Software Licensing and Distribution

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The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) is responsible for negotiating and licensing software available as a site-wide license as well as many volume-license purchases for specific College or divisional use. DoIT also maintains a program for both online and media distribution.

  • Software licensing includes gathering user requirements, identifying appropriate software, then working with vendors to identify and negotiate appropriate levels of licensing. DoIT staff maintain the licensing database of more than 5,100 software packages to timely renew, purchase and report on the software portfolio to comply with legal and audit requirements.
  • Software distribution includes maintaining a current software repository, managing orders, verifying use cases meet license restrictions, billing, and either electronic or physical media delivery.

NIU has licensed the entire campus in the Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES), formerly known as Microsoft Campus Agreement, that allows NIU access to:

  • Microsoft Office for both NIU-owned and personally-owned Windows and MacOS computers;
  • SharePoint Servers and their Search, Document Collaboration, My Sites, Workflows, and Office Web Apps features;
  • System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for remote management of NIU-owned workstations;
  • System Center Endpoint Protection (formerly Forefront) for antivirus/malware protection on NIU-owned Windows and MacOS workstations;
  • Windows Enterprise (including BitLocker) for all NIU-owned workstations and unlimited installations on faculty and staff personal computers; and
  • Windows Servers, Active Directory, file and print services on Windows Servers.

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