Computer Resource Puchasing Policy
Policy No. H.2.4
Marine Biological Laboratory
Purchasing of Computer Resources by MBL Staff and Researchers
Initiated by: Director, Information Systems Division
Approved by: MBL Computer Advisory Committee, MBL Director/CEO
Date: August 29, 1994
Revision: July 23, 2001
Distribution: All Users of the MBL Network
1.0 Policy Statement:
Since the MBL is working toward a standard of easy access to information using the existing
network infrastructure, we recommend that employees and scientific staff check with ISD to
make sure that the purchase is compatible with the network standards, hardware and locally
2.1 Administrative Staff must contact ISD for assistance in configuring new computers
and printers prior to placing a Purchase Order.
2.2 Scientific Staff may contact ISD for assistance in configuring or specifying computer
equipment or software. Assistance of up to one hour for this purpose will be provided
free of ISD labor rate charge.
3.1 It is important that computers for administrative use be compatible with existing server
requirements, and that they be supportable under the current technical and support
3.2 ISD staff has the experience necessary to research and recommend hardware and
software to fit users needs. ISD works with computers across the entire Institution,
and is aware who provides the best service, what machines are the most reliable, and
what detailed specifications are required for most needs. Professional relationships
with vendors help to find the best solutions at the mose reasonable cost
3.3 ISD works closely with the Purchasing department and vendors to insure specific
MBL needs are considered.
3.4 Because the ISD staff has a global overview of the present MBL computer systems
and networks, it is in the best position to ensure administrative staff are purchasing
hardware and software that will operate correctly with the MBL servers and network.
4.0 Policy Updates:
Policy clarification and updates are available from the Information Systems Division.