We have a phase-out policy, going from PC and Macs to just PC's. The
policy is that no new Macs will be purchased unless a good case can be
made base on software that is not available on the PC platform.
This policy has been in existence for about three years. It was created
when we were asked by the Education Division and the Student Affairs
Department to migrate from Macs to PC's. We also had purchased a few
'best of breed' campus-wide software systems that were not Mac friendly.
It seemed rather obvious to most of us that we needed to start the
phasing out of the Macs. The policy was approved by the Faculty
Information Technology Committee; however the Mac users on that
committee missed a few of the meetings that discussed this issue.
Using a Mac seems to be a religious experience - giving it up is like
being forced to change religions, nothing done willing from external
sources (like the IT department), but not very difficult if the
motivation comes from the individual. The new Academic Dean - VP of
Academic Affairs arrived a Mac user but switched with little difficulty.
The Mac folks claim the cost of the two platforms are about equal now
with the iMacs - which is true if you don't try to configure them the
same. However when we go to configure the system, the conversation
quickly changes to the more expensive G4's and the price increases
After three years the Mac population has seen a somewhat steady decline
- but we are down to the hardcore Mac users who probably will retire
Director of Information Technology
275 Eastland Rd
Berea, OH 44017-2088
Phone: (440) 826-2310
Fax: (440) 826-3640
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From: Pat Pettit [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 11:14 AM
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Subject: [CIO] Platforms
Due to budget constraints, we are looking at standardizing with one
computing platform. If you have gone through this process, I would like
to hear comments about the transition or reasons why your faculty or
students were steadfast in their belief that having access to one
platform or another (PC and Mac) was necessary.
I am talking about hard reasons versus soft, such as preference. My VP
of Finance wants hard evidence that supports the choice of one platform
over another to continue spending extra dollars in support, maintenance,
software, and service for two platforms instead of one.
Thanks for your help,
Director of Academic Technology
1184 West Main
Decatur, IL 62522
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"A little dissatisfaction creates progress."
Dorothy Cowser Yancy
President of Johnson C. Smith University
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