Technology Standardization Guidelines

Why a Technology Standardization Policy?

Troy University's Technology Standardization Policy is directed toward the goal of achieving and maintaining hardware and software facilities that provide a high level of productivity for faculty, staff and students in a cost-effective manner.

This is a difficult goal to achieve because technology is constantly moving ahead. The purpose of these standards is to provide faculty and staff with guidance in planning technology-based projects on the Troy University campus. In addition, these standards establish a usable degree of technology compatibility across the campus. This enhances the ability to share documents and information in electronic form between different offices and departments at Troy University.

The Troy University's Technology Standards appearing in Appendix A (Software) and Appendix B (Hardware) clearly define the recommended hardware and software facilities endorsed by Troy University. Since technology is not static, this policy and the recommended software and hardware lists will be reviewed and updated a minimum of every six months.

Why are these standards being established?

Multiple projects constantly compete for Troy University's resources. Establishing standards will help Troy University plan and purchase technology equipment and software that will enhance productivity and will be usable for a reasonable period of time in the future. These standards will also help the University adhere to its strict policy banning unlicensed software.

What if I have some hardware or software not included on the Troy University Technology Standards recommended list?

Troy University will not require you to change your software and hardware if you do not want to and your supervisor or department concurs. You may find, however, that it will become difficult to communicate and share files with other offices and department across campus if you are using non-standard software or hardware.

What is the phase-in time for this Troy University Technology Standardization Policy?

The proposed Technology Standards were phased in at beginning Summer Quarter of 1998. Beginning Fall Quarter of 1998, all purchases begin to adhere to these standards.

Troy University Technology Software Standards

Recommended Software:

  PCs Apple Mac
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 MAC OS Big Sur or Latest Version
Suites Microsoft Office 2019 Microsoft Office 2019
Word Processing Microsoft Word 2019 Microsoft Word 2019
Spreadsheet Microsoft Excel 2019 Microsoft Excel 2019
Database Microsoft Access 2019 FileMaker Pro
Presentation Microsoft PowerPoint 2019 Microsoft PowerPoint 2019
Anti-Virus McAfee ENS  
Internet Access Microsoft Edge Safari


Troy University Technology Hardware Standards

The hardware standards serve as pre-purchase guidelines for individual academic and administrative units. The recommended standards are minimum configurations for desktop computers and notebook computers.

Note that these are suggested minimum requirements; you may have special needs which require custom configurations. Troy University recognizes that full implementation of Desktop Standards, outlined below, will take time and money. As you upgrade your systems, however, adhering to these standards will result in providing the best productivity and support for all employees.

Desktop Workstations

The minimum configurations are listed below.

  PC (Lenovo) Apple iMac
Processor Core i5-10500 M1 8 Core
Speed 4.5 GHz 2.7 GHz
RAM 16 GB 16 GB
Hard Drive 500 GB 500 GB
DVD/CD-ROM Integrated External DVD drive
Display 22" LED 24" or 27" Integrated
Graphics Integrated Integrated

Laptop Workstations

  PC (Lenovo) Apple Macbook Pro 13"
Processor Core i5-1135G7 Core i5
Speed 2.4 GHz 2.6 GHz
RAM 16 GB 16 GB
Hard Drive 500 GB 500 GB
CD-ROM External DVD drive External DVD drive
Display 15.6" or 14" HD 13" or 16"
Graphics Integrated Integrated
Options: Docking Station Mini Display Port to DVI Adapter


Type Manufacturer Connectivity
LaserJet HP LaserJet Ent 500 M553n-color USB, Ethernet
LaserJet HP LaserJet Ent 600 M601dn, B/W USB, Ethernet
LaserJet, multi-function HP LaserJet Pro 400 M477dn, color USB, Ethernet
OfficeJet, multi-function HP OfficeJet Pro 8710, color
USB, Ethernet
Document Imaging Scanner Canon DR 6010C USB
Document Scanner Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 USB


3 year on-site

Standard Projector

Product Manufacturer Specs
Projector PowerLite 99W Epson 3000 Lumens, WXGA
Replacement bulb MPN: V13H010L88 Epson  
Ceiling mount for projector, MPN: RPA-U Chief RPAU Steel, black, ceiling mountable
Suspended ceiling plate, MPN: CMS-440 Chief Speed-Connect CMS 440 Projector mounting kit, white
Extension column, MPN: CMS-003 Chief Speed-Connect CMS 003 Chrome