The DeSC Program: Managed Evironment Governance
DeSC Standard - DeSC Lite - MacDeSC
The primary function of the Desktop Systems Council is to oversee the three managed environments (DeSC, DeSC-Lite and MacDeSC) both in meeting internal deadlines and priorities, and in complying with University policy requirements. The Council provides a stabilizing influence so the various computing environments’ organizational concepts, directions and projects are established and maintained with a visionary view. The Council provides insight on long-term strategies in support of university mandates and OIT initiatives. Members of the Council ensure that the university’s business and academic objectives are adequately addressed and information technology remains under control.
Controlling objectives as emergent issues force changes to be considered;
Resolving conflicts and disputes, reconciling differences of opinion and approach;
Acceptance of project deliverables;
Establishment and enforcement of policies and standards for DeSC and MacDeSC, and to a lesser degree, for DeSC-Lite.
Ensure alignment with university schedules, policies and services.
The University standardized the desktop computer environment for administrative computing through the Princeton Desktop Initiative (PDI). A common computing infrastructure was considered essential for the success of the new administrative computing applications under development. Many of these new systems are sponsored by Partnership 2000, the University's program to replace all computer-based administrative systems with Oracle-based, distributed computing software applications.
Once PDI ended, the Provost formed the Desktop Systems Council to ensure that the standard administrative computing environment be maintained and regularly enhanced for the delivery of the new administrative systems and productivity tools promised through PDI.
Since the end of PDI, each "administrative standard computer" purchased through the Microcomputer Distribution Center and later the Dell Premier Web Site has been configured like the original PDI machines and made a part of DeSC.
Other groups have been encouraged to join DeSC, that is to purchase a DeSC "administrative standard machine" and be configured for the Princeton domain. The Provost and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty have supported the acquisition of DeSC computers through the Faculty Computer Program.
The DeSC computer is a particular computer model, running a particular set of central software. The University's decision to establish a standard hardware and software desktop environment stems from the goal of streamlining costs associated with application development, software installation, computing support, system administration, and software licensing. By choosing one hardware model and a standard software suite, the University is positioned to negotiate better pricing and maintenance fees, and computing support staff are better able provide the best possible assistance.
This project was launched in November 1996.
In 2010 the Council restructured the DeSC Program and expanded its governance and brought under its oversight addditional University managed environments. While the DeSC Program continues to include the fully managed administrative standard computer environment, recently renamed "DeSC Standard" (formerly just "DeSC"), the Council has been given approval to bring two additional managed environments under the DeSC program. "DeSC Lite, a managed desktop environment with more flexibilty and MacDeSC (formerly Managed Macintosh Enviornment).
Currently only the DeSC Standard environment includes Laptops.