Students have access to the free software listed below for educational use. There are also a number of technology vendors that are part of the Demon Discounts program and offer discounted products and services to the university community.

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching

The Azure Dev Tools for Teaching is a special program that provides free tools to faculty and students, including Project, SQL Server, Visio, Visual Studio, operating systems, and so on. To get the software:

  1. Go to the Azure Dev Tools for Teaching website.
  2. Click the "Sign In" button. You do not need to register. Use your email account and password.
  3. The software can be found under the "Software" tab.
  4. The product key for the software you are trying to download will be appear after you click the "View Key" button.


VMWare virtualization products are available for CDM faculty and currently enrolled students to use in their courses. Please visit the website to download software.


IBM InfoSphere BigInsights
InfoSphere BigInsights combines the power of Hadoop with enterprise-grade features including visualization & exploration, advanced analytics, and security & administration. InfoSphere BigInsights Quick Start Edition, the latest edition to the InfoSphere BigInsights family, is a free, downloadable, non-production version.

IBM Infosphere Streams
InfoSphere Streams is an advanced computing platform that can quickly ingest, analyze and correlate information as it arrives from thousands of real-time sources. Because it can handle high throughput rates, InfoSphere Streams can analyze millions of events per second, enabling sub-millisecond response times and instant decision-making. Now you can get your hands on this technology with InfoSphere Streams Quick Start Edition, a free, downloadable, non-production version.

IBM DB2 Express
IBM DB2 Express-C is a no-charge community edition of the DB2 data server. It is ideal for small businesses and multi-branch companies, as well as developers and business partners who serve these clients. DB2 Express-C can be setup quickly, is easy-to-use, and includes self-managing capabilities. It also embodies all of the core features of the more scalable DB2 editions, including Data Studio, Time Travel Query, pureXML and Compression Backup.

IBM Lotus Symphony
IBM® Lotus® Symphony™ is a suite of open source office applications. It provides the common functionality you need to create, edit and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations. This no-charge software is ideal for both business and personal projects.

Optimal Workshop

Optimal Workshop is a user research platform helpful for students in the HCI, ISM, and Experience Design programs. Their tools (which include card sorting, tree testing, and first click) are aimed to guide decisions in interaction design and information architecture.

Linux at CDM

CDM offers Ubuntu Linux in the Lan lab (CDM 659). If you need access to these machines, please contact a lab assistant for assistance with the login procedure.

For certain classes, you might need access to the Linux Environment remotely to complete an assignment. Please follow these steps: 

  • Connect via SSH to:
  • Enter your Campus Connect username/password. Do not put DPU before your username when logging into Linux via SSH.
  • For any questions, please contact:


  • FileZilla is a popular free FTP client for all operating systems.
    Please be aware that the installer may attempt to install 3rd-party adware.
    Read through the installation steps carefully.


Please contact CDM TechSupport for any support questions.