Acquire/ Retire Strategy
Quinsigamond Community College is committed to ensuring technological currency across campus.
The College employ’s a “Build Forward” approach to replacing Desktop Systems. Each system is assigned a specific lifespan at which point it is replaced by a new system and traded in to the vendor. The hardware/software standards are set such that there are no intended upgrades to the hardware or the operating system during the expected lifespan. However minor upgrades will be made if a system presents a compatibility issue with existing toolbox software or other required College software. Exceptions to the 3-year lifespan occurs if the system cannot handle special software that is mandated or to accommodate curriculum updates. In these circumstances the replaced systems are cycled to lighter duty.
Laser printers have a lifespan of 4 to 6 years and are replaced for one of two reasons: they are greater than 4 years old AND wear out or a new capability is required and the printer cannot be retrofitted. Printers that are less than 4 years old are repaired if they fail. Inkjet printers are no longer supported and when they fail are replaced by access to a group laser printer or a personal laser printer if there is no local workgroup printer.
Classroom technology is managed as a partnership between the IT groups and Media Services. Each piece of equipment has a lifespan defined by the required capability and will be replaced it either it cannot handle a new capability or if it breaks and the cost of repair is more than 50% of the replacement cost.