Also known as: Desktop Replacement Program, PC Replacement Program.
Computer Replacement is an Information Services (IS) program created to replace aging office computers with current, secure, high-performance desktop and laptop computers at a subsidized cost.
Key Features and Benefits
Information Services(IS) is implementing guidelines for subsidizing replacement cost of desktop and laptop computers on a five (5) year cycle as allowed by funding and as dictated by the University. These replacement guidelines ensure that faculty and staff always have adequate computing power, that the latest security measures are always implemented, and that I.S. can provide the highest quality of Information service.
The program provides benefits by equipping eligible faculty and staff with tested, predictable, and reliable hardware and software configurations resulting in computers that are easier to use and to support. Removing older, outdated equipment from the network also reduces the overall cost of desktop support and maintenance.
The overall purpose of the program is to ensure that computing resources on campus are up-to-date. The goals of the PC Replacement Program are to:
- Ensure that all tenured and tenure-track faculty and benefits-based staff members who use computing resources in their positions have access to a computer of sufficient capability to support “basic computing needs”* in fulfillment of their work responsibilities;
- Ensure that appropriate computing resources are available in departmental computing facilities and university offices in support of PNW’s mission;
- Ensures that desktop computer systems have sufficient capacity and compatibility to meet each department and school’s operational needs;
- Establish a centralized budget which provides basic computing resources for university employees, thereby providing relief to area budgets and reducing reliance on year-end surplus and current fund contingency;
- Implement minimum standards for computing resources on campus increasing the supportability of the institution’s installed base of equipment;
- Maintains ongoing compatibility of computer systems with the computer applications used within each department and school at PNW;
- Streamline the specification, acquisition, and deployment of new equipment and re-deployment or disposal of old equipment.
* “Basic Computing Needs” include word processing, electronic messaging, Library access, Internet (web) access, spreadsheet, simple database, and basic institutional data access.
Please note that other specialized needs, such as secondary computers, advanced hardware, or Research needs, etc. must be funded from departmental budgets or from research funds.
These guidelines shall apply to the replacement cycle for all desktop and laptop computers at PNW. Information Services has authority and is responsible for the acquisition and support of computer replacements.
To see the computers available through the PC Replacement Program, go to Computer Standards.