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School of Medicine Technology Services

SOMTech, Administrative and Academic Systems,
and Educational Technologies

SOMTech, Administrative and Academic Systems, and Educational Technologies

Purchasing recommendations

Please note: This page lists purchasing recommendations for Faculty and Staff only. For purchasing recommendations for medical students, click here.

Computer Procurement

University Purchasing has contractual agreements with Apple, Dell, and Lenovo to provide the VCU community with discount pricing on computer equipment.

Faculty and Staff should not purchase Dell computers from VCU RamTech.

Apple Computers

The School of Medicine recommended computer models are listed below and can be procured through RAMTech. If a device is needed, submit a ticket to SOMTech. The device will be configured in a quote (proposal) according to the availability on the Apple Education Store website. If the quote is approved by the user, RAMTech will see if any additional discounts can be a applied. From there, the department can purchase with index code. Therefore, this should present an easier purchase as it is not through eVA.

Dell computers

The School of Medicine recommended computer models are preconfigured and listed on the SOM Dell Premiere website for quick purchase. In order to access the SOM Dell Premiere website, you will need an account created. Email Michael McCarthy, VCU Dell Sales Account Representative at Michael.A.Mccarthy@dell.com. The Dell preconfigured computer model specifications are listed below.

IT Support Analysts (ISAs) are Dell Certified, and we recommend faculty and staff purchase Dell computers for the following reasons:

  • We can provide better support for Dell, as our certifications enable us to order replacement parts for equipment that is under warranty. Replacement parts are usually shipped within 24 hours.
  • As more departments standardize purchasing of preconfigured computer models, our support times will improve due to consistency of computer models.
  • SOMTech supports vendor supported devices.
  • Dell offers higher education discounts.
  • Ease of ordering and purchasing process
  • Fast shipment

Hewlett Packard printers

We recommend the use of Hewlett Packard printers. In our experience with various manufacturers, we have found HP printers to be the most reliable, cost effective and well-supported printers in the market today.

We strongly encourage the use of laser printers over ink jet printers because they are more reliable, cost effective, support high volume print jobs and faster printing.

Please note, we only offer support for installation and basic troubleshooting of printers. All other issues must be referred to an office equipment repair company.

VCUHS Workstations

You should purchase a VCUHS workstation if both conditions are true:

  • You need access to network storage on VCUHS servers
  • Your office is located in clinical buildings on the VCUHS network

VCUHS workstations are supported by the VCUHS Help Desk. If you require assistance please call 8-6447.

If you do not require a VCUHS workstation, we recommend one of the Dell computers listed below under Recommended equipment.

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Other Software Purchases

To purchase Microsoft products outside of Office, please contact the Software House International (SHI) Sales Team for a quote. Please see the current pricing of the mostly used business software products. SHI manages the VITA contract for the Commonwealth of Virginia. For all other details, please visit VCU Procurement and Purchasing Web site.

Software House International (SHI) Sales Team

Erik Michael Schroeder
SHI VA account executive
Phone: (732) 564-8217
Phone: (800) 527-6389 ext. 8217
Fax: (732) 564-8218
Email: erik_schroeder@shi.com

Angela Mensch
SHI Inside Account Manager
Website: www.shi.com
Phone: (732) 564-8380
Fax: (732) 564-8379
Email: Angela_Mensch@shi.com

Helaina Cohen
SHI Inside Account Manager
Website: www.shi.com
Toll Free: 1 (888) 964-8888 ext: 7126
Phone: (732) 537-7126
Fax: (732) 537-7127
Email: Helaina_Cohen@shi.com
VITA Contract Number: VA-070907-SHI

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Recommended Equipment

Dell Optiplex desktops and Latitude notebooks are offered in several configurations. The configurations include low, middle and high-end range models. The configuration of choice depends on your processing requirements.

All configurations have at least 8GBs of RAM for the following reasons:

  • Better performance
  • Upgradability to latest operating systems
  • Faster response time for accessing data
  • Multitasking performance
  • Inexpensive cost of RAM

Consultation and determination of hardware/software requirements prior to order placement is strongly encouraged as non-standard equipment will either not be supported or can result in extended delays of up to 10 business days from configuration to setup. For non-business ordered computers, part replacement ordering must be handled by the purchaser. Sony is a good example as they do not offer business class computers. SOMTech can only support devices with vendor support. For computer orders that do not meet our standard configurations for business use, the department will be asked to return the equipment. The department will be forwarded a computer quote that will meet the business need. RAMTech is NOT a viable source for Dell equipment to be used within the School of Medicine. However, consult with SOMTech before making purchases to ensure compliance.

Current supported operating systems:  Windows 7, Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.12, 10.13

Updated 4/30/18

Equipment type Make/Model Specifications
Low-End Desktop Dell Optiplex 3050 Minitower
iMac 21.5"
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Mid-Range Desktop Dell Optiplex 5050 Minitower
iMac 27" with Retina 5K
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High-End Desktop Dell Optiplex 7050 Minitower
Mac Pro
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Low-End Laptop Dell Latitude 3480
MacBook Pro 13"
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Mid-Range Laptop Dell Latitude 5480
MacBook Pro 15"
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High-End Laptop Dell Precision 7720
MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display
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Lightweight Laptop Dell Precision 5520
MacBook Air 13"
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Desktop/Network Color Laser Printer HP LaserJet Pro M452dn View specs
Desktop/Network Laser Printer HP Laserjet Pro 400 M402dn View specs
Multifunction Center Printers HP Laserjet Pro M570dn View specs
Desktop Scanners

Fujitsu iX500

Fujitsu S1300i

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USB Flash Drive (Windows and Apple Compatible)

IronKey Enterprise S200 Secured Encrypted

Kingston Data Traveler SE9

Sony Micro Vault Style

Transcend JetFlash

SanDisk Cruzer

1GB, 2GB, 4GB*, 8GB and 16GB

8 GB, 16 GB

8 GB, 16 GB

8 GB, 16 GB

8 GB, 16 GB

* The IronKey Enterprise S200 4 GB drives can be requested through technologies services. For more information, please visit our request forms page.

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