How to Purchase Computer Equipment and Software
The following are the Department of Community Colleges' definitions of the three classes of software:
- Operating software
- Fundamental programming that makes a machine a functional computer. This type of software is generally installed and billed as a part of a computer when it is delivered and is usually purchased using equipment money.
- Application software
- Programming that addresses specific uses such as word processing or financial analysis and is normally purchased using supply money.
- Instructional (tutorial) software
- Programming that functions as a teaching tool in the same way a film or cassette would and is usually purchased using supply money. (Instructional software is considered to be audiovisual material).
The Department of Community Colleges (DCC) has determined that
- Operating software can be purchased using equipment funds.
- Application software must be purchased from supply (current operating) funds.
- Instructional (tutorial) software can be purchased from either equipment or supply funds.
- NOTE: Unless specified, the vendor will ship the current version of software.
When ordering computer software, accessories, or hardware to be attached to the existing equipment, it is important to show the make and model of the existing equipment in order to maintain compatibility.
Computer users should contact Information Technology Services to get help with any hardware or software installation before purchasing. Please see: http://www.cpcc.edu/itservices/helpdesk/ or you may contact 5000 Help Desk.