Join OIT and Procurement for a very special webinar to discuss technology procurement at UC Merced. We discuss how & why technology procurement differs from purchasing other types of things on campus, what you should know about various types of technology purchasing, current challenges our experts are seeing on campus, and more.
Webinar Resources & Recordings
Here are the questions asked & answered as a part of this session.
Q: Is Adobe Acrobat free for campus? How about Creative Cloud?
Adobe Acrobat Reader is free for students. Faculty & Staff have access to AA Pro. As for Creative Cloud students can access it for free via the computer labs in SSM 152 & ACS 134. Faculty & Staff can make a request in servicenow & receive it through their department. For more details look at our software list & communicate with our Service Desk.
Q: What sort of factors go into the choice between developing applications at UC Merced, or purchasing enterprise-wide applications?
We start with the problem/question: "What does the program need to do?" Then we work from there. How much is it going to cost, do we have anything already that would work, if no how long would it take to build something in house? If we do that, what’s the path to create the software and all its phases? These [questions] help us and the person who needs the program decide the best choice.
Q Is there a chip shortage? or is that fake news?
Yes, it is affecting what is available for laptops & processors. There is also a silica shortage due to vaccine production that is affecting the availability of screens. The shortage is easing up, but this is a pre pandemic problem and has been a struggle.
Q Where can I go for recommendations on purchasing a new laptop for work?
We partner with Dell and have a list of laptops we update regularly. If you are looking for mac products, we have a good offering through CBS2. If you still have questions contact Service Desk & the team will be more than happy to help.
Q How come we don’t get like a TV from Walmart for displays?
A number of reasons, but it comes down to the fact that consumer products are not built for commercial use.
Q Why is UC Merced partnered with Dell and not HP?
Dell has given us better support for their products, and some of our in house IT members are certified to work and repair Dell products.
Q If I'm a professor: I want to make sure my computer at work is integrated with my computer at home. where do I go to talk with someone? I am not very computer literate.
A Please contact the Service Desk (209-288-HELP) and they can assist with this.