Valpo has a plan covering all computing and networking equipment, and
we're in the process of getting it started. Eventually, all equipment
in a department will be replaced at the same time (and, as far as
possible, all equipment in a college or division). Central equipment
(servers, network nodes, etc.) is to be replaced incrementally, with
the best equipment moved down the chain and the oldest dropping off
the bottom end. Although three-year life cycle is preferred, we're
starting with four (and high hopes we can work up to three).
Funding *is* the sticking point. In the early stages, we have a bunch
of old equipment that should all be replaced last year or sooner, which
would be replaced again in one or two years. We've found a source for
good used desktop equipment that should work well for fill-in.
We're working directly from our computer inventory to get started;
replacing the oldest equipment and telling departments we'll shuffle
things around however they wish. When the replacement cycles start,
we'll be replacing entire departments' inventories.
Obviously, it's not quite that simple. Some faculty (and staff) need
"nonstandard" equipment. But in the first startup year, things have
gone *far* more smoothly than previously.
On Thu, 12 Jul 2001, William D. Kelley wrote:
> Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 14:04:23 -0700
> From: "William D. Kelley" <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv
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> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [CIO] Technology Renewal Plan/Life Cycle Management Plan
> EWU would like to know if another university has in place, a Technology
> Renewal Plan (or Life Cycle Managment Plan) that they are pleased with
> and which they would be willing to share with us such that we could use
> it as a model for our own plan.