ITS has prepared a document and worksheet to assist you with planning your computer and related technology requests as you put together your 2011-2012 fiscal year budgets.
In our on-going efforts to explore cost-saving opportunities, we regularly evaluate the systems considered for inclusion in the Technology Renewal Program. The iMac is now considered by Apple Computer to be its standard desktop office system, while the MacPro has been positioned as their high-end graphics and video editing workstation. The iMac is a better fit, both fiscally and objectively, with the goals and purpose of Technology Renewal.
Many members of the campus community have been seeking advice from ITS on the purchase of Netbooks and Apple iPads. The advantages of these devices over traditional laptops are cost, size and weight. However, these devices are not substitutes for laptops and do not have the functionality found in a standard laptop. Netbooks and iPads typically meet “personal” needs, but are generally not suitable for “business” needs. and, in many ways are similar to cell phones and smart phone devices.