What has worked well for Roanoke College in reaching a goal of Life Cycle
Management Plan is a phased in approach involving the following steps:
1. Establishing an estimated number/cost of mission critical equipment on
campus - Labs, faculty, staff, servers, printers, network, media equipment,
etc. are mission critical while student assistant staff stations are not.
2. Setting a replacement cycle for this equipment.
3. Estimating the yearly cost of replacing the equipment.
4. Incrementally increasing the recurring budget to reach a goal of a
recurring budget to cover the cost of replacement.
5. Making up as much of the difference between the budgeted and the
actual replacement cost with one time or capital expenditures. In the
earlier years of the process one also must prioritize what must be replaced
on the ideal 3 year cycle - Ex. Student Labs - vs. what can be stretched to
a longer cycle - Ex. Low end users.
Although leasing is an attractive concept, paying the financing charge and
giving back the computers is not an attractive option in the early stages of
the process. We have also extended the life of Pentium 90 computers by
using them as thin client windows terminals using RDesktop running on a thin
Linux kernel. Therefore we can boot <100K off a floppy loading the rest for
boot server then run RDesktop to connect to a Windows 2000 terminal thus
requiring no HD. These are great for kiosk and administrative system access
requiring thin clients. The key is not to spend time on repairing Pentium
90's or other older computers - if it doesn't work as a terminal through it
away, if it breaks through it away.
Director of Information Services
----- Original Message -----
From: "William D. Kelley" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2001 5:04 PM
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.