Brandeis provides a centrally funded computer to each eligible faculty and staff member through the Computer Management Program. Some computers necessary for a department's essential operations can be acquired through the management program as well. Currently, University-managed computers are replaced every five years. Managers of new employees should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
Computer Management Program Advantages
There are major benefits for individuals, as well as the University as a whole, to using computers that are purchased and replaced through the Care program. Computer Care provides:
Best pricing through discounts and sales tax exemption
ITS reaches out to departments beginning in February prior to the next fiscal year. (So, for FY2018, which begins July 1, 2017, ITS would begin conversations with departments in January/February 2017.) ITS schedules a meeting with department chairs or administrators to explain the Computer Management process. Faculty and staff are also informed of this process by email. ITS gets in touch with departments again in April to confirm computer requests and make any necessary adjustments. Finally, ITS schedules a deployment day or days, and a make-up day, for delivery and setup of the new computers.
Yes. You'll need to log in to your computer in order to set up certain features, such as the ability to map departmental shares or print to a departmental printer, so your presence is highly recommended for a smooth transition.
You'll need to make a list of the required software that will be needed to be re-installed on the new machine. We also ask that you take some time to organize and delete anything you would not like moved to the new computer. Other than that, no other work is required, the ITS staff will migrate all the data stored in your user folder to your new computer.
ITS requires that departments buy Brandeis standard models from Dell or Apple, available on the Dell institutional purchases site or the Apple institutional purchases site. Brandeis standard models receive the most comprehensive setup assistance and ongoing support from the Help Desk according to the Help Desk SLA. (Non-standard models receive only best effort support, time permitting.) Also, ITS is glad to help set up computers purchased by departments; see our guidelines and tips for a smooth deployment experience.
Please contact the Computer Management Program for more information on computer options for new employees.
Departmental Computer Purchases
If you are buying a computer for university use with department funds, please buy one of this year's recommended models. Recommended models receive full Help Desk support, including help with setup and installation. All other computers are supported as time permits.