IT is dedicated to providing all faculty and staff with up-to-date information regarding the current budget process. If you have any questions contact your IT Support Specialist or Liaison.
Computing Hardware Upgrade and Replacement Planning
As part of its strategic planning efforts, the Division of Information Technology has established a cycle and a process by which personal and laboratory computing hardware is upgraded and replaced. Currently, the College owns and maintains approximately 2,800 personal or laboratory (desktop or laptop) machines. Our goal is for the College to purchase enough machines each year to replace or upgrade somewhere between 20% to 25% of the active machines. The exact percentage will depend in part on decisions about specific computing laboratories and classrooms.
As you may know, in the past new machines have been allocated primarily to general purpose laboratories and classrooms. Consistent with the College’s commitment to its students, we have given these areas priority. However, computing power is now increasing at a rate that outpaces most software developments. Most of the software that students and faculty use can be run quite well on several generations of machines. The current generation offers more speed than most all of our applications require. Therefore, it no longer seems necessary to upgrade the general purpose laboratories and classrooms every year. Rather, it seems important now to ensure that faculty and staff also have sufficient computing speed to handle the software applications most commonly used.
For these reasons we are recommending the following set of principles and processes for the allocation of computer equipment (replacements and upgrades).
- Most computers assigned to individuals will be upgraded on a 5 year cycle. There will be a yearly evaluation process to address special situations.
- Special purpose laboratories, computer classrooms and some individual workstations will be upgraded on a 4 year cycle. There will be an annual evaluation process to address special situations.
- All general departmental equipment is generally lower end computers and will be upgraded each year as equipment permits.
- Replacement plans will include a more frequent cycle for replacement of special situations. That does not mean, however, that some users will always have the highest power machine or even a machine with more speed than other users in a given year.
- Newly hired faculty and staff will receive machines according to their specific needs. They will not necessarily receive a new machine, but they will receive a machine adequate to their needs.