After an extensive selection process to evaluate vendors for the HSB Student Laptop Program, Lenovo has again been chosen as our preferred partner. The process was spearheaded by Jeannine Shantz, Manager of the Laptop Program, with the assistance of members of the HSB Technology Committee and key SJU I.T. personnel. Request for Proposals (RFP)s, prepared by Jeannine, were sent to Sony, HP, Gateway, Dell and Lenovo in early October. HP, Dell and Lenovo submitted proposals; CDW-G responded with a bid for Toshibia (to the proposal sent to Sony); Gateway declined to participate.
Committee members used a Wiki to post documents, meeting minutes, updates, vendor references, independent laptop reviews and comments. A consensus was reached that the decision would be between Dell and Lenovo. Dr. Ginny Miori, one of the committee members, used Decision Lens, to guide the process through to a balanced conclusion. Decision Lens uses the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to assist in the evaluation of subjective decisions. The AHP provides a structured framework for setting priorities on each level of the hierarchy using pairwise comparisons, a process of evaluating each pair of decision factors at a given level on the model for their relative importance with respect to their parent.
Dr. Miori constructed and sent an AHP instrument to each committee member, asking them to rate the priorities for the laptop program, on a given scale. This information was then input into Decision Lens and Lenovo emerged as the clear winner. To see the instrument used by the committee, click here. To access the report generated by Decision Lens, click here.
Faculty who are interested in using this software can download it by following the instructions below:
To download version 1.10 of the Decision Lens Suite software, go to
www.decisionlens.com and at the bottom click “Client Login”.
Once there, you will see a link to “Download Decision Lens Suite v1.10”.
Please click that link and save that file to your desktop; it is roughly45 MB in size, so it may take about 20-25 minutes to download over broadband. Once the download is finished, run the new installer and
reboot your computer.
The first time you attempt to run the software, it will prompt you for a license file and provide a unique 13 digit code. Email that code to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send you back the license file.