Enterprise Applications and Data Systems

Taylor University’s Information Technology department strives to deploy and support applications and information development environments that are reliable, sustainable, and easy to use while maintaining an interest in information integrity and security. The successful and appropriate deployment of enterprise applications and information systems adds effectiveness and efficiency to University administration, educational, and service functions.

The University has a multitude of departments, each with a unique focus and interest, but all driven toward ensuring that our faculty are able to teach effectively and students to learn effectively and that we are all able to function together as a community. This kind of environment requires a solid foundation in and access to information that is useful for engaging with one another and making wise decisions. This is an interest of everyone in the IT department, but is a special focus for teams of experts based on the lower level of the Nussbaum Science Building.

Current applications include:

  • Banner — a platform for managing university data in almost every institutional area:
    • student information systems (including academic records)
    • alumni (donors and gifts)
    • finance (accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger)
    • human resources (including employment status and payroll)
  • Blackboard — learning and course management
  • dotCMS — web content management, including myTAYLOR
  • WebFOCUS and InfoAssist — business intelligence and data reporting
  • Access It — management of keycards for electronically secured doors

Service

It’s not just about installing and managing those pieces of software that IT is primarily responsible for. Just as in other areas of work, the staff who work on enterprise applications and information systems are also committed to service. Applications specialists help support software used by the registrar, financial aid department, and more. Other folks work hard on creating custom reports to help various areas on campus turn raw data from disparate systems into useful information that can help inform their future decisions.