This policy is approved by the Chief Information Officer.
Every business computing system at Bowdoin College must have a designated Business System Owner who ensures that the system meets the business needs of the College and is appropriately available, secure and sustainable. This policy establishes business system ownership and ensures that each system meets its functional requirements, is appropriately documented, is secure and controlled, has been adequately tested, and is maintainable.
This policy applies to all computerized systems at Bowdoin College involved with the creation, updating, processing, outputting, distribution, and other uses of business information at Bowdoin College. This policy applies to the Business System Owner of any business computing system at Bowdoin College and to all persons who develop, implement, maintain and use any College business computing systems.
The specifications in this policy are independent of system architecture and delivery platforms (i.e. it make no difference whether an application resides in mainframe, web, client/server, peer-to-peer, or other present or future environments). This policy applies to applications developed at Bowdoin College, acquired from external vendors, built from open-source components, as well as those extended from existing or purchased applications. This policy applies to all business applications that deal with financial, administrative, or other business information that is an integral part of running the business of the College. This policy applies to any application that affects more than one person’s job responsibilities.
A Business Computing System is any application that directly or indirectly deals with or supports financial, administrative, or other information that is an integral part of running the business of the College.
The Business System Owner of a Business Computing System is usually the owner of the primary business functions served by the application, the application’s largest stakeholder. When the business application affects several different functional business areas of the College, the Chief Information Officer will designate the Business System Owner.
A System or Software Developer is a person who designs and writes software for commercial use. Systems Integrators are individuals or organizations that build systems from a variety of diverse components. With increasing complexity of technology, and organizations’ desire for complete solutions to information problems, requiring hardware, software and networking expertise in a multi-vendor environment, Systems Developers / Integrators are often key in the implementation of administrative systems.
The System Administrator manages the day-to-day operation of the computer system(s) within a department that support the business computing system. These support functions may include any or all of the following functions: database management, software distribution and upgrading, user profile management, version control, backup & recovery, virus protection and performance and capacity planning. The System Administrator typically reports within the Chief Information Officer’s organization
A System User is any individual who interacts with the computer at an application level. Developers, Integrators, Administrators and other technical personnel are not considered users when working in a professional capacity on the computer system.
A Business System Owner who does not use the services of the Chief Information Officer’s organization for design, development, or maintenance of a business computing system must assume both Business System Owner and System Developer / Integrator responsibilities.
Working with the System Developer / Integrator:
System administrators of distributed computing systems, remote network servers, or small stand alone systems may perform the roles, and have the responsibilities of, Business System Owner, Developer, User and System Administrators in succession, and on an ongoing basis.System User