Application Development uses the latest technology to support Business Affairs in its continuous efforts to improve the delivery of services and information to the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. Their activities include creating and maintaining business applications, developing interactive web sites, creating sophisticated reporting, and serving a technical consulting role for their fellow Business Affairs departments. Application Development regards its activities as collaborative efforts and works closely with functional area staff on every project.
The Business Applications role is responsible for creating and supporting interactive, web-based, applications which automate and streamline previously manual processes. Travel, Parking, Contracting, Encumbrance Change Request, and Cash Receipts are a few applications they have developed. Creating new applications is only one part of the work they do. An equally important part of their work is managing, maintaining, and updating the applications. Perhaps their most important job is supporting their applications’ users by researching questions, troubleshooting problems, and responding to requests for help.
The Financial Reporting and Analytics role provides advanced report authoring services for Business Affairs using Texas Tech's enterprise reporting suite, IBM Cognos. Working directly with subject matter experts, they have created a growing library of financial reporting based on data from the university’s Sunguard/Banner Financial Information System. Current reporting topics include encumbrances, invoices, checks, fund balances, grants, net income, HUB, student AR, and more. The Financial Reporting and Analytics Reporting team is always happy to research questions from report users, but they particularly enjoy helping aspiring Cognos authors with advice, training, and tips.