Technology Acquisitions

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In accordance with CMU policy and Federal and State laws, technology products and services must be appropriately accessible, meet campus security standards, and be technically supportable.  This acquisition process is designed to ensure that these standards are met, any residual risk is appropriately managed, and all ​purchases are appropriately cost effective. This process applies to information technology products and services in the categories listed below:

  1. Web-based services and applications such as storage/sharing services, online courses, web conferencing tools, online business services, that are on the list posted here or cost $500 or more.*
    NOTE: Departments should be aware that annual contract renewals must be reviewed every third year or when contracts are substantially renegotiated
  2. Software of single or bulk licenses costing $500 or more (Please note, you cannot individually purchase software covered as part of an enterprise agreement)* 
    NOTE: Departments should be aware that subscription software must be reviewed every third year
  3. Contracts with third party-vendors for technology services and technology installation*
  4. Desktops and laptops (except the models that are listed here) and tablets at Purchasing's discretion**
    NOTE: AppleCare warranty is required as an add-on to all apple products.
  5. Printers, including 3D printers (except as listed here)***
  6. Computer Monitors costing more than $1000 (per unit), click here for suggestions
  7. Servers and Enterprise Storage
  8. Networking and Telecommunications equipment and services
  9. Security cameras and security systems
  10. Audio-Visual, TVs, Projector, video conferencing, other Mediation and supporting software, that is intended to be installed or mounted permanently​, ​​​click here ​for examples.​
  11. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, a.k.a. "Drones")​

* Approximately 10% of the purchasing requests we receive for software and online services are not simple purchases, but full-fledged projects – in order for the purchase to be leveraged effectively, its implementation may require integration with CMU systems, significant access to CMU data, and extensive access to OIT technical resources.  Though they may be submitted through the Technology Acquisition request form (“the TAC form”) linked above, these high complication, high risk projects must be evaluated by OIT’s Project Management Office and can take a year or more to complete.  In order to expedite these requests, you should submit the TAC form or a separate ticket request at the inception of your project, not at the end.

** ​CMU has a contract with Dell to provide a bulk discount to the university. We will entertain special configuration requests for Dell machines not already on the pre-approved computers list. Small configurations to the computers already on the pre-approved computers list, including changes to the processor, ram, or disk, do not require TAC approval. Exceptions for purchasing non-Dell computers will only be granted very rarely as unique exceptions.

*** CMU requires purchasing certain printers to ensure that we can receive the devices at a bulk discount, and it allows OIT to provide consistent support for these devices due to the reduction in variability. It also increases the reusability of toner and other components. For these reasons, and because OIT already provides an affordable printer option under $100, OIT will not entertain exception requests based on printer cost.

Technology purchasing process

Securing appropriate approval for technology purchases is ultimately your responsibility, and all technology purchases meeting the above qualifications will require completion of the Technology Acquisition request form. In the case of purchases directly though Purchasing, your buyer will request its completion.  In the case of business card purchases, you will be expected to print and submit a copy of your TAC approval email with your monthly business card reconciliation.​

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) will review and sign-off on these requests. OIT will engage with the submitter should additional information be required.​


In most cases, the depth of review is minimal and can be performed relatively quickly. However, the length of review may vary depending on whether compliance documentation already exists, and if not, how timely and thoroughly the contractor can be in providing the required documentation. Selecting compliant products and services, and providing as much detailed information as possible, will accelerate the review process.​

Please note that any CMU owned standalone computing device (runs an operating system and provides an end user with an interactive graphical interface) that is capable of network connectivity must have an asset tag, so that it can have a “name” / label according to a predefined naming schema.  Naming devices according to a unique and predefined number is essential to support in that it allows technical support personnel to determine the appropriate support group, query information about the asset in CMU’s ERP system, and locate the device both in-person and over the network.  Peripherals (printers, scanners, monitors, etc) below the $5000 threshold need not have an asset tag number.​​

Contacts and other information

For purchasing related questions: Contracting and Purchasing Services – Amber Marr, 1737,

For technology related questions: Office of Information Technology – Jeffrey McDowell, 6678,

For security related questions: Office of Information Technology – Jerry Todd, 6633,​​

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