Purchasing

CAS IT can help you select and purchase hardware and software to best match your needs. For assistance, please submit a help ticket.

Hardware

What CAS IT recommends
CAS IT can help with purchasing computer equipment for your office. For recommendations, submit a Help Ticket describing what you would like to purchase. Include as much information as you know (for example whether you want a Mac or PC), and let us know what sort of work you intend to do on this machine so we may better assist your selection. Also, provide information about what software packages you typically use. Common packages are Abobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office.

The desktop and laptop computers we recommend are moderately priced, general-purpose computers that are more than capable of delivering superior word processing, web browsing, e-mail, desktop publishing, database and modest data analysis performance. Desktop computers can be configured as either low-end or high-end workstations.

To see the BU standard models, click here.

We can also assist you with the selection and purchase of printers and other accessories. Printers and related supplied can be purchased from W.B. Mason on the Terrier Marketplace, while general computer accessories (cords, power supplies) can be purchased from SHI. For more information click here.

What CAS IT Does NOT recommend
CAS IT has specific recommendations based off of years of experience with different manufacturers and models of computers. While there are cheaper computers available at retail stores than through our Sourcing and Procurement department, there are typically features lacking that make them less attractive to recommend to our user community.

An example of this is the Dell Inspiron computer line, which is the home line available through Dell computers. While the base price may be cheaper than the Optiplex line, once the computer is configured with the same features and components as an Optiplex, the price is typically higher than the business class computer, and will not come standard with an extended warranty.

Warranties
One of the most important parts of any of our recommended systems is the extended warranty, which allows CAS IT to request parts directly from the manufacturer, and provide quick and efficient service to replace defective components. The typical turnaround on these parts and service is 1-2 days, not requiring the computer to be brought or shipped off campus. For Apple computers, we strongly recommend purchasing Applecare along with the computer. It extends the warranty to 3 years, and will cover all parts and labor charges for computers serviced at an Apple Certified Repair shop. All BU standard computer models come with an extended warranty, which is another reason we strongly recommend purchasing BU standard models.

Non-suggested system purchases:
For equipment from other vendors (Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, etc.), the purchase may need to be approved by CAS IT, as per guidelines established with Sourcing and Procurement. This is specifically true of purchases made by faculty seeking reimbursement.

Software

Microsoft and Adobe Software:
Adobe Software is free for undergraduates and faculty in CAS, and $75 for others. For more information about Adobe software, click here.

For Microsoft software pricing and availability, click here.

Statistical software (JMP, SPSS, SAS):

JMP and SPSS
JMP and SPSS are provided free of charge under Boston University’s site license for faculty and staff teaching and conducting academic research. Visit http://www.bu.edu/tech/support/desktop/distribution/statistics/ for more information. A BU login is required.

SAS (Statistical Analysis System)
SAS can be accessed via http://www.bu.edu/tech/support/desktop/software/acsunix/software/stats/sas/ or purchased from BUMC.

MATLAB
The University has a site-license for MATLAB available to students, faculty and staff. For more information: http://www.bu.edu/tech/support/desktop/distribution/mathsci/matlab/

Information regarding the available toolboxes for MATLAB: https://www.mathworks.com/academia/tah-portal/bu-products.html?s_tid=tah_po_list_bu

X-Win32
Under Boston University’s site license, X-Win32 is available for all students, faculty and staff to download. http://www.bu.edu/tech/support/desktop/software/windows/x-win32/

Stata
Stata must be acquired from the company at its website.

ArcGIS
ArcGIS is available for any faculty and staff of CAS. Members of other colleges and non-BU employees affiliated with the university can acquire it for $125 per license, which can be paid by submitting an ISR (Internal Service Request) to CAS Information Technology. To acquire or purchase ArcGIS, please submit a help ticket.

Other Software
For other software packages, SHI, also accessible through the Sourcing and Procurement site with BU-specific pricing, offers many software packages used on campus. If there are packages not offered through SHI that you need, please contact our office and we can help obtain pricing.