I have been monitoring the PC vs Mc discussion. My concern with Macs is that the short term financial gain that Macs may provide may cause a long-term concern in terms of students not being prepared to enter the post-high school market where PCs are the norm. Thinking in terms of decreasing the number of tech. support work orders may have a huge impact on the preparedness of our students to succeed in the global economy due to lack of PC skills. If our goal is to prepare our students for life after high school, then our choice of desktop may need to be decided by that rather than what desktop is most cost-effective.
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Sure. A school board member questioned the use of Macs at his school since
Win boxes are "cheaper." I looked at two sets of data: purchases of Macs
and Win machines and their accessories, peripherals, software, etc. and the
cost of repairs. Considering all that, the Macs came through costing only
$.47 more per machine than their PC counterparts.
By looking through our technology work orders, I was also able to demonstrate
that the Macs required less support per unit from our SU tech support team.
There were definitely fewer OS-related issues. I did not have a good way of
assigning a monetary value to that fact, but I suspect that means the Total
Cost of Ownership for a Mac is lower than for a PC.
In a message dated 4/11/05 9:22:20 PM, [log in to unmask] writes:
> Could you share more detailed specifics?
> On Apr 11, 2005, at 8:16 AM, Tommy Walz wrote:
> > For the benefit of a particular school board member, I actually
> > tracked our support and expenses issues on Mac vs. Win PC for a little
> > over a year. The results: the Macs required far less support time per
> > unit, and the additional cost turned out to be $.47 (yes, 47 CENTS)
> > per machine. Certainly worth it in my estimation.
> > That school board member is now a Mac owner and loving it.
Tommy J. Walz
Barre Supervisory Union
120 Ayers St.
Barre VT 05641