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Skidmore College
Information Technology

Application Development 

Custom application requests fall into one of three general categories: 

  • 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 cannot 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.