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IT Equipment Tips & Links

Computer Purchasing Tips

ITS and Purchasing work together to assist departments purchase computers that:

  • Serve the needs of the end-user
  • Are compatible with  the IPFW network
  • Can be expeditiously repaired or replaced to minimize down time

all at a reasonable cost to the department and the university.

Faculty or staff members often choose to “spec out” the computer and peripherals that they want and can do at the tab above labeled 'Computer and Peripheral Purchasing Links.

The faculty/staff member or the requisitioner must send those specifications to Amy Carter in ITS. Amy will confirm the configuration is both adequate and compatible with IPFW’s requirements.  Amy will discuss any requisite changes or concerns with the end-user and forward the final, agreed upon equote to the requester or send the specifications to Purchasing to obtain a quote.

Purdue has negotiated favorable pricing agreements with Dell, Apple and HP resellers.  Faculty and staff looking at options from various websites will NOT necessarily see our contract pricing.  IPFW Purchasing will verify we are getting all discounts available to you based on these pricing agreements.  Additionally, we will ensure that the final order (i.e. equote, quote, web proposal) is in a format that will make ordering in Ariba easiest for both the department requisitioner and the supplier.

ITS makes full use of IU’s agreement with Microsoft,  however, IU has ONLY the legal right to "upgrade" a pre-existing Windows license.  The Agreement does not give IU the right to grant a license.  Therefore, all computers expected to run a Windows operating system (OS) must be purchased with a Windows OS even if you intend to upgrade to a different Windows operating system at a future time.

Finally, in keeping with Purdue University policy, computer orders should NOT be placed on credit cards.  A purchase order is the best vehicle for ensuring coordination between Purchasing,  ITS, the end-user and providing historic data for both inventory control and warranty issues.

Purchasing is available to help you navigate the process of ordering computers for your department.  Please contact Pam Thompson for assistance.