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Re: [K12OSN] SOP for purchasing?

Follow up to prior post.

UBid has a Dell Poweredge 6300 Quad PII Xeon 400MHz 1GB, 512KB L2/5-4GB SCSI HDD/24X CD/NIC/No OS WITH all 4 processors, currently at a BUY-IT-NOW price of $1199

A server with 1 gb cache processors, even at 400 mhz, would be a real performer.....


At 02:39 PM 5/10/2002, you wrote:
        I seem to be the king of almost off-topic posts lately. Standard disclaimer applies, topic lawyers, move along now...

        It seems that I am going to be taking over the technology department in my district next year, and I feel the need for introducing some semblance of professionalism and organization.  We currently have no SOP for purchasing new equipment or standards on purchasing. How have all of you K-12 managers handled this? Did you standardize on particular brands / vendors? Do buy pre-built boxen, or fab your own, thereby avoiding the MS tax. I would like to standardize the equipment we purchase down the road to try to work out some of the disarray and patchwork of equipment we have now. Is this a pipe dream in small K-12, where it is not feasible to do purchasing in large numbers, or should I keep pushing for it? I personally am a big fan of AMD products (which could save us a bundle), but am a bit leery in specifying those, simply because I know of too many past problems with them, and I have not heard any success stories of large-scale roll-outs. Have any of you used AMD in relatively large numbers with success? What sort of purchasing framework have you developed? What have you standardized on?

-Thanks for getting this far-

-Quentin Hartman-
Tech Support Specialist
Fern Ridge School District
Elmira, OR

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