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Application Development

 Custom application requests fall into one of three general categories:
  1. Applications that replace static web pages with dynamic database driven web pages. An example of this type would be the Skidmore College Events Calendar. Requests for this type of application are handled by the Office of Communications.

  2. Applications that extend or supplement the college's administrative systems. The on-line Master Schedule of Courses is an example of this type of application. Requests for this type of application are handled by IT - Enterprise Systems. New requests should be made through the IT Help Desk Ticket system.

  3. Applications that are all or partially administrative in nature that are not directly related to the main administrative applications of the college. The IT Help Desk Ticketing system and HR Training Registration are examples of this type of application. Requests for this type of application are handled by IT - Enterprise Systems. New requests should be made through the IT Help Desk Ticket system.

Buy or Develop

Although IT is more than happy to create custom web applications when needed, users should first look at the availability of purchasing third party applications. Third party applications should be evaluated based on cost, features, reviews/recommendations, and the availability of long term support from the vendor. Only if a suitable product can not be found will custom development be considered. Cost should not be the sole deciding factor to not purchase an application. Remember that there is a staffing/developer cost to the college for creating custom applications. If you have any questions about funding application purchases please contact the Director of IT.