Goshen College has similar budget constraints and is predominantly PC
(85/15). My support FTE is approximately 3.5/0.5 which means I'm
spending less to support my Macs than my PC's. Supporting Macs at GC
means supporting a Design Lab, Bio Lab, Journalism Lab, TV
Studio/Production lab, the Music faculty, Art faculty, education
faculty, PR department. These are fairly intensive uses that I believe
would require more support on the PC platform.
That said, if it weren't for Final Cut/iMovie, I don't think we'd have
Macs at GC. It was a demonstrably better solution for digital video
than what was available for the PC. For hardware cycle reasons, I need
approximately 1 to 1 ratio of lab to office Macs. That's about where
we're at. So, at this point I'm recommending staying put. In fact, we
rolled our first Linux-based kiosk computers last year so I guess we're
technically a three platform campus.
If I really felt that Microsoft was destined own the entire computing
market and that it was desirable, I would push for a an all Windows
environment, but IMO the future is heterogeneous with Windows and
UNIX/Linux based solutions vying for the marketplace. The future I'm
trying to create leverages standards and Open Source/free software to
deliver more value at less cost. Windows embodies proprietary
computing, Linux open computing, and Mac OS X a hybrid of both.
If you don't have any commitment to UNIX/Linux in your infrastructure,
it might be a harder sell from a cost standpoint. For us, OS X fits
well into our overall infrastructure and gives us access to some
solutions that aren't available on the PC platform.
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> Due to budget constraints, we are looking at standardizing with one
> computing platform. If you have gone through this process, I would
> 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,
> software, and service for two platforms instead of one.
> Thanks for your help,
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