with FMPs. The management assumes doing so will reduce its maintenance costs. The reason given for the above assumption is that FMP computers have simpler, more reliable processors and longer average operational span.

Main point to note here is that, the evidence given is about FMP computers which use some reliable processors and have longer operational span. But the question is, does the FMP processors, which is what the management is going to use in their mainframe computers, do those processors have a longer operational span.

FMP processors are different from FMP computers using some other processors. Hence the correct answer should be A.

Which of the following would be most useful in assessing whether the bank management’s decision will reduce the company’s maintenance costs?

(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.
(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors. Energy efficiency of FMP computers is irrelavant to the argument in question
(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well. Irrelevant and out of scope
(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities. Again, buying more mainframe servers does not help to assess whether company's maintenance costs will reduce.
(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems. Irrelevant and out of scope.
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It is a strengthening question, asked that whether and what can be reason behind thinking that FMP should replace the old technology.

(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.: It is same as given in last line, so rule out as too simple, treat it as catch.
(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors. : Yes this could be, as if they will be highly efficient, so its good decision by management and will support them.
(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well. : Not a concern to us, incorrect
(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities. : Question is talking about purchasing FMP's
(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems. : out of context, Incorrect

So we are left with only B option
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United Investments’ management has decided to upgrade its mainframe computer servers to the newly developed flash-memory processors (FMPs) instead of purchasing new models of its existing technology, in order to significantly reduce its maintenance costs. FMP computers have simpler, more reliable processors, and their average operational span is substantially longer.

Which of the following would be most useful in assessing whether the bank management’s decision will reduce the company’s maintenance costs?

(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology. - already stated in the passage
(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors. - correct
(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well. - this information is not useful, because this information is not related to maintenance costs
(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities. - the intentions of management are not related to maintenance costs
(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems. - other banks deeds are not related to maintenance costs of our bank
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(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.
Correct answer. Unless the answer to this question were yes rather than no, the switch to FMP processors would not help to significantly reduce the company’s maintenance costs. So it is essential to know the answer to this question to determine whether switching to FMP processors would help.

(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors.
This question is out of scope. The argument only concerns on reducing the company’s maintenance costs, not other costs, i.e. energy cost.

(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well.
The existence of servers that are based on the older technology doesn't have any bearing on the question of whether switching from the older technology to FMP technology would help reduce the company's maintenance costs.

(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities.
Increasing the number of mainframe servers next year would probably increase the company's maintenance costs, but it would do so regardless of whether the company uses the existing technology or the FMP technology.

(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems.
The information about other banks' recent computing system upgrade doesn't have any bearing on the question of whether switching from the older technology to FMP technology would help reduce the company's maintenance costs.


Answer is (A)

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Deconstructing the argument-

Management decided to upgrade existing servers instead of purchasing new models for saving costs.They believe upgraded servers are more reliable and have longer(compared to what?) average operational span.
Management seems to had made some assumptions while taking this decision like cost of upgrading to new server is lower than purchasing new models, operational span of upgraded server is better than or similar to old servers/new models,etc.

(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.
This is one of our guess too. Let's keep this.

(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors.
Energy saving wasn't a factor for the management while taking the decision. Out of scope.

(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well.
It doesn't matter. Apart from saving costs, management also considered simplicity,reliability and life span of the servers.

(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities.
Again, it doesn't matter. Distraction.

(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems.
Out of scope. Nothing has been mentioned about other banks.

Hence option A
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conclusion ; United Investments’ management has decided to upgrade its mainframe computer servers to the newly developed flash-memory processors (FMPs) instead of purchasing new models of its existing technology, in order to significantly reduce its maintenance costs
this is evaluate argument type question ;
IMO D; would be correct option
Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities.
yes the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities this weakens the conclusion
no the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities this strengthens the conclusion



United Investments’ management has decided to upgrade its mainframe computer servers to the newly developed flash-memory processors (FMPs) instead of purchasing new models of its existing technology, in order to significantly reduce its maintenance costs. FMP computers have simpler, more reliable processors, and their average operational span is substantially longer.

Which of the following would be most useful in assessing whether the bank management’s decision will reduce the company’s maintenance costs?

(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.
(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors.
(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well.
(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities.
(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems.
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United Investments’ management has decided to upgrade its mainframe computer servers to the newly developed flash-memory processors (FMPs) instead of purchasing new models of its existing technology, in order to significantly reduce its maintenance costs. FMP computers have simpler, more reliable processors, and their average operational span is substantially longer.

Which of the following would be most useful in assessing whether the bank management’s decision will reduce the company’s maintenance costs?

Given : UI management want to upgrade its M computers to FMPS instead of new models of existing tech. to reduce maintenance cost .
FPM is simpler ,reliable, operates for longer span


(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.- Incorrect
Its already given in the argument that operational span is substantially longer for FPM

(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors.-Correct
As UI is looking to reduce maintenance cost , energy efficiency is a factor to consider.


(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well.-Incorrect
Out Of scope, irrelevant for argument

(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities.-Incorrect
out of scope , whether UI intends to buy more on not

(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems.-Incorrect
Out Of scope , no new useful information by comparing it with other backs

Option B is correct Answer
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(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology. --no need to be significantly longer
(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors. --correct energy cost will impact the maintenance cost
(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well. --not related
(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities. --not related
(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems. --not related
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United Investments’ management has decided to upgrade its mainframe computer servers to the newly developed flash-memory processors (FMPs) instead of purchasing new models of its existing technology, in order to significantly reduce its maintenance costs. FMP computers have simpler, more reliable processors, and their average operational span is substantially longer.

Summary: Choose Upgrade existing server with new tech instead of new model with same tech since its more simple, reliable and operational span is longer.
Will this decision reduce operational costs?

Which of the following would be most useful in assessing whether the bank management’s decision will reduce the company’s maintenance costs?

(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.
Yes - Strengthen No - may not reduce. Lets keep this

After further analysis of other answer choices, this seems to be a trap. It is given as a fact that, it is SUBSTANTIALLY longer, whether or not it is significantly longer does not really matter

(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors.
Higher energy efficiency does not guarantee lower maintenance costs. So Not this

(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well.
producing and manufacturing Older technology or not is criteria to assess the maintenance costs
(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities.
Yes - Weaken - so more servers anyway has to be purchased so costs may not reduce. No - Strengthen, maintenance costs will reduce.
(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems.
Does not matter when the upgrade was done.

So, IMO D.
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The management is upgrading its Mainframe Computer Servers to FMPs because FMP computers have simpler, more reliable processors, and their average operational span is substantially longer.

We need to find an answer that will help us to assess whether the bank management’s decision will reduce the company’s maintenance costs.

(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.
The operation span might be significantly longer. However, the need for maintenance can be more frequent. We cannot access the decision with this knowledge.

(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors.
With higher efficiency, comes lower maintenance. This shows computers equipped with FMPs can deliver more output at less cost. Thus, reducing maintenance costs.

(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well.
Whether the manufacturer still produces the older technology products or not, does not help us analyze whether maintenance cost has reduced by switching to FMPs.

(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities.
Bank's management can purchase mainframes due to various reasons - maybe it is way cheaper to buy than FMPs? We cannot definitely be sure that they decide to purchase mainframes because the maintenance of FMPs was not cheaper.

(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems.
The challenges faced by United Investments might not be the same as that of other banks. So, their decision is irrelevant to us.

Answer B

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(A) Whether FMP processors’ operational span is significantly longer than that of new models of existing technology.
Comparison between new models of old technology and FMPs regarding operation span will definitely help in assessing the decision taken by the board....................Best Option.

(B) Whether FMP computers have higher energy efficiency than that of new models of the existing processors.
This information doesn't help much in assessing the decision. Second best option after "A".....................Can be eliminated.

(C) Whether mainframe computer manufacturers still produce and market servers that are based on the older technology as well.
This is option is not related to the topic.....................Can be eliminated.

(D) Whether the bank's management intends to purchase more mainframe servers next year, in order to expand its capabilities.
This is option is not related to the topic.....................Can be eliminated.

(E) Whether other banks in its market recently upgraded their computing systems.
This information doesn't give much information. Other banks can have other reasons to do so....................Can be eliminated.

ANSWER: A
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Maintenance expenses are the costs incurred to keep an item in good condition or good working order. Examples of such costs are desktops, printers, electricity, IT support, etc. Only B is concerned with maintenance costs.
D is answer IMO
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We need to find an answer choice which when true strengthens the decision of the bank and when we negate this choice, it should significantly weaken the decision of the bank.

Answer choice A is the most useful in assessing the bank management's decision. This is because in determining whether FMP processors' operational span is significantly longer than the new models of existing technology we are able tell if the rationale behind the bank's choice of FMP which is to significantly reduce operational maintenance cost can be achieved. If this assessment reveals that the FMP processors have longer operational spans, then the bank's rationale is strengthened. However should it turn out that FMP processor's operational span is short, then bank management's decision is weakened.

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