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Hardware standardization - Managing an organizations desktop hardware

By steve.colson ·
With all the different PC makes and models out there it?s becoming more and more difficult to manage multiple hardware platforms on a large scale (500 to 600 pc?s). Hence, causing the need for a hardware standardization rule, acquisition standard for future purchases within our company.

I realize things like 3rd party software, operating system, and budget play a large role in this decision. I?m also aware that this transition will take from 3 to 5 years to accomplish. Currently we purchase exclusively from Dell (contract for 2004) and are buying Win2K Pro desktop O/S Pentium IV PC?s.

I?m looking for a template to follow or any suggestions you might have to aide me in directing the procurement of desktop PC?s in the future, with a standard model across the organization. This might include an Minimum level PC, for users who only run MS Office to check email, to the High end PC that has CAD, Modeling S/W, and all the other H/W intensive apps.
I?m open for suggestions, comments, and any feedback you might have. Also if you have any reference material or know of any links that might help. Thank you, Steve

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