Computer and Software Purchasing

One of RIT’s core services is to assist with hardware and software purchases. We are positioned to help you purchase what you need, and we also have hardware and software available for use.


RIT and IS have a limited number of software licenses for use by researchers and academics at Massachusetts Eye and Ear on Mass. Eye and Ear-owned computers.

The software packages available are:

  • MS Office 2010 Professional for PC; MS Office 2011 Professional for Mac
  • Endnote X4 for PC and Mac
  • Adobe CS6 Premium (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, Acrobat Professional X) for Mac and PC
  • Matlab 2014a for PC and Mac.*
  • DNA Star Lasergene 9 for Mac and PC*
  • Vector NTI 11 for PC*
  • National Instruments Labview

*These packages require that the computer they are installed on be within the Mass. Eye and Ear network. If you require offsite usage, please contact us.

If you need software other than what is on this list, please email us at and request a quote. We have access to educational pricing (Harvard UIS), and typically can get software at a lower-than-retail price. A Harvard ID (HUID) is required for most purchases.


RIT works with the research and educational community to replace old and obsolete desktop computers. If you have a computer that meets the criteria, please contact RIT for an evaluation.

Research IT can assist with the purchasing of new computer hardware and software. We have existing relationships with vendors that offer discounted pricing. If you have a purchase in mind, please send us an email explaining what you would like and we’ll gladly seek a quote with the best possible options to meet your needs.

Please note: When replacing an existing Mass. Eye and Ear/SERI computer, the old computer and any superseded external storage devices must be returned to Information Services.

If you are purchasing a new computer without replacing an existing one, you will be required to pay for the licensing of the Microsoft Services used by the new computer. These include applications and network services. Please contact us for a quote and to answer any questions you may have. If you are replacing an existing machine, you will not have to pay for the licensing but you will need to retire the existing system to keep the counts in our agreement correct.

If you are purchasing something that will require that installation of clinical applications, we ask that you contact IS.