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Folks, can you please share with me your ideas/suggestions on the best practices of upgrading desktop pc's in the corporate level? What business criteria do I look into before I upgrade or replace a desktop PC apart from technology obsolescence. Howdo I rate that user X gets the top of the line and user Y gets the standard specs?

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by Ravi In reply to corporate desktop pc upgr ...

You have to categorize the user/use:

If the use is basic, say Wordprocessing, e-mail, some browsing, then standard specs.

If the use is intermediate, say all of the above + spreadsheet, some database use, etc, then the next level (say a faster processor and more RAM).

If the use is advanced, say all of number 2 + some heavy duty database use and/or app development, then the next level (say still faster processor and more RAM)

If CAD/CAM user, then you may want lots of RAM, multipleprocessors, large monitor and so on.

Again, the specs should be based on use, although in real life the head honchos wind up getting the expensive toys, whether they need it or not.

HTH.

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by Chris Penn, CUOL In reply to corporate desktop pc upgr ...

Here at CASCAP, Inc, we based our strategy on lessons learned at Sony Electronics, among other places. We looked for a middle of the road platform, tool-less chassis, super-strong tech support (same business day), and we made the best bet ever - identical machines, identical configurations. We chose Dell OptiPlex PCs, same configuration, ordered 5% extra as hot-swappable boxes, 128 MB RAM, 6 GB HD, and made sure that we're all running NT4 and Office 2K. Order a strong PC and don't differentiatebased on standard/top of the line unless you have a really strong business need (i.e. 3D CAD/CAM). Our biggest feat was ordering good, strong, expandable servers with tons of storage space and a good backup solution. (Veritas Backup Exec)

HTH,C. S. Penn
http://www.cascap.org

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We've gone through various strategies, so far our present one seems to work the best. Presently we lease a machine for 3 years. The machines that are leased are split into 3 levels depending on the position of the person. A secretary gets a good middle of the line machine, usually with most of the latest technologies, but obviously she doesn't need a 32 meg video card with 256 megs of RAM. Our CAD/CAM people get the top of the line, latest and greatest machines with the newest, best, processors, the best video cards, huge hard drives, huge monitors, etc. Most of the engineers and technical people get machines that fit between those two extremes.

We do buy only name brands (Dell, Compaq, HP) and at the end of 3 years they go away and we re-fit them with the newest version of the level they need.

Trying to keep old machines and/or upgrade because a secretary doesn't need all that power just doesn't work.

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by tech.systems In reply to corporate desktop pc upgr ...

I work for a non profit organization and money sometimes is tighter than with other organizations. I like the idea of having all the same systems on everyones desk, but that isn't an option for us. We are a on a 3 year cycle for upgrading PC's. This means 1/3 of our users get upgraded every year. By the third year the PC has been depreciated entirely off our books. I try to buy the PC's every year so that they can last 3 years. That is asking alot in todays changing world, but we have done ok so far. The burden becomes swapping PC's The desktop publishing people always need the faster machines, so they get upgraded and theirs go to another person. This is a bit more work to save a bit of money, but the new PC's get to the people that really need them. Basically the machines I buy every year are the best I can get for the budget I have to work with. Sometimes I can just upgrade a motherboard and processor, but that is usually only a year extension at best on the machine. I have a 3 year full wa

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by -=_AnDy_=- In reply to corporate desktop pc upgr ...

Categorized the specs. you have on the existing computers. Anything that is below
the average computers specs. you can name
them as below specs. while the top categoy
would include those newer specs existing
in the market.

Again, this is verysubjective as to your
organization and main usage.
You might consider and PII machine as a standard machine and PIII machine as high end if you are in the development environment. But in a normal office, you might consider PII machines are high end and
vice versa.

Use it sparringly.

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