Principles - Definitions
An application is any software or automated business system (which may include
inderdependent hardware and software components) that processes data and supports
one or more business functions. Functions may be specific to an individual department,
group of departments, or work group, or may be "global" across major components
of the University.
Applications are created by a variey of tools (which would include, for example,
a word processing tool or spreadsheet tool) and execute on a variety of technical
The applications principles apply to all applications which support one or
more specific administrative (as opposed to instruction or research) functions.
The tools used to create applications and the platforms on which they execute
are covered by the infrastructure principles.
Note: In all the applications principles, to "acquire" an application includes
all of the following acquisition methods: purchase, develop, or receive as
"University administrative data" is data created or used in the performance of
an administrative University function. In this context University administrative
data includes data which is used across the University (enterprise-wide) as well
as data which is use by a limited number of organizations (local). University
administrative data will be classified and further defined via policies and standards
for the purposes of collection, storage, security and access.
Infrastructure is the set of underlying technologies that link data and applications,
including hardware, software, communications. It includes all components of the
users' technical environment (desktop hardware and software), the hardware, software
and communications which provide applications and electronic services, and the
tools used to create those applications and services.