Business Systems staff are responsible for the provision of corporate package and in house Business applications to underpin the University’s Information Strategy
The Section performs full system lifecycle development in a range of technologies, including Oracle, Java and .Net for the development, delivery and support of Corporate Systems, online services for students and staff, new business systems projects and the development of innovative IT solutions in new technologies.
Business systems work closely with the other sections of Information Services (Infrastructure, Customer Services and the Library) for the support and development of corporate applications.
Business systems is organised into a number of areas of activity.
This team is responsible for the delivery of support and the development of enhancements for student and staff online services and the existing corporate business applications, including Pegasus, mPegasus, Admissions and Student Records, Finance, HR, PECOS, online shop, Estates, Student Accommodation, Timetabling, Library systems as well as many interfaces/integration services that allow systems to be connected up. This team work closely with their customer base for the specification of enhancements as well as the IS Customer Service Helpdesks and IS Infrastructure teams.
Development & Innovation comprises a team of specialists in the provision of innovative IT solutions. The team works collaboratively with University and external stakeholders to identify project opportunities and scope improvements for existing systems and applications and to deliver a diverse range of activities/services including Web and Application Design Services including the Enhanced Web Development Service (EWDS) and the support and delivery of IT solutions in SharePoint, a platform widely adopted across the University for collaborative working and information dissemination.
The project areas of the Business Systems Section deliver a number of in house or package IT solutions in partnership with Business Staff in Professional Services or the Departments. These Business Application projects are endorsed by the Information Strategy Committee (ISC), follow Formal Project Planning and Management Techniques around the University Project management standards and are steered by a formal Project Board (Steering Group) which reports into the ISC. For more details visit Current Business System Projects.
Business systems staff are working more closely with IT staff in the faculties as part of the Developers forum, convened in October 2010 and chaired by the Head of Business Systems. The forum promotes partnership working with the faculty IT systems including linking into Central data, removal of duplication and the promotion of common development standards.